New Celtic Shaquille O'Neal joined the Dale & Holley show Tuesday morning, shortly after wrapping up his introductory press conference at the Celtics' Waltham practice facility. "I've done all of that [individual accomplishments]," he said. "I'm at the top of all of that. That's really no concern for me. It's all about winning now. Right now, it's all about the hardware at the end of the year."

 

WALTHAM — Sporting a bow tie and a gray pinstripe suit, Shaquille O’Neal sat beside Celtics coach Doc Rivers for his introductory press conference on Wednesday. As forward and new teammate Kevin Garnett and Luke Harangody overlooked the event from a higher level at the Celtics’ practice facility, the center fielded questions and held up his No. 36 jersey as he became the first player in franchise history to wear the number.

 

Ten questions (and answers) as we ready for a press conference to celebrate the signing of a 38-year-old center. The last time the Celtics brought in a former All-Star center at age 38? Artis Gilmore in 1988. Let's hope this goes a little better. Johnny Kelley was faster at mile 24 in the 1992 Boston Marathon.



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According to a blog post at boston.com, the agent for Rasheed Wallace confirmed that the veteran plans to retire. New Celtic Shaquille O'Neal fueled speculation that Wallace might change his mind and play in 2010-11, but apparently the persuading from Shaq and fellow Celtics newcomer Jermaine O'Neal did not work.

 

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge reportedly has been using Wallace's contract as trade bait, as Ainge has said all along that Wallace would not return to the team.

 

New Celtic Shaquille O'Neal took to his Twitter feed to lash out at ESPN's Jim Rome, challenging the talk show host to a boxing match and offering to donate his salary to charity should he lose.

 

There have been reports that the Celtics front office was not unanimous in its support of the signing of free agent center Shaquille O’Neal. How about the fans? Cast your vote in support or opposition to the move at Green Street.

The Celtics announced on their team website that they have come to terms with Shaquille O’Neal. “It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” Danny Ainge said in the release. “His past experience speaks for itself and we believe that he is a great fit for our roster.” According to the report O’Neal will wear No. 36.

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss the Celtics' impending signing of Shaquille O'Neal. Mannix said it's a one-year deal for the veteran minimum — approximately $1.4 million — with a second-year player option. "This was not an easy decision for either side," Mannix said, adding, "Shaq is obviously taking a monster pay cut. ... It's a huge, huge pay cut for this guy to play for this team and to accept a reserve role, coming off the bench.

 

According to a tweet from ESPN's Chris Broussard, Shaquille O'Neal has decided to join the Celtics and will inform the team of his decision Wednesday morning. It was widely reported Tuesday that the two sides had talked, and now it appears O'Neal is willing to accept far less money than he initially sought when he first became a free agent this summer. The Celtics can offer only the veteran minimum of $1.4 million.

For those bemoaning the idea that Shaquille O'Neal will soon be a member of the Boston Celtics, let me say first that I understand the concern.



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