We’ve heard reports, but you know what they say: I can get a good look at a T-bone by sticking my head up a bull’s ass, but I’d rather take a butcher’s word for it. Now, we’ve got the butcher’s word. Shaq wants to play for the Celtics.
When Jimmy Kimmel brought up the Celtics, Shaq said, “The Celtics would be a good program.” Kimmel followed it up by saying, “That’d be a good place to go,” to which Shaq responded, “Yes it would.”
I said this in the comments section the other day, but it bears repeating: The Celtics aren’t just the best fit for Shaq; they might be the only fit. Don’t believe me? Okay, let’s go through the definite contenders one by one.
LA – Umm, Shaq has kind of burned any bridge that he once had with Kobe. I can’t imagine them asking each other how their asses taste while playing for the same team. Pause.
Miami – Shaq didn’t burn any bridges with a single player in Miami. Oh no… he burned bridges with the entire organization. Remember when Shaq was traded from Miami a few years ago? Nobody was spared as Shaq fired parting bullets at coaches and the front office and, of all people, poor little Chris Quinn.
Orlando – Don’t they have Dwight Howard? And Marcin Gortat to back him up? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Boston – With Perk out and Sheed probably retiring, the Diesel could fill a definite role. The C’s desperately need another center, especially for before Perk returns. Plus, the Celtics aren’t quite done putting together a 2000 All-Star team.
Is there really any other contender? You could say the Spurs, but they looked two or three steps slow last season and didn’t turn it on in the playoffs. The Mavericks? Consider me unsold. Oklahoma City? Still too young. Portland? Nope, not yet. Atlanta? Umm, did you by any chance see the playoffs? Denver? Not quite.
If Shaq wants to win a title and play a role, Boston’s his best opportunity. I just hope he leave’s that all-navy blue outfit at home.