From the beginning, the starting center spot for the Celtics was going to be a fluid situation. With Kendrick Perkins rehabbing from knee surgery, Jermaine O'Neal started camp as the first-team center. When he hurt his hamstring and missed a week of practice, Shaquille O'Neal assumed the role. Now that the start of the season is right around the corner, it appears that when the starters are introduced Tuesday night, Shaq will be among them.
"They’re both playing well," Doc Rivers said after practice Saturday. "J.O. has just missed so much time that he’s so far behind, but he’s getting it. You can tell." Both players have inisisted that they don't care who starts, but Rivers like the competition.
"They’re both going for it," Rivers said. "At the end of the day when you decide, they’ll be able to live with it. They’re going after each other. I love it. It’s good for practice."
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