Let's Be Honest

Okay lets be honest here for a second: Do you think signing Shaquille O’Neal was a good idea or bad? At the time I thought it was a great idea, but now not so much. He was brought here for the playoffs and to fill the gap for when Kendrick Perkins came back. In which he ended up being the main big man when the unthinkable happened. He was only featured in one playoff game for about 10 minutes. To me it was a big waste of money, but what do you think? And what should the Celtics do if he decides to come back next year? These are all important questions the Celtics need to ask themselves.

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  1. Adam

    May 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Signing Jermaine O’Neal to two years at the full MLE is a very questionable move. Signing Shaquille O’Neal for two years at the veteran’s minimum is a low risk/high reward signing. Now, looking back at the season, he was useless during the most important part of the season. When he was healthy, he was as big as of a factor for us winning as anyone else on the roster.
    He has one season left at $1.4 million and I would not cut him at all. If he wants to play, you bring him off the bench and playing no more than 15 minutes a game. Have Shaq, Jermaine and Nenad split the 48 minutes at center and draft a kid like Jordan Williams to develop.
    A best case scenario would be to grab a Samuel Dalembert or Tyson Chandler, but I don’t see that happening.

  2. paul

    May 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    What? I agree with Richard. How do you even ask this question? Shaq was totally brilliant. What WASN’T brilliant was The Trade which made two brave but very gimpy old guys our starting center, so to speak, going into the playoffs. And that points to the mystery about this season. How could someone, Ainge, have such a brilliant summer, setting up a great Celtics season, followed by such a HORRIBLE screwup on the verge of the playoffs? How did the same person do both those things?

  3. Richard

    May 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Signing Shaq was brilliant, are you kidding me? how do you even ask that? we don’t win that many games at the beginning of the season if it wasn’t for Shaq.

    Trusting him to be healthy in the playoffs might not have been a good idea, but if we had had the Shaq that played at the beginning of the season, it would have been a longer series at least.

  4. jamsession18

    May 23, 2011 at 9:08 am

    It was a great signing at the time. He wasnt supposed to b the main big man. Perk was! Thats only ainge! I think he owes it to himself and the organization to play out his last year and finish strong amd healthy. If we would’ve had the 2009-2010 shaq, we would still be playing now! Besides, we only spend a mil. A drop in the bucket!

  5. camp

    May 23, 2011 at 9:08 am

    they should look for multiple young big men to fill the KP gap now and the KG gap later. Big Baby will need help in the inside in the future. the O’Neals are done and was a waste of money

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