Irish Coffee: Rajon Rondo ‘frustrating,’ says Shaq
|11.08.11 at 12:45 pm ET|
Jackie MacMullan’s latest, “Shaq Uncut: My Story,” co-written with Shaquille O’Neal, hits bookstores on Nov. 15. Excerpts about Shaq’s tenures in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Miami and Boston have already leaked.
We know about his claims that he told Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge he would never return from the Achilles injury, that he almost punched Glen “Big Baby” Davis for being selfish and that he believed Nate Robinson‘s obsession with Twitter put him in Doc Rivers‘ doghouse.
We also know that everything Shaq claims should be taken with a grain of salt, so keep that in mind when you read the following revelations, as relayed by the Herald’s Dan Duggan on Twitter.
- Shaq said he was really interested in [Rajon] Rondo. Said Rondo was always a topic of convos. Very stubborn and won’t change.
- Vets told Shaq how important but frustrating Rondo was. Vets liked when Rondo would get put in his place b/c he ticked them off at times.
- Shaq did say Rondo earned the respect of the Big 3 by his defense and passing. Rondo and Doc had “respectful beefs” over plays/decisions.
- Shaq said Baby drove Doc crazy. No surprise there. Said KG [Kevin Garnett] wouldn’t confront Baby; KG has mellowed later in his career.
- Shaq said practices were very competitive. [Von] Wafer-Delonte [West] wasn’t the only skirmish.
- Shaq said he told Danny not to do Perk [Kendrick Perkins] trade b/c he didn’t know if he’d be back. Said trade was strictly biz. C’s weren’t going to pay Perk.
- Shaq said KG’s legs/knees were all screwed up last season. Said Ray [Allen] is a future GM, already like a front office guy. [Paul] Pierce is the leader.
- Shaq had very high praise for Doc, positive memories of Boston.
- Shaq also blatantly admits to manipulating the media/public. Says he made up a story about Bill Russell brokering peace w/ Kobe [Bryant] in 2006.
- Shaq shook Kobe’s hand before the game and when asked said Russell told him to do it. Said he made that up to boost Russell’s legacy.
- One last thing from Shaq’s chapter on Boston is how misleading the Celtics were on his injury.
Speaking of Herald reporters, Mark Murphy talked to Rondo about the dangers of the lockout.
- On staying in shape: “I’ll be fine, I’ll be ready when the time comes.”
- On his elbow injury: “I’ve been going back to Boston every month to meet with the doctor, and he tells me what to do. The elbow is fine now. It hasn’t given me any problems, but I also haven’t been in a lot of basketball situations yet.”
- On rookie JaJuan Johnson: “He’s a better shooter than I thought. He has KG range, which is saying something. He was very aggressive with the ball.”
- On his Celtics teammates: “Guys have been calling each other throughout the summer. It’s like we’re trying to keep each other ready. But you don’t really know until you get back together again. You can work out, do cardio and all of that, but it’s not until you all get back on the floor that you really know where you are.”
QUICK RELEASE: CELTICS LINKS
Backup Celtics guard Avery Bradley played 36 minutes for Hapoel Jerusalem on Monday, totaling 13 points (6-of-12 FG), five rebounds, two steals and one assist in an 85-79 victory. Variousreports indicated that Bradley flew home to Seattle following the game “for personal reasons,” although he may not be closing the door on Israel. As basketball blogger Noam Schiller reported, “Hapoel coach Oded Katash on whether Avery Bradley will return from his US trip: ‘That is how it stands right now. It’s complicated.’” …
As part of his Truth Fund, Pierce will promote Attitude Drink’s Phase III Recovery Drink — a reduced-sugar protein drink — on a one-year endorsement deal. The company’s stock rose 47.83 percent on the day of the announcement, closing appropriately at $0.0034. …
The latest on NBA lockout exhibition games: Marquis Daniels will appear in the Josh Howard Celebrity All-Star Basketball Game in Dallas on Saturday and Jeff Green will participate in The I-95 Pro Jam in Bridgeport, Conn., on Nov. 18 (while former UConn stars Rudy Gay and Hasheem Thabeet will also play, Ray Allen’s name is unattached).
LOCKOUT TALK: NBA CBA DAY?
NBA commissioner David Stern wants to meet with National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of reaching a collective bargaining agreement before Wednesday’s owner-imposed deadline, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.
Yahoo! columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported the NBPA may drop to a 51-49 or 50-50 split of basketball-related income, as long as Stern and the owners allow sign-and-trade deals and full mid-level exceptions for all teams. Meanwhile, player representatives will hold a 1 p.m. meeting on Tuesday to discuss strategy.
Two players, on opposite sides of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, weighed in on the lockout in Wojnarowski’s report.
- Kobe Bryant: “We need for the two sides to get together again before Wednesday, because we’re too close to getting a deal done. We need to iron out the last system items and save this from spiraling into a nuclear winter.”
- Rajon Rondo: “Everything thrown our way is a threat and an ultimatum.”
But maybe that’s just Rondo being selfish. At least that’s probably what Shaq would say.
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