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Shaq on his health, being the ‘black Steve Jobs’ and ’18-25′

03.10.11 at 12:54 pm ET
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Speaking with ‘€œMut & Merloni’€ Thursday afternoon on WEEI, Celtics center Shaquille O’€™Neal said he was ‘€œgetting better’€ in the wake of an Achilles injury that has left him on the shelf for the last month.

‘€œThe older you get, it takes time to heal,’€ O’€™Neal said. ‘€œI’€™m getting better. Getting stronger. There’€™s still a little pain.’€

The 39-year-old O’€™Neal said the Celtics are looking at the ‘€œ18-25 thing,’€ which he described as 18 titles for “beautiful people of Boston,’€ as well as a second title for coach Doc Rivers and the rest of the ‘€œBig 4,’€ and a fifth title for him. As a result, he said the Celtics are being cautious about not rushing him back too quickly

‘€œThe team is playing well. [Nenad] Kristic is doing a fabulous job. And they want me 1,000 percent, especially for the postseason,’€ he said. ‘€œBecause that’€™s when it really counts.’€

O’€™Neal ‘€” who called himself ‘€œthe black Steve Jobs’€ when he started talking about some of his business ventures ‘€” would not give a specific date for his return, instead saying he was at ‘€œ84.227115566442222 percent.’€

‘€I can’t give you a date because there’s a little pain fluctuation,’€ said O’Neal when pressed about a possible return. ‘€I’ve been told by Doc, [trainer] Ed Lacerte, and [team physician] Brian McKeon to not even come talk until I’m 100 percent. I’m work out, shooting, doing light stuff. When the pain is gone, they told me to add three days [then he'll be back.]‘€

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