|Lawsuit accuses Shaq of hacking, destroying evidence||09.15.10 at 12:13 pm ET|
A lawsuit filed recently in Florida accuses new Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal of hacking into a former girlfriend’s phone system, attempting to frame a former employee for another crime, and destroying evidence of his misdeeds.
According to RadarOnline.com, which obtained a copy of the lawsuit, Shawn Darling, a former personal IT representative for O’Neal who has an extensive criminal background, made a variety of accusations against the player as part of his suit for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and civil RICO (racketeering). Among the charges:
‘¢ Shaq hacked into the voicemails of Darling and Vanessa Lopez, a mistress who is suing O’Neal for harassment.
‘¢ Shaq used his law enforcement contacts to obtain restricted information about another mistress, hip-hop singer Alexis Miller, while involved in a legal dispute with her.
‘¢ Shaq disposed of a personal computer with much of the evidence in a lake behind his Phoenix-area house.
‘¢ Shaq contacted current and former law enforcement officials in an attempt to frame Darling for possession of child pornography.
Shaq recently became engaged to reality show star Nicki Alexander, one year after splitting from his wife, Shaunie, and starting protracted divorce proceedings.
|Report: C’s work out Adam Morrison, plan to hire Roy Rogers||09.15.10 at 11:23 am ET|
According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Adam Morrison is in town this week working out for the Celtics. The report indicates Morrison worked out on Tuesday and had a second session scheduled for Wednesday. The third overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Bobcats, Morrison spent 2½ seasons in Charlotte ‘ missing one season with a knee injury ‘ before being traded to the Lakers, where he played limited minutes while his team won two NBA titles.
Yahoo! also reported that the Celtics are set to hire Nets assistant Roy Rogers to coach the big men. He would replace Clifford Ray. Rogers briefly played for the Celtics during his three seasons in the NBA in the late 1990s.
|Pierce wants to end career in Europe||08.20.10 at 10:29 am ET|
Celtics captain Paul Pierce said in an interview with CSNNE that he would like to finish his playing career in Europe. Talking about the contract he signed this offseason ‘ which will keep him in Boston for three more seasons with an option for a fourth ‘ Pierce said he couldn’t picture himself in another NBA uniform, but he would like to see what a European jersey looks like.
“As far as retiring from the NBA, I think I will be done after this contract because eventually I want to go overseas and play and live for a couple of years,” he said. “That’s why this is a big contract for me, knowing I’m going to retire a Boston Celtic. … I want to go to either Italy or Greece for a year. I think I want to be able to bring my family over to just kind of share a different experience overseas for a couple of years before I settle into retirement.”
|Celtics’ official schedule released||08.10.10 at 3:17 pm ET|
The 2010-11 NBA schedule was released Tuesday. Highlights for the Celtics include the season-opener vs. the new-look Heat on Oct. 26 at TD Garden and a Christmas Day game at Orlando. The Celtics face off against the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 30, in the fourth game of a five-game road trip. The teams have a rematch on Thursday night, Feb. 10.
The Celtics play at Miami on Nov. 11 and April 10, and host the Heat again on Feb. 13. Orlando comes in for a Martin Luther King Day game on Jan. 17 and returns on Feb. 6. The C’s also will be in action on New Year’s Eve, hosting Chris Paul and the Hornets.
Individual game tickets will go on sale Sept. 17, and some season tickets still remain along with premium seating and suite rentals.
CELTICS 2010-11 SCHEDULE
(all times Eastern)
Tues., Oct. 26, vs. Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 27, at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 29, vs. New York, 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 2, at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 3, vs. Milwaukee, 8 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 5, vs. Chicago, 8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 7, at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 8, at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 11, at Miami, 8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 13, at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 17, vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 19, vs. Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 21, at Toronto, 1 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 22, at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 24, vs. New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 26, vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 30, at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 1, vs. Portland, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 3, vs. Chicago, 8 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 5, at New Jersey, 1 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 8, vs. Denver, 7 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 9, at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 11, at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 15, at New York, 7 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 16, vs. Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 19, vs. Indiana, 1 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 22, vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 25, at Orlando, 2:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 28, at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 29, at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 31, vs. New Orleans, 3 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 2, at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 3, vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 5, vs. San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 7, vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 8, at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 10, vs. Houston, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 12, vs. Sacramento, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 14, vs. Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 17, vs. Orlando, 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 19, vs. Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 21, vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 22, at Washington, 7 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 25, vs. Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 27, at Portland, 10:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 28, at Phoenix, 11:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 30, at LA Lakers, 3:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 1, at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 4, vs. Dallas, 8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 6, vs. Orlando, 2:30 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 7, at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 10, vs. LA Lakers, 8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 13, vs. Miami, 1 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 16, vs. New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 22, at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 24, at Denver, 10:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 26, at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 28, at Utah, 9 p.m.
Wed., March 2, vs. Phoenix., 7:30 p.m.
Fri., March 4, vs. Golden State, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., March 6, at Milwaukee, 9 p.m.
Wed., March 9, vs. LA Clippers, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., March 11, at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Sun., March 13, vs. Milwaukee, 6 p.m.
Mon., March 14, at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Wed., March 16, vs. Indiana, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., March 18, at Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Sat., March 19, at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Mon., March 21, at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 23, vs. Memphis, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., March 25, vs. Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., March 27, at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Mon., March 28, at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Thurs., March 31, at San Antonio, 8 p.m.
Fri., April 1, at Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Sun., April 3, vs. Detroit, 6 p.m.
Tues., April 5, vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 7, at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Fri., April 8, vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., March 10, at Miami, 3:30 p.m.
Mon., March 11, at Washington, 7 p.m.
Wed., March 13, vs. New York, 8 p.m.
|Agent: Wallace is retiring||08.09.10 at 2:28 pm ET|
According to a blog post at boston.com, the agent for Rasheed Wallace confirmed that the veteran plans to retire. New Celtic Shaquille O’Neal fueled speculation that Wallace might change his mind and play in 2010-11, but apparently the persuading from Shaq and fellow Celtics newcomer Jermaine O’Neal did not work.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge reportedly has been using Wallace’s contract as trade bait, as Ainge has said all along that Wallace would not return to the team.
|Shaq challenges critical TV host to boxing match||08.05.10 at 4:46 pm ET|
Shaquille O’Neal took to his Twitter feed to lash out at ESPN’s Jim Rome, challenging the talk show host to a boxing match and offering to donate his salary to charity should he lose.
On “Rome is Burning” Wednesday, Rome said the Celtics should not sign the free agent center, insisting O’Neal had not lived up to expectations in his long career that included three championships with the Lakers. Added Rome: “[Shaq] never approached the game with the dedication and discipline of Kobe Bryant,” the former teammate with whom O’Neal had a public feud.
In his response, mixed in among insults, O’Neal challenged Rome to a boxing match at the ESPN studios.
Those that dnt respect your hard work, its ok, make em respect u as a person.
If u wanna see shaq box jim rome live on espn. I do if he wins ill donate my salary to a charity of his choice
And forget the back and forth jim rome, I challenge u to a boxing match, live at espn studios, show the world if u can bak up the tuff talk
Jim rome, I am happy with my career and the legacy that I have left behind, obviously u r not happy wit yur legacy I 4got u have no legacy about
Responded Rome on his own Twitter feed:
Really? You’re getting hooked and want to fight a guy with no legacy. You’re better than that. Thx 4 checking in. Bn 2 long.
|Mannix on D&C: ‘Not a unanimous decison’ for C’s on Shaq||08.04.10 at 10:09 am ET|
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss the Celtics‘ impending signing of Shaquille O’Neal. To hear the interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Mannix said it’s a one-year deal for the veteran minimum ‘ approximately $1.4 million ‘ with a second-year player option. “This was not an easy decision for either side,” Mannix said, adding, “Shaq is obviously taking a monster pay cut. … It’s a huge, huge pay cut for this guy to play for this team and to accept a reserve role, coming off the bench.
“And for the Celtics, I can tell you this much, it was not a unanimous decision. This is not something that the entire front office and coaching staff entirely agreed upon. But it is a Danny Ainge type of move. He’s taken risks like this in the past, whether it’s Gary Payton or Stephon Marbury or Nate Robinson this past year. He’s taken chances on guys he thinks can help put them over the top. Danny obviously is convinced that Shaq is what this team needs right now.”
Asked if it was Shaq’s off-court distractions or on-court issues that made the Celtics hesitate, Mannix said: “It’s a little bit of a blend of both, but I think you’d have to start with the on-the-court problems. He is the worst pick-and-roll defender of all-time. He really is. He’s just a horrible, horrible guy when you’re coming off blitzing those screens. And Kendrick Perkins was one of the better pick-and-roll defenders on this Celtics team. This whole defense that Tom Thibodeau put together, and Kevin Garnett glued together, was based on effective pick-and-roll defense.
“It’s going to be incumbent now on Doc Rivers, and to a certain degree Lawrence Frank, who is essentially taking over that Tom Thibodeau role, to redesign the defense. They’re going to have to come up with something almost entirely new when Shaq’s on the floor. Because think about it: The two teams standing in Boston’s path are really Orlando and Miami, and those teams are going to run pick and roll all day long.”
Mannix also noted how Shaq often was in the way of Steve Nash when they were teammates in Phoenix. “Rajon Rondo is going to have similar problems,” Mannix said. “Shaq is not a guy who is even remotely comfortable playing anywhere but six or seven feet away from the basket. So, that’s going to be a challenge for Doc Rivers and his coaching staff to figure that out as well.”
All that said, Mannix said he thinks the signing is a good one for the Celtics. “He instantly becomes the best rebounder you have out there,” Mannix said. “And I’m not worried about him bogging down the fast break. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Kendrick Perkins wasn’t exactly Brad Daugherty running the floor out there for the Celtics. I just think overall, he’s a solid fit.”
Added Mannix: “While I understand the risks ‘ and I think it’s a huge risk to a certain degree ‘ you’re not going to get by Miami, you’re not going to get by Orlando unless you make an upgrade. And Shaq, to me, was the best available upgrade out there.”
Asked about controversial guard Delonte West, Mannix said it makes sense for the Celtics to bring him in. West was waived by the Timberwolves this week following a trade from Cleveland. “I think they should [sign him],” Mannix said. “Delonte obviously is familiar with the system, familiar with Boston, familiar with some of the pieces that are in place there. And he’s a proven combo guard. Obviously, the personal problems he’s had off the floor have been well-documented. … But again, you’re talking about adding guys for the minimum salary. If Delonte doesn’t work out ‘ and I guess to a certain degree if Shaq doesn’t work out ‘ you can just waive these guys.”
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