I’m shocked – shocked! – that Shaq took a shot at Mo Williams yesterday. I’m not so stunned that he took a shot at Mo as I am that he waited until yesterday. The over/under on Shaq firing an unceremonious shot at one of his former teammates was a week after signing somewhere else. It took him a full month. If I were a betting man, I would have lost a fair amount of money. (Wait, I AM a betting man? I DID lose a fair amount of money? Here comes the computer toss…)
Anyway, here’s what Shaq had to say about his former teammate. (New Orleans Times Picayune)
O’Neal said what sold him on the Celtics is the unselfish play of the veteran group.
“I like that they play together and nobody really worries about shots, ” O’Neal said. “When I was with Cleveland, guys who couldn’t even play were worried about shots. Why was Mo (Williams) taking 15 shots, and I’m only taking four? If LeBron takes 20 shots, that’s cool.
“So I said, let me get with a good team for the last two years. I don’t mind people calling me a journeyman. I’ve been programmed to move around every three years.”
As for Mo, still stuck in Lebron-less Cleveland? Mo’ losses, mo’ problems. But mo’ shots, too.
Click the jump for Shaq quotes about himself and the Celtics.
P.S. – In case you were wondering, Shaq continued to say all the right things: “I’m at the point in my life where I can’t carry a team by myself anymore, but I can be a piece on a team that’s already good,” said O’Neal. “The Celtics are good with or without me. A lot of people say, ‘how can I be a complementary player?’ But at 38, it’s easy. If I was 28, it would be a problem, Doc.”
He later continued: “Even though I’ve played 18 years, my body doesn’t feel like it because I’ve missed 260 games due to injury, ” O’Neal said. “But if I was still averaging 20 shots a game, I would still be averaging those Shaq numbers. But I’ve been in situations where there are younger and better guys, so you can get them to take all the shots.”