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Irish Coffee: One wild Celtics weekend 03.07.11 at 3:04 pm ET
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Wake up with the Celtics and your daily dose of Irish Coffee ‘€¦

Ok, so let me get this straight: I’€™m out of touch for one weekend, and we learn Shaquille O’€™Neal might’€™ve saved Notorious BIG, Marcus Banks wanted to be a male model more than a Celtic, Kendrick Perkins is (obviously) no Dennis Johnson, a reality TV star painted herself in green to honor the Celtics, Doc Rivers‘€™ family has already won a title this year and the Heat cry more than Dick Vermeil.

Let’€™s sort through a weekend of wild stories that revolved around the Celtics ‘€¦

In an interview for ESPN’€™s Outside the Lines, Shaq revealed why — even 14 years later — he believes he could’€™ve saved his friend Christopher Wallace (aka, Notorious BIG or Biggie Smalls).

On his 25th birthday, Shaq met up with the legendary rapper, who invited the then-Lakers center to an after party following the Soul Train Music Awards two days later. On March 8, 1997, Shaq dressed in a white suit and waited for his security officer to pick him up and take him to the party. But he fell asleep.

‘€œI woke up about 4 o’€™clock from a call from my mother,’€ Shaq told OTL. ‘€œShe said, ‘€˜Did you go to the party?’€™ I’€™m like, ‘€˜No, what are you talking about?’€™ She said, ‘€˜You know, your friend was shot and killed.’€™’€

Wallace and his entourage left the after party around 12:30 a.m. in two Suburbans. A black Chevrolet Impala pulled up alongside one of the SUVs, the driver rolled down his window and he fired four bullets into Wallace’€™s chest. By 1:15 a.m., Wallace had been pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

‘€œIf Shaq would’€™ve said, ‘€˜You know what, I’€™m going to come with y’€™all,’€™ I’€™m sure him and BIG would’€™ve ridden together,’€ added Lil’€™ Cease, a member of the rap group Junior MAFIA. ‘€œThat’€™s the type of person BIG was. ‘€¦ And I’€™m sure Shaq would’€™ve had security, and I’€™m sure BIG would’€™ve had another security come with him that day just to make sure Shaq would’€™ve been all right. So, I definitely think if Shaq would’€™ve been there, it definitely would’€™ve changed. It definitely would’€™ve changed.’€

Um, way to make Shaq feel better, Lil’€™ Cease. Definitely would’€™ve changed? A little strong, don’€™t you think? Just as easily, somebody could’€™ve opened fire on Biggie’€™s car, killing both him and Shaq. The moral of the story kids, as always, is that falling asleep on the couch is never a bad thing.

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