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.

 

The WEEI.com Power Rankings are out and have the Celtics heading into the 2010-11 season sitting in the same spot they finished the previous campaign in, No. 2, behind the Lakers. The Celts are positioned one spot in front of their Opening Night foes, the Miami Heat. Rounding out the Top 5 are Oklahoma City and Orlando. According to the rankings, the three worst teams in the NBA to start the season will be Detroit, Cleveland and Toronto.

 

Jermaine O'Neal went through a full practice Friday and expressed confidence that he'll be ready to play when the regular season opens on Tuesday. O'Neal is dealing with a variety of injuries, but the one that has affected him is the most is torn cartalige in his left wrist. The injury occurred in the first quarter of the Celtics preseason game in Toronto last Friday.

 

WALTHAM -- In the wake of comments by NBA commissioner David Stern that he wants player salaries cut by a third, Celtics alternate player representative Rajon Rondo said Friday that he is already saving his money in the event that league owners decide to lockout players after this season and shut down in order to save on expenses. 

 

According to multiple reports, former Celtics guard Charles Smith was shot Thursday afternoon at a house in Bowie, Md., and was in critical but stable condition following surgery. Authorities were searching for a man seen fleeing the home with a handgun.

 

Since Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce joined forces, the



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The Celtics announced Thursday that they have waived forwards Stephane Lasme, Keith “Tiny” Gallon, and guard Mario West.  Lasme, a 6-foot-8 215 lbs forward, averaged 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game during the 2010 preseason for the Celtics. West, a 6-foot-5 210 lbs guard, appeared in all eight preseason games for the Celtics averaging 0.7 points and 0.7 rebounds in 7.3 minutes per game. Gallon, a 6-foot-9 290 lbs forward, was signed by the Celtics on Oct. 19 and dressed for the game against New Jersey on Oct. 20.

 

Chris Mannix from Sports Illustrated joined Dale & Holley to talk about the Celtics, the Heat and why LeBron James should have kept his Twitter messages to himself. Mannix thinks that Kevin Garnett will have a bounce-back season and put himself back into the mix of elite players in the NBA. "I think that Garnett is a great player, even now," Mannix said. "I think that knee is all the way back. I see him moving on the court a different way than I saw last year.

Doc Rivers didn’t coach the Celtics Wednesday night, but his imprint was all over his team's second-half comeback against the New Jersey Nets i



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Following his team's 102-97 win Wednesday night in the preseason finale against New Jersey, Celtics captain Paul Pierce said he believe that his current team of veterans has a 'window' of opportunity to win another NBA title.