|Shaquille O’Neal confirms move to TNT||07.14.11 at 11:41 am ET|
Shaquille O’Neal’s move to TNT as an analyst has been made official, as Turner Sports announced Thursday that a multi-year deal had been reached. The 15-time all-star also announced the move on Tout.com.
O’Neal, who played the final year of his career with the Celtics, will join Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson on Inside the NBA and also be an analyst for The NBA Finals, All Star weekend and the NBA draft.
In 1,207 career games, O’Neal had 28,596 points and 13,099 points. He announced his retirement following last season, a campaign in which he was limited to 37 regular-season games and two postseason contests.
|JaJuan Johnson on D&C: I just want to learn from veterans||06.28.11 at 10:15 am ET|
Given that the Celtics are a veteran team that hopes to compete for a title, the 27th overall pick may have a hard time finding regular minutes, something Johnson said he’s ready to deal with.
“I don’t expect too much,” Johnson said. “Really, this year I just want to take in as much as I can from those older guys. Just learn from those guys and really just continue to get better as a player.”
The 221-pound forward is trying to bulk up so he is better-suited to play forward in the NBA. Johnson said that it’s a matter of diet, which he hopes to get straightened out in short order.
“When I was back in Chicago, I had a chef, and he was cooking for me every day, pretty much helping me with calories, the amount of calories I needed to put in each day,” he said. “Once I get in [to Boston on Thursday] I’ll get back on track.”
As for having his college teammate join him in Boston, Johnson seemed thrilled. E’Twaun Moore, with whom Johnson played at Purdue, was taken by the C’s in the second round.
“It’s a huge comfort factor,” Johnson said of the team also drafting Moore. “He was with me freshman year, in college. To have somebody else at this stage is almost unheard of. It’s definitely a blessing to have him with me.”
Johnson said he was told by Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge that he was coming to a respectable organization, and noted that he’s ready to do whatever he can to help it.
“It’s a team with tradition,” he said. “They do things the right way. We have a lot of work to do, but I’m willing to put in all that work, just to become a better player.”
|Cavs make Kyrie Irving first overall selection||06.23.11 at 7:47 pm ET|
Duke guard Kyrie Irving was taken with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft Thursday night, going to the Cavaliers. A 6-foot-3, 193-pound guard who only played 11 games this past season with Duke, he averaged 17.5 points and 4.3 assists per game with the Blue Devils.
|AP: Doc, Celtics working on a new multiyear deal||05.12.11 at 7:52 pm ET|
The AP quotes a source saying the deal would be for ‘more than two or three years.’ Celtics GM Danny Ainge did not return calls to the AP, but did acknowledge in an on-air appearance with WEEI’s ‘Big Show’ on Thursday that the sides were working on a long-term deal. After Miami eliminated Boston on Wednesday night, Rivers sounded like a man who was intent on returning to the Celtics’ bench.
‘I haven’t made that decision, but I can tell you I probably will,’ he said. ‘I’m a Celtic and I love our guys. I want to win again here, and I’m competitive as hell. I have a competitive group, so we’ll see. I can tell you that is where I am at today. Tomorrow I may change my mind, but that’s where I am at today.’
To listen to Ainge’s full interview, click here.
|Celtics-Heat Live Blog Game 5 from Miami||05.11.11 at 6:34 pm ET|
Join WEEI.com’s Celtics beat writer Paul Flannery from Miami and Celtics writers Ben Rohrbach and Mike Petraglia for a live blog of tonight’s do-or-die Game 5 for the Celtics as they try to stay alive in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Heat.
|Celtics Live Blog: C’s-Heat Game 4 from the Garden||05.09.11 at 5:59 pm ET|
Join WEEI.com Celtics writers Paul Flannery, Ben Rohrbach and Mike Petraglia as they provide live updates from inside TD Garden as the Celtics look to even their best-of-7 with the Heat at 2-2 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
|Irish Coffee: Celtics live chat at noon||05.09.11 at 9:30 am ET|
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