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05/11/2011 - 1:20pm
Shaq reportedly shy about statue at LSU

Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal reportedly is resisting plans by LSU to erect a life-sized statue of the 7-footer in front of the university's new basketball practice facility.

According to the website Sports by Brooks, Shaq has donated "multiple millions" funds to his alma mater but always requested that his name not be placed on any of the new facilities he helped fund.

The website reports that the school already has competed the statue of O'Neal dunking the ball in an effort to convince him to accept the honor. There also are plans to have three other statues, representing Pete Maravich, Bob Petit and women's standout Seimone Augustus. O'Neal reportedly has donated the money for the Augustus statue.

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05/11/2011 - 12:47pm
Gammons: Sox missing 'personality chip'

Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Red Sox.

Gammons said he's trying to figure out why the Sox can't seem to put things together and get over the .500 mark.

"There's something funny about the passion of this team," he said. "I still don't see the offense. They haven't scored 10 runs in a game all year. I don't believe they've been ahead by four runs at the end of the fourth inning all year. So, games have really been struggles for them.

"They probably will click on all cylinders. But for the time being … Is it right to say that it's almost like there's a little chip missing here? I really sense that, that there's a personality chip missing that's different than what they maintained last year when they overachieved."

Added Gammons: "I can't put my finger on it. I thought about it all last week. I kept...

05/11/2011 - 11:16am
Shaq doubtful for Game 5, Rondo will play

MIAMI -- Shaquille O'Neal didn't play in the second half or overtime of Game 4 of the Celtics' playoff series with the Heat and he's not likely to play in Wednesday night's Game 5 either. It wasn't a coaching decision by Doc Rivers, it was strictly health-related. "It was physical," Rivers said at the team's shootaround Wednesday. "Don’t know yet today. I will say I doubt it. That little stretch of the game it got worse." 

Rivers said that Shaq's condition worsened in the four minutes he played in Game 4 and it doesn't sound like he will be able to play no matter what happens in Game 5 or beyond. "It’s nothing he can do. It’s not like he’s not trying," Rivers said. "He’s done everything you possibly can do to get healthy. Unfortunately for him he just hasn’t been able to do it. When he originally got injured no one thought it was that serious. It just never healed and it still...

05/11/2011 - 9:54am
Game 5 refs: Foster, Spooner, Garretson

The officials for Wednesday night's Celtics-Heat Game 5 in Miami are Scott Foster, Bill Spooner and Ron Garretson.

All three will be overseeing a Celtics game for the first time this postseason. All three officiated one game of the Heat's first-round playoff series vs. the 76ers.

Foster has recovered from his friendship with disgraced former official Tim Donaghy and has received key assignments from the NBA. He was part of the officiating crew for last year's Game 7 of the NBA finals, which the Celtics lost to the Lakers.

Spooner is the referee who filed suit against Associated Press reporter Jon Krawczynski after an incident in a Jan. 24 game between the Timberwolves and Rockets. Krawczynski reported that Spooner told Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis he would "get it back" after making a bad call and then made "an even worse call on the Rockets." Spooner sued for $75,000 and a retraction.

Garretson, the son of...

05/11/2011 - 9:05am
Bucher on D&C: Heat's 'talent trumps all'

ESPN NBA analyst Ric Bucher joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the Celtics-Heat series.

Asked if the Celtics will claw and scrape and do whatever they can to avoid elimination in Wednesday night's Game 5, Bucher said that might be the case, but it still likely won't be enough.

"I would certainly expect that [effort], knowing the character and the temperament of this team. I just don't know that it's going to matter," he said. "We've seen one thing in this postseason, it's that the athletes and athleticism has taken over this league. It's just a matter of sort of pushing that big boulder downhill; it begins to gain momentum.

"The Miami Heat, whatever confidence they had playing against the Celtics overall, beating them on their home floor, beating them in last-minute execution just has to do wonders for their confidence. And if there was an Achilles' heel that the Celtics had to take...

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