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Irish Coffee: Rajon Rondo ‘frustrating,’ says Shaq

Jackie MacMullan’s latest, “Shaq Uncut: My Story,” co-written with Shaquille O’Neal [1], hits bookstores on Nov. 15. Excerpts about Shaq’s tenures in Los Angeles [2], Cleveland [3], Miami [4] and Boston [5] have already leaked.

We know about his claims that he told Celtics [6] 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 [7]‘s obsession with Twitter put him in Doc Rivers [8]‘ 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 [9].

Speaking of Herald reporters, Mark Murphy [14] talked to [15] Rondo about the dangers of the lockout.


Backup Celtics guard Avery Bradley [17] 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. Various [18]reports [19] 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 [20], “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 [21] rose 47.83 percent on the day of the announcement, closing appropriately at $0.0034. …

The latest on NBA lockout exhibition games: Marquis Daniels [22] will appear in the Josh Howard Celebrity All-Star Basketball Game [23] in Dallas on Saturday and Jeff Green [24] will participate in The I-95 Pro Jam [25] in Bridgeport, Conn., on Nov. 18 (while former UConn stars Rudy Gay [26] and Hasheem Thabeet will also play, Ray Allen’s name is unattached).


NBA commissioner David Stern [27] 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 [28].

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.

But maybe that’s just Rondo being selfish. At least that’s probably what Shaq would say.

(Have a question, concern or conception for tomorrow’€™s Irish Coffee? Send a message to @brohrbach [31] on Twitter.)