Shaq all set for 'The Big Road Trip'

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Shaq all set for 'The Big Road Trip'

By Jimmy Toscano
CSNNE.com

The Shaquille O'Neal experiment was by and large a failure, due to team expectations this season and the fact that Shaq couldn't suit up for the second half of the season and the playoffs.

Hey, the man tried his best, but at his age, mileage, and health, there just wasn't anything left in the tank. More recently, he announced his retirement from the NBA, therefore ending his contract with the Celtics a year early.

For those reasons, there are many Celtics fans who can't get him out of town fast enough.

As it turns out, they won't have to try very hard.

The Celtics bought Shaq a nice little retirement gift, and by little, we mean ridiculously big.

Shaq posted the video of his new RV, courtesy of the Celtics, on Tout . . . we'll wait while you pick your chin up off the floor.

Pretty insane, huh?

"Here's that new Shaq-mobile," he said while filming. "Look at it. This is my retirement present from the Celtics. Danny Ainge, thanks boiee."

On behalf of Mr. Ainge himself, your welcome, Shaq. And thank you, for um, yeah . . . about that.

Sure he can't walk, but who needs to walk when you can get around via Shaq-mobile?

Shaq's girlfriend, better known as "Hoopz" from the reality show "Flaver of Love", has tweeted that the two are going to take it on a cross-country trip. And you can bet it will be well documented (We smell a new reality show in the makings).

But seriously, Shaq Diesel finally has a form of transportation that lives up to his nickname.

If he starts the trip in Maine, maybe he can give Glen Davis a lift. Davis has been busy lobster fishing (lobstering?) off the coast. Check out the video. Portion control Glen, portion control.

Blakely: Celtics made the right choice in not pursuing Cousins

Blakely: Celtics made the right choice in not pursuing Cousins

NEW ORLEANS -- There will be a significant faction of Celtics Nation who will see DeMarcus Cousins’ trade to New Orleans as a lost opportunity for the C's, who could have offered a much more enticing trade package than the one the Sacramento Kings accepted.
 
The Kings received nothing even remotely close to a king’s ransom for Cousins, acquiring him in exchange for rookie Buddy Hield, journeyman Langston Galloway and ex-Pelican Tyreke Evans (who has never been the same since his Rookie of the Year season in 2010), along with a protected first-round pick and a future second-round selection.

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While the knee-jerk reaction is to focus on why Boston decided to not pursue a trade for Cousins, more important is what the non-decision means for the moment and going forward.
 
Think about what the Celtics have done in the last three-plus seasons.
 
They went from being a lottery team to one that has the second-best record in the East. They're holding the potential No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft; at worst, the pick will be in the top four or five. They have three of the most team-friendly contracts (Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder) in the NBA. They have promising prospects overseas as well as in the D-League. And they're led by a coach who has improved his coaching acumen -- and the team’s win total -- every year he's been on the job.
 
And it's all enveloped by a culture with a high level of selflessness, which has created a locker-room environment that has been more about fighting for each other than fighting one another or others off the court.
 
Do you really think Cousins’ talent would have trumped the baggage he'd be bringing to the Celtics if they'd acquired him?
 
For him to have fit in with this team would have required him to make the kind of changes that, frankly, I just don’t see him being capable of making at this point.
 
On more than one occasion, “not fitting in” with the Celtics culture was given to me as the reason why a Cousins-to-Boston trade never gained any traction with the team’s brass. Or coaching staff, for that matter.
 
While there's no denying that he's arguably the best center in the NBA, Cousins is a high-risk, high-reward talent that makes sense to pursue if you're a franchise which has nothing to lose by adding him to the mix. Like, say, New Orleans.
 
The Pelicans are 11th in the Western Conference despite having Anthony Davis, who has been asked to carry the weight of a franchise that has yet to figure out the best combination of talent to surround him with and find success.
 
The addition of Cousins not only provides Davis some major help, but serves as a reminder of just how desperate the Pelicans are.
 
While there are mixed reports on whether the package of assets the Kings agreed to was the best they could have received for Cousins, there was no way they were going to get anything close to comparable talent in exchange for him.
 
And that was solely due to the risk that any team was willing to take on in order to acquire him.
 
At some point, the Celtics need to take advantage of an opportunity to go all-in for a superstar player. But this was not that time, or that player.

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