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Rajon Rondo  shows off his comedic chops in the newest NBA 2K11 commercial. It’s essentially a take on the old “Da Bears, Da Bulls” sketches from Saturday Night Live. Derrick Rose  asks a group that includes Rondo, Andre Iguadola, Joe Smith and Russel Westbrook the question, “What about the ’86 Bulls vs. the 2011 Celtics?” Of course, everybody picks the Bulls.
In truth, other than Michael Jordan , the ’86 Bulls roster  was awful, finishing 30-52. Let’s hope the ’11 Celtics finish better than that. The ’97 Bulls vs. Genghis Khan is a way better question.
O’Neal vs. O’Neal
Dime Magazine rated Shaquille vs. Jermaine O’Neal  as one of the top-10 position battles  in the NBA this season. Honestly, I don’t see it. Jermaine should start until Kendrick Perkins  returns, and Shaq should provide 15-20 minutes per game off the bench. One man’s opinion.
Celtics 1, Politicians 0
The Boston Media Consortium agreed to reschedule  the Oct. 26 gubernatorial debate between Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker, so as not to coincide with the C’s opening night game against Miami. I guess we know where Boston’s priorities lie. Big Baby for Governor?
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski got the C’s–Shaq, in particular–to open up  about the Heat. And let’s just say there’s no love lost between them.
‘They got a great 1-2,’ Shaq told Yahoo, completely discounting Chris Bosh‘s presence. “Everyone is young this, young that. I’ve been in the NBA Finals  six times in the last 16 years, and I haven’t seen a young team make it all the way and win it. They may look better, but they don’t do what we do.”
Wojnarowski says not to expect the Celtics to come out of the gate fast. “Not with Delonte West  suspended 10 games and Perkins out until February and Doc Rivers  monitoring his player’s minutes to make sure everyone’s fresh for the playoffs,” he writes. “Rivers has kept it civil with the Heat, but he knows his players hate most of them, and this entire buildup brings a level of loathing that makes the coach feel like these are the old days.”
Paul Pierce  echos those sentiments: ‘We’ll continue to go at our slow pace and creep up on everybody.’
I gotta be honest: I don’t like the sound of that. Do they really think they’re sneaking up on anybody? Don’t tell me we’re gonna be sitting through another lackadaisical regular season. I expect the C’s to come out of the gate with something to prove. Their first game is against Miami, the same team that everybody seems to be anointing already. In their first 10 games, they face the Heat twice, the Knicks, the Bucks, the Bulls, the Thunder and the Mavericks. Are we expected to believe that Boston won’t be up for those games?
Shaq Watching the Paint Dry?
Stumbled across an old article  in The Onion, entitled, “Shaq To Solidify Celtics’ Ability To Get 3-Second Violations.” Thought that was pretty funny …
“Not only does Shaq’s presence in the paint give his team more opportunities to turn the ball over, but the Celtics have also added an experienced big man who makes an already old team significantly older,” said NBA analyst David Aldridge, adding that O’Neal should fill a key role in terms of drastically slowing down the Celtics’ offense. “Danny Ainge was looking for someone with size who can’t make it down to the other end of the court, and he went out and got the best in the business.”
The Van Gundy Rule
The NBA dress code has gone too far: Stan Van Gundy  is no longer allowed  to wear turtlenecks. What is this world coming to? Next thing you tell me, Brian Scalabrine  won’t be able to wear his corduroy sportcoats.
“I don’t like that,” Rivers told the AP. “I really like Stan’s style. I thought Stan really set the bar for the dress code. I think he should stay with that. I think it’s nice.”