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JordansBulls
11-23-2010, 11:45 AM
Link (http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-hawks/shaq-picked-celtics-over-751053.html)




"These guys are one step away," O'Neal said before Boston played the Hawks Monday night at Philips Arena. "But I love this town. I've had a home in Buckhead for 15 years."

O'Neal was interested in joining the Hawks over the summer. But after Atlanta balked at increasing its offer to more than the veteran's minimum salary, O'Neal signed with the Celtics for the same amount.

In addition to their reluctance to push their payroll above the luxury tax, the Hawks were concerned whether O'Neal would accept a back-up role behind center Al Horford and mesh with a relatively young team. He's one of five Celtics players with at least 12 years in the league.

"They have a blend of veteran players with the core of their team, and it's a lot easier to fit in a vet like Shaq," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "If we brought him in here, it would be a little tougher. I don't think his personality would have fit with our guys. It makes more sense to have veteran guys around him."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said there have been no issues with O'Neal accepting his role on a team with established players and strong personalities.

"We have good veterans," he said. "We are going to do it our way, nobody else's way, no matter who comes in the locker room. None of that individual stuff will be tolerated."

Sly Guy
11-23-2010, 11:48 AM
no.

shaq picked the c's cuz he can walk down the court like the other geriatric players on his team.

niceguy
11-23-2010, 11:52 AM
no.

he picked celtics cause he wants to be on "tv" more. i thought we already went through this.

Mishmin
11-23-2010, 11:53 AM
It's like choosing between San Antonio and Portland, and if he's looking for a ring that's an easy call.

ackar
11-23-2010, 11:55 AM
It was a good basketball decision for Shaq to Boston enough said...let's move on.

xbrackattackx
11-23-2010, 12:04 PM
I see a future Ban in this room, And it makes me happy cause they kill both names.


But Why would shaq not pick the celtics they are stacked.

Sly Guy
11-23-2010, 12:11 PM
I see a future Ban in this room, And it makes me happy cause they kill both names.


But Why would shaq not pick the celtics they are stacked.

who? me? It's true! shaq doesn't fit the up and down style of atlanta, he knows he's never in shape to play that way so why put himself in a position to be ineffective and hurt his legacy?

xbrackattackx
11-23-2010, 12:18 PM
who? me? It's true! shaq doesn't fit the up and down style of atlanta, he knows he's never in shape to play that way so why put himself in a position to be ineffective and hurt his legacy?

I could care less what you think about shaq. That's not what I was talking about.

Skullduggery
11-23-2010, 12:19 PM
can't blame him, he doesn't have much time left to try to get another one. and he certainly doesnt need the money anymore

Sadds The Gr8
11-23-2010, 12:23 PM
isn't this obvious?

jackdawson
11-23-2010, 12:23 PM
Is that a wonder? wow! That's an easy call.

ackar
11-23-2010, 12:23 PM
I see a future Ban in this room, And it makes me happy cause they kill both names.


But Why would shaq not pick the celtics they are stacked.

Future ban? Explain whom to you refer and why.

wtbaseball
11-23-2010, 12:26 PM
Please tell me you all knew this before this thread was started... If not you are clueless.

Sly Guy
11-23-2010, 12:26 PM
purely speculation, but does anyone else think that shaq is chasing another ring just to one-up kobe?

ttam68
11-23-2010, 12:37 PM
Old news

Mr.Chi-Town
11-23-2010, 01:01 PM
Please tell me you all knew this before this thread was started... If not you are clueless.

x2

JordansBulls
11-23-2010, 03:55 PM
Was he even going to start in Atlanta?

KmB728
11-23-2010, 04:07 PM
Was he even going to start in Atlanta?

Maybe you should read the article YOU posted :facepalm:

Super.
11-23-2010, 04:50 PM
Obvious thread is obvious

llemon
11-23-2010, 05:02 PM
Shaq is full of crap, as always.

He would have gone to Hawks if they had given him the $8 mil over two years he wanted.

He even held out for a 2nd guaranteed year from Boston before signing.