|09.04.10 at 5:07 pm ET|
There was a time when being a role player would not have sat well with Shaquille O’Neal. That time has passed.
In a recent interview with the Times-Picayune, O’Neal explained that he now looks forward to playing for an unselfish ball club, even if it means less time on the court.
“I’m at the point in my life where I can’t carry a team by myself anymore, but I can be a piece on a team that’s already good,” he said. “The Celtics are good with or without me. A lot of people say, ‘How can I be a complementary player?’ But at 38, it’s easy. If I was 28, it would be a problem, Doc.”
O’Neal called out his most recent team, the Cavaliers, for their approach on offense. He singled out one former teammate in particular.
“I like that they (the Celtics) play together and nobody really worries about shots,” O’Neal said. “When I was with Cleveland, guys who couldn’t even play were worried about shots. Why was Mo (Williams) taking 15 shots, and I’m only taking four? If LeBron takes 20 shots, that’s cool.
“So I said, let me get with a good team for the last two years. I don’t mind people calling me a journeyman. I’ve been programmed to move around every three years.”
O’Neal also added that he had been interested in the Hawks and Hornets before signing with the Celtics.
|09.03.10 at 2:02 pm ET|
The best prep player in the land …
|09.02.10 at 12:16 pm ET|
Here you go. Two upset specials involving Shaquille O’Neal and his new best friend, Justin Bieber:
|09.01.10 at 11:57 pm ET|
On Wednesday, the Celtics signed free agent guard Delonte West. It has been three years since West left Boston, and the 27-year-old has taken a long journey ‘ both professional and personal ‘ to get back. Here are five things to know about West’s return to the Celtics:
1. This Isn’t His First Time Around: The Celtics drafted West with the 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. West was in the same rookie class as Al Jefferson (18th pick) and Tony Allen (25th pick). He played his first three seasons in Boston, averaging 8.3 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds. During that time, West made his mark with his aggressive play and hustle on the court. However, he was traded to the SuperSonics in 2007 as part of the Ray Allen trade.
2. Short-Lived in Seattle: West’s time on the SuperSonics is now a blip in his six-year career, but it was a stop that eventually led him to title contention. West played in 35 games for the SuperSonics (30 off the bench) and averaged 6.8 points in 20.8 minutes.
Just minutes before the 2008 trade deadline, West was sent to the Cavaliers in a three-team deal. He didn’t spend much time in Seattle but, as the video shows, it was enough for him to leave his mark on his teammates.
3. Championship Hunting in Cleveland: West jumped right into the Cavs system and started the remainder of the 2007-08 season. That year the Cavaliers reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals before being eliminated by the Celtics in Game 7. West averaged 10.8 points in his first postseason appearance since 2005.
He started every game he played the following season and posted nearly 14 points while shooting 46.5 percent from the field during the Cavs playoff run. Last season West came off the bench, contributing 8.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
During this time, West played alongside Shaquille O’Neal. He proved his versatility as a reserve, a role the Celtics will look for him to fill, while gaining valuable postseason experience.
West was traded from the Cavaliers to the Timberwolves this summer, before being waived by the T-Wolves.
4. Troubles Along the Way: West’s time with the Cavs wasn’t seamless, though. Last September, he was arrested on weapons charges after being pulled over for speeding in Maryland. He recently pled guilty to the charges and will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season.
West also struggled with what has been described as a ‘mood disorder’ and missed part of the 2008 preseason to seek help.
5. A Fan Favorite Returns: In spite of his off-the-court issues ‘ and the fact that he was a postseason foe ‘ West remains a fan favorite in Boston. The impact of his quirky personality has lingered since the 2007 trade, and his on-camera comedy is still a must-see by Celtics faithful.
|09.01.10 at 11:37 pm ET|
Rick Fox is moving further and further from being identified as a former NBA player.
First the former Celtic gets the acting bug, and now he has become a member of the latest edition of ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ According to BoDog.com, the 40-year-old Fox is the fifth-best bet, coming in at 15-2. The 6-foot-7 Fox will be teamed with Cheryl Burke, who is just 5-foot-5. The show premieres Sept. 20.
Other members of the cast include David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson, Brandi, Bristol Palin, Kurt Warner, Audrina Patridge, Jennifer Grey, Margaret Cho, and Kyle Massey.
|09.01.10 at 4:21 pm ET|
West played three seasons with the Celtics, averaging 12.2 points in 2006-07, his final season with the team. He was then traded to Seattle in a draft-day deal that yielded Ray Allen and Glen Davis. West was subsequently moved to Cleveland in a mid-season deal where he spent the next two and a half seasons.
In 2008-09, West started 64 games with the Cavs, but he was involved in an incident just prior to the start of last season where he was arrested on weapons charges during a traffic stop. West, who has said that he suffers from bi-polar disorder, pleaded guilty in July to weapons charges and was sentenced to eight-month home detention, probation and psychological counseling. The terms of the sentence allow him to travel for away games.
In August the NBA announced that he will be suspended for the first 10 games of the upcoming season.
On the court, this has a chance to a solid fit for the Celtics. While visions of Portland’s Rudy Fernandez may have danced through fans heads, West offers a versatile guard who can handle the ball and defend multiple positions. West is also a decent shooter, although his 3-point percentage took a tumble to 32 percent last season.
With West’s arrival the Celtics now have 15 players under contract and two more on non-guaranteed deals, meaning that the roster is essentially set barring a trade. The key thing to note is the flexibility players like West, Von Wafer and Marquis Daniels offer. This is how it looks:
SG: Ray Allen, Delonte West, Von Wafer
SF: Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels, Luke Harangody
PF: Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Tony Gaffney (non-guaranteed)
|08.31.10 at 10:20 am ET|
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Austin Ainge Offers Window to C's Pre-Draft Process
- Trade Possibilities for C's with Draft Approaching
- Latest Buzz Surrounding Jamal Crawford, Kristaps Porzingis, Celtics'...
- Latest NBA Trade Rumors, Buzz
- Ranking Celtics' Biggest NBA Draft Needs
- Buzz Surrounding Ty Lawson, Celtics Draft Plans and More
- Realistic Targets for Celtics to Chase During Offseason