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Kobe's boast led Celtics to sign Shaq

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09:01 AM ET 09.19 | Shaquille O'Neal made it no secret, even in his whisper-quiet voice, that Boston was his preferred sixth NBA destination. And after a flirtation with Kwame Brown, Celtics president Danny Ainge agreed with principal owner Wyc Grousbeck that O'Neal would be an appropriate fit. "The minute I heard Kobe [Bryant] say he had one more ring than Shaq, I said to Danny, 'Let's go get Shaq,' and it happened," said Grousbeck.

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September 19, 2010  09:08 AM ET

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September 19, 2010  09:30 AM ET

That doesn't seem like the most sound reasoning but ok.

Have fun being in the penalty with 4 minutes to go in any quarter he plays in.

Celtics can win it all if healthy. However their roster is filled with older brittle players and they are one knee injury away from the 6-8th seeds.

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September 19, 2010  10:16 AM ET

Damm! They should have signed Kwame Brown, that would have been fun to watch. I could see Kevin Garnett screaming and riding Brown all season long. Plus one day Boston will need a replacement for Kevin so why not groom Kwame for the spot?

September 19, 2010  10:43 AM ET

celtics r winnin it all dis year

September 19, 2010  11:10 AM ET
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Damm! They should have signed Kwame Brown, that would have been fun to watch. I could see Kevin Garnett screaming and riding Brown all season long. Plus one day Boston will need a replacement for Kevin so why not groom Kwame for the spot?

Garnett would probably end up killing Kwame! (I am surprised Kobe didn't when they played together)

September 19, 2010  11:54 AM ET
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Damm! They should have signed Kwame Brown, that would have been fun to watch. I could see Kevin Garnett screaming and riding Brown all season long. Plus one day Boston will need a replacement for Kevin so why not groom Kwame for the spot?

Yeah, that would have been fun to watch.

Kobe is such an ****, I hope the C's win this year just to help wipe that cocky smirk off his face a little bit.

September 19, 2010  11:55 AM ET

If anyone, let alone team owners of the legendary Celtics believe that missing pieces for another ring are between Kwame and Snak, then I would say the rivalry is over.

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September 19, 2010  12:20 PM ET

if you had put me in charge of the Celtics in '08 they would still be relevant

September 19, 2010  12:21 PM ET

This could work really well, or it could totally blow up in Boston's face... Shaq just has not matured very well... he just might be the real "big baby" on the team now...

September 19, 2010  12:25 PM ET

Okay, stupid answer. Kobe has always been better than Shaq. ALWAYS. It doesn't matter where Shaq is cause Kobe be making those weird looking shots anywhere!(: Plus, Celtics, you have to worry about the Heat this year so before you talk about LA, think about Miami.(:

September 19, 2010  12:29 PM ET
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Shaq will be there to put the hurt on anybody that will come in the lane...

Maybe 5 years ago.
As of now however, he's a defensive liability when faced against a faster opponent, which the teams you mention and many more, are loaded with.

September 19, 2010  12:30 PM ET
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Okay, stupid answer. Kobe has always been better than Shaq. ALWAYS. It doesn't matter where Shaq is cause Kobe be making those weird looking shots anywhere!(: Plus, Celtics, you have to worry about the Heat this year so before you talk about LA, think about Miami.(:

Exactly !

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September 19, 2010  12:49 PM ET

didnt the c's say he would be a 12th man on the team? they're contradicting themselves now. you can't just now say that you got him to be a real difference maker on the team

September 19, 2010  12:50 PM ET

shaq just didnt see the writing on the wall. he thinks he's still in his prime and still carries that big a-s-s ego of his. miami didnt want him, phoenix didnt want him, cleveland chose not to resign him. get it thru your big head shaq! its over for you!

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September 19, 2010  01:03 PM ET
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Shaq wearing the Bow Tie, looks like he's going to sell Bean Pies on streets of South Central.

That's Funny !! ;-}

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