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Dr. Shaquille O’Neal: ‘I’m done with the nicknames’ 08.14.10 at 10:43 am ET
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Hold off on the nickname search for Dr. O’Neal.

In an interview with the New York Times, new Celtic Shaquille O’Neal said that he is working on his doctorate at Barry University and once that degree is obtained he no longer wants to be called “Shaq” and that he is no longer in the business of crafting nicknames for himself.

“I’m done with the nicknames,” O’Neal said. “Actually, when I obtain my doctorate, I will not allow people to call me Shaq anymore, either.”

Also of note in the interview:

  • - The last time he “panicked” was as a 9-year-old when he tried lighting the tail of a teddy bear on fire. “My thing was to just light the tail and then blow it out and laugh. Ha, ha. But as soon as I lit the tail, the whole thing caught on fire. It almost caught the house on fire. I got the whooping of my life,” O’Neal explained in the interview.
  • - His goal is to pass Wilt Chamberlain in scoring and win at least one more championship.
  • - He hasn’t spoken with LeBron James since James signed with the Heat.
  • - The topic for his dissertation will be “How Leaders Utilize Humor or Aggression in Leadership Styles.”

To read the entire interview click here.

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Slide Show: Shaquille O’Neal Press Conference 08.10.10 at 2:09 pm ET
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WALTHAM — WEEI.com’s traditional slideshow format has been hijacked by the Big Diesel, and as such, we give you the Shaq Show. The 38-year-old center was introduced to Boston and the media on Tuesday, and everything from Shaq’s bow-tie to his excitement as he held up his No. 36 was certainly something worth checking out again. All photos are courtesy of WEEI.com photographer John Vu. Click on the image below to begin the slideshow.

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VOTE: Is Shaq a good fit for C’s? 08.05.10 at 11:09 am ET
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There have been reports that the Celtics front office was not unanimous in its support of the signing of free agent center Shaquille O’Neal. How about the fans? Cast your vote in support of or opposition to the move.

Do you support the Celtics' signing of Shaquille O'Neal?

  • Yes, I love it so much that I'm going to celebrate by watching "Kazaam" (49%, 196 Votes)
  • OK, it's worth the risk, but I have reservations (44%, 178 Votes)
  • Meh, I would have preferred to pass but can live with it (4%, 16 Votes)
  • No, this is the wrong move for the C's (2%, 10 Votes)
  • I don't know, but I like to vote on things (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 404

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Father: Perk won’t play for ‘Tall Blacks’ 07.24.10 at 2:12 pm ET
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Don’t look for Celtics center Kendrick Perkins to be suiting up for the New Zealand national basketball team — the “Tall Blacks” — anytime soon.

Perkins’ estranged father Kenny Perkins lives in New Zealand and was a veteran of that country’s National Basketball League in the 1980s and 90s. However, a few days after New Zealand men’s basketball assistant coach Dillon Boucher said Perkins could play for their national team if he met FIBA eligibility criteria, his father said the Celtics’ big man will never play for the Tall Blacks.

“He has no intention of playing for the Tall Blacks — not now or ever,” Kenny Perkins told the Waikato Times. “They tried this a long time ago when Tab Baldwin was the coach and I would never let him play for Tab Baldwin.

“His main goal is to play for the United States.”

Perkins is currently out of action for six months with a knee injury suffered in Game 6 of the NBA finals against the Lakers.

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Tony Allen: I felt ‘overshadowed’ while with C’s 07.24.10 at 11:40 am ET
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Former Celtics guard Tony Allen, who recently signed a free agent deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, said Friday he felt “kind of overshadowed” by Paul Pierce and Ray Allen while he was with Boston.

The 6-foot-4 Allen, who spent six seasons with the Celtics and averaged 7.2 points per game and 1.04 steals per game in his career, developed a reputation as a defensive stopper with the defending Eastern Conference champions. Along the way, he was part of a team that made two appearances in the NBA finals, and won a title in 2008.

But he sounded like someone who was anxious to get a new start and make his own name with a young ballclub in Memphis.

“Being in Boston I was kind of overshadowed by those guys, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen,” he told reporters on Friday. “Here’s a ballclub who’s on the rise and a lot of guys can make names for themselves. It’s a coming-out party for a lot of guys on this team.

“I’m definitely going to try to start early defining a role, try to bring some sort of toughness to the ballclub,” Allen said. “It’s obvious I have experience, and I’m just looking forward to just letting that marinate amongst the players that’s in this locker room.”

Allen hinted that while he enjoyed his role in Boston as a stopper, it may have caused people to forget he had more to offer than just an ability to defend.

“I don’t mind embracing the role, but there is more to my game. Let’s not get that twisted,” Allen said. “Whatever I could do to win ballgames. If that’s just passing out Gatorades or flashing towels or giving somebody a high five, I’m willing to do that.”

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VOTE: Rondo or CP3? 07.22.10 at 3:48 pm ET
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With Chris Paul reportedly wanting out in New Orleans, the airwaves have been burning with debate over whether the point guard could potentially be a fit in Boston and whether it would be worth replacing incumbent Rajon Rondo. Now we ask you for your opinion.

Which point guard would you rather have on the Celtics?

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Report: Could Shaq fit in Boston? 07.06.10 at 1:03 am ET
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According to a report on ESPN.com, which cited league sources, the Celtics have expressed interest in center Shaquille O’Neal. With the C’s already over the salary cap, they could offer no more than the $5.8 million per year mid-level exception. According to the report, O’Neal would be intrigued by the idea of playing for Celtics coach Doc Rivers and with forward Kevin Garnett.

With Kendrick Perkins sidelined for part of the 2010-11 season following surgery to repair his torn ACL, the Celtics are looking for help at center. O’Neal averaged 12.0 points and 6.7 rebounds a game while playing 23 minutes a night for the Cavaliers in 2009-10.

The report said that O’Neal has also encountered mutual interest with the Hawks and Mavericks, and that if LeBron James returns to Cleveland, he would consider a return to the Cavs. O’Neal, 38, has played for the Magic, Lakers, Heat, Suns and Cavs in his career.

Would Shaq be a good fit for the Celtics?

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