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Secrets of Shaq's resurgence

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09:01 AM ET 11.27 | Shaquille O'Neal is averaging 22.7 minutes per game and has provided the Celtics everything they could have hoped through 16 games. A key to his resurgence is that he arrived without his Shaq-Fu attitude. While every superstar's impact eventually fades, it is up to the star to determine how he wants his career to conclude. Some never recognize that their skills have eroded, while others decide to reinvent themselves as someone who can help their team despite diminishing talents. O'Neal said he decided to move to Sudbury to avoid the allure of the Boston nightlife and concentrate fully on basketball. During his postgame interview, two of his sons were milling around the locker room, soaking in the new environment. In his younger days, O'Neal said he would have capitalized on the Friday nightlife after a victory, especially with the weekend off. Not now.

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November 27, 2010  09:05 AM ET

Finally grown up, huh? Hope he teaches some the younger ones how to do it a little earlier than he did?

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November 27, 2010  09:20 AM ET
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It's all about the team...

and shaq has always been such a great team player

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November 27, 2010  09:30 AM ET
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Not bad for an old center who is getting paid the minimum. The Celtics got a steal on this deal. Shaq gives you the size and experience and at the same time he is not trying to steal the Big 4's thunder. he knows that he is only a supporting cast... He is the anti-AI... It's all about the team...

He is definately making better career decisions than Allan Iverson.

November 27, 2010  09:31 AM ET
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We want our $20 million back.

totally... where was the night life in cleveland that was a problem?????

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November 27, 2010  09:33 AM ET

Can you imagine what he could have been if he would have dedicated himself to being in top physical condition his entire career?

November 27, 2010  09:34 AM ET
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I guess you just came into the NBA scene when you were 12 years old in 2008. Go read some NBA history first before commenting...

hmmm...maybe he is using sarcasm....

November 27, 2010  09:37 AM ET

He's been great on and off the court. Fans and media love him. He's been dominating on the court. Staying healthy is the key.

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November 27, 2010  09:55 AM ET
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It was sarcasm but Shaq is not a bad teammate as some would think...

Hmm...Well my not satan bad but he does have some role in the spats he has had with Penny, Kobe, and Wade....So lets not pretend he is a saint....

November 27, 2010  09:57 AM ET
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Good win last night against the Spurs... it's always sweet to win in your rivals home court... I can't believe Dirk is 2nd in PPG. He just does it efficiently, consistently, and quietly and fans don't even notice...

I know I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the 7 minute mark in the fourth when the Mavs have been pretty consistently ratcheting up the d this year....I mean other than a few usually baskets in the last minute or so they shut them down...Chandler and Marions d in the fourth has been outstanding...Im just not hoping for a let down tonight...

November 27, 2010  09:59 AM ET
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Good win last night against the Spurs... it's always sweet to win in your rivals home court... I can't believe Dirk is 2nd in PPG. He just does it efficiently, consistently, and quietly and fans don't even notice...

Yeah watching Dirk this year is weird...He seems more decisive when he gets the ball...If a shorter player is on him he is shooting right over the top of him like he isnt even there...I like what I see but its a long season and anything can happen...The only thing I dont like is JJ still at backup PG....He is just a liability and it kills me how he dribbles at the top of the key for 10-12 seconds every time to start his drive to the basket...

November 27, 2010  10:08 AM ET

I am enjoying watching shaq play....the key to this all is not using him to much and not depending on him to give you the points and rebounds...anything he gives us is a bonus

November 27, 2010  10:14 AM ET
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totally... where was the night life in cleveland that was a problem?????

ever been to the Flats?

 
November 27, 2010  10:15 AM ET
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I guess you just came into the NBA scene when you were 12 years old in 2008. Go read some NBA history first before commenting...

take your eyes off that shaq poster on your wall to read post 11....which summarizes shaq's career

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