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Shaq turned down more money for C’s

Posted By Paul Flannery On September 9, 2010 @ 9:39 am In General | 5 Comments

Shaquille O’Neal really wanted to sign with the Celtics. He told John Reid [1] of the New Orleans Picayune that he could have signed higher offers from either the Pistons or the Hawks to join the C’s.

“A lot of people said I only got the league minimum salary,” O’Neal said. “But that’s all right. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I’ve had four max contracts in one lifetime, I don’t care about that little million. Did I want $10 million? I’m always going to put the number high. I could have gotten $8 million from Atlanta and Detroit, but it wasn’t about that. It was about being somewhere and being seen and winning.”

Shaq also said that his two-year deal with the Celtics would be his last in the NBA.

Read the whole interview here [1].

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