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Is Shaq the Missing Piece of the Puzzle in Boston? – SportsUntapped.com
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Added August 6th, 2010 by Ryan

Is Shaq the Missing Piece of the Puzzle in Boston?
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A few days ago, the Boston Celtics made a big free agent signing after convincing four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal to sign with the team for the veteran minimum ($3 million dollars, $1.5 million per season) over the next two seasons.

Even though Shaq was looking for one more big payday this summer, the Big Aristotle wasn’t getting much interest around the league as the consensus was that he is pretty much done as a starter and with a personality like his, sitting on the bench is not an option.

Much like superstar Allen Iverson last summer, Shaq didn’t have teams in the NBA knocking down his door as sometimes he can do more harm than good and always seems to leave town on a bad note. The 15-time All-Star may have won three NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat, but after being traded from those teams he really didn’t have good things to say about LA or Miami.

Despite not really being the player he used to be with the Phoenix Suns and the Cleveland Cavaliers, he left both of those franchises on relatively good terms, which bodes well for the Boston Celtics next season.

Last season the one thing that the Boston Celtics were missing in the NBA Finals, especially in the deciding game seven, against the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers was a serious lack of size in the paint.

With defensive minded center Kendrick Perkins going down with a knee injury that would keep him out game seven of the NBA Finals and the majority of next season, the Celtics had to do something to make up for the big void left by Perkins in the paint.

The Celtics first move was signing former All-Star Jermaine O’Neal which was considered a great move, but they weren’t done there as they ultimately signing Shaquille O’Neal as well and might have one of the most intimidating frontcourts in the league next season.

Whether or not the Shaq experiment works in Boston remains to be seen, but his presence definitely makes the team better heading into the 2010-2011 NBA season.

 
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