High hopes for seeing more Shaquille O’Neal
Celtics management, as usual, knows better than to make any promises regarding Shaquille O’Neal.
The Big Question Mark played a limited, non-running role in yesterday’s practice, but your guess may be as good as that of Doc Rivers or Danny Ainge when it’s time to handicap O’Neal’s availability for Game 1 in Miami tomorrow.
The coach and the general manager both appear, at the very least, to
have more confidence that there will be a Shaq sighting at some point in
the series.I’m more confident now that he will play in the series. I don’t know
when — maybe 1, maybe 2 — but I do think he’ll play,” Rivers said before
yesterday’s practice. “It’s important. I just think it gives us another
guy with size and it gives us some more physicality, but it is what it
“He can still be Shaq, because when he walks on the floor he’s
7-feet-tall-plus and he weighs what he weighs,” he said. “Out of all the
players on our team, he probably has the easiest task in being who they
are, because that’s all he can be. And that’s pretty good.
“He needs to show something tomorrow maybe and then feel better after
that,” said Rivers. “I wish I could tell you more. I have no idea, I
really don’t. My confidence comes from (trainer Ed Lacerte). Eddie walked in today and said, ‘I feel a lot better about it.’ So I feel better about it. That’s as much as I can tell you.”
The Celtics [team stats], then, will settle in the short term for the possibility of adding O’Neal to their playoff rotation.http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view.bg?articleid=1334334&srvc=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bostonherald%2Fsports%2Fbasketball%2Fceltics+%28Boston+Celtics+-+Celtics+%26+NBA+-+BostonHerald.com%29&utm_