According to reports, Shaquille O'Neal plans to be back on the floor by April 1, but in the meantime he will wear a boot to stabilize his injured right foot, says CSNNE.com Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely.
Shaq has been out since Feb. 1 with an assortment of injuries, most notably a right Achilles strain. He was given a cortisone shot and the boot would help his footankle continue to heal before the Celtics begin the playoffs.
Conceivably, Shaq could show up to games wearing the boot, play in the game, then strap the boot back on afterward, just to be safe.
Jermaine ONeal, who would be one of Shaq's backups at center, also is expecting to be back with the team just before April 1, GM Danny Ainge told the Boston Herald.
As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared.
The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.
A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in.
All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.
And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.