Robert Parish is drinking the offseason kool-aid as much as anyone. He is really loving Shaq. (Boston Globe)
“I was happy about the acquisition of Mr. Shaquille O’Neal, it was a good move because the Celtics are trying to win it now,’’ Parish said last week. “Before the other veterans run out of gas, [Kevin] Garnett, [Paul] Pierce, and [Ray] Allen. So their mission is to try to win it now. I think between those two guys [Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal] in the middle, the center position is secure.’’
“Shaq can still start for at least 15 teams, maybe 20 teams,’’ Parish said. “I would say that time has caught up with him but he can still be a factor and not to mention defensively. He’s long and has a lot of mass and is going to take up a lot of room and that definitely is where the Celtics’ strong suit is, defensively. I think that’s where he gets it done. I think Shaq will definitely bring a defensive presence along with Garnett. He’s going to cause a lot of havoc defensively and he still can get it done offensively.’’
“He’s lost a step, but any time you design a game plan with Shaq on the [opposing] team, it starts with Shaq in my opinion because he is still a load,’’ Parish said.
“Shaq can still rebound and Shaq can play defense and that’s what the Celtics need most from him. Because the Celtics are going to surround Shaq with plenty of offense. He definitely can get it done defensively, but he can’t do it for a long period of time.
“Like I said, for 20 minutes or on a good night, 30 minutes, he can still get it done.’’
Not that Shaq’s a pile of dog crap or anything, but Parish must be one of those guys who steps in a pile of dog crap and thinks to himself, “Wow, that’s one hell of an excretion. Very nicely done. That pooch should be proud.” I mean, “I think [defensively is] where he gets it done”? Has Parish seen Shaq play in the past few years? If he’s the same Shaq, most of the havoc he’s going to be causing defensively is when he completely forgets (decides not to run?) his own team’s schemes.
Still, you’ve gotta love Parish. All he sees is Green, and you know I’m not talking about money.