NEWPORT, R.I. -- Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal was asked after practice Wednesday about the prospect of winning a fifth NBA title with the Celtics in 2010-11.
"I have to get five for my sanity," said O'Neal, a three-time champion with the Lakers (2000-02) and a title winner with the Heat in 2006. "If I don't get five for my sanity I'll probably look at myself as a failure. I need five, I want to be up there with Jordan and Magic and Kareem and Kobe. I need to get five, and I definitely have to get five before the great Tim Duncan. Because that's who I'm competing against."
O'Neal was asked if winning a title with the Celtics -- the franchise with the most championship banners -- would mean more than the other four.
"I don't know about that, a win is a win," said the 15-time All-Star. "I'm just trying to be half the player of the great Bill Russell. I've got this...
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein joined the Dale & Holley show to offer his thoughts on the 2010 season.
"We're disappointed," Epstein said. "We're proud of the way the guys hung in there and played really hard to the end, but I'm disappointed that we're going to fall short of our goal every year to get to the postseason and do some damage in October."
Yet Epstein thinks that the Sox are not far away from returning to a championship-level club. "It adds up to an organization that's in really good position and not far away from a championship," Epstein said. "In fact we could very well win one next year and that's the goal."
Asked if he could identify one thing that went wrong, Epstein said, "It's always hard to identify one single factor. It definitely is multi-factorial. We felt like we had a really good team, a legitimate chance to be one of...
FOXBORO — Veteran running back Fred Taylor was among three who were absent for the start of Patriots practice Thursday afternoon. Taylor, who has been hobbled by a nagging toe injury, wasn't on the field for the portion of practice the media is allowed to watch.
In addition to Taylor, cornerback Terrence Wheatley and offensive lineman Nick Kaczur were also not present for the beginning of the session, which was held in shorts and shells on the upper fields behind Gillette Stadium.
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FOXBORO — The Patriots have added running back Thomas Clayton to the 53-man roster and released offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka.
Clayton, 5-foot-11, 222 pounds, went to training camp with New England but was waived on Sept. 4. He signed to the Cleveland practice squad on Sept. 14. Clayton originally was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft out of Kansas State. After spending all of 2007 on the San Francisco practice squad, Clayton spent the first 14 weeks of 2008 as part of that unit until being signed to the active roster for the final two games of the season. He spent the 2009 season on injured reserve after getting injured during the preseason.
Ojinnaka, 6-foot-5, 295 pounds, was acquired by New England in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons for undisclosed draft considerations on Aug. 23. He is a veteran of four NFL seasons after originally joining Atlanta as a fifth-round draft pick out...
OXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the Week 16 battle between the 11-3 Patriots and 3-11 New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.
The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
Curtis spoke with some nut jobs outside the courtroom.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Jeff Goodman discussed the Rondo trade.
Christian quizzes Lou and Tim on which songs were used for torture by the CIA, and Tim is upset he couldn't remember Team America: World Police
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins MFB to discuss Jim Harbaugh rumors, Rex Ryan's future, and why the Patriots may be better served by not wraping up the number one seed in the AFC this week
We check in with the playmaker, the hall of famer Michael Irvin for a look at the NFL and all things Patriots as they prepare to face the Jets.
Dale and Michael discuss the trade of Rajon Rondo, and whether it ultimately was a good deal for the Celtics.
We break down Rex and the Jets vs the Patriots with CSNNE's Tom E Curran
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
Jen Royle joins the show to talk about The Taste and what its like working with amazing chefs and how her personality is going over with viewers.
What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?
Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.
Dale and Michael are live on the air as the Rondo deal goes down.More from this show