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Ortiz ‘fine’ with Shaq as ‘Bigger Papi’

Posted By Jessica Camerato On August 22, 2010 @ 5:30 pm In General | 4 Comments

David Ortiz [1] knows nicknames.

So what does the Red Sox [2] slugger think of sharing his own with another star athlete in Boston?

Among the suggestions for newly-signed Celtic Shaquille O’€™Neal is ‘€œBigger Papi,’€ a spin-off of Ortiz’€™s moniker. Big Papi wouldn’€™t mind.

‘€œHe’€™s a big dude,’€ Ortiz said of the 7-1, 325 pound center. ‘€œIt’€™s not a big deal. It’€™s fine.’€

O’€™Neal’€™s new nickname has been a topic of debate since the big man signed with the Celtics [3] this summer. His past aliases include Big Diesel, Shaq Fu, The Big Aristotle, and Shaqtus when he played for the Suns.

Boston-themed nicknames up for debate range from the Big Shamrock and Green Monster to the Big Leprechaun and Jolly Green Giant.

After 18 years in the NBA, Ortiz thinks O’€™Neal’€™s name speaks for itself.

‘€œI think he’€™s got a good name,’€œ Ortiz said. ‘€œI don’€™t think he needs to change it. [I'€™d call him] ‘€˜Big Shaq’€™ so people know who they’€™re talking about.’€

Ortiz, an avid Celtics fan, has never met O’€™Neal but plans to do so this season. He believes O’€™Neal will make a big impact for the Celtics ‘€¦ no matter what his nickname is.

‘€œI think it’€™s going to be a good addition to the team,’€ Ortiz assessed. ‘€œI’€™m pretty sure the 15, 20 minutes that he plays are going to be good.’€


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