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Shaq's most memorable moments in Boston

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Shaq's most memorable moments in Boston

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

Shaquille ONeal played less than 40 games for the Boston Celtics this season, yet he provided fans with many more memorable moments before announcing his retirement on Wednesday. Take a look at five that stood out from ONeals time in Boston.

Preseason Pranks
The Celtics said ONeal would bring energy to the team, and fans got a glimpse of just how much before the regular season even began. During Training Camp online videos showed 5-9 Nate Robinson dunking on 7-1 ONeal, Robinson teaming up with Rajon Rondo to body slam the big man, and ONeal participating in a dance-off with his teammates. You've got so many characters in this locker room, but I think when Shaq and Nate got together, they always combined for some good big guy-little guy humor, said Delonte West.
The Statue
What better way to mingle with the fans of Boston than to pose as a human statue in the middle of Harvard Square? (Seems so obvious.) ONeal first revealed his plan on 98.5 The Sports Hub in October and then followed through a few weeks later, announcing the details on Twitter. He sat silently while fans gathered and posed with him for photos. "I can now tell everybody I went to Harvard," he said.

Meet Shaquita
Following a practice on Halloween afternoon, ONeal revealed to reporters that he was going to dress up as a female character named Shaquita to celebrate the holiday that evening. No description he offered could have captured his final look in words. Wearing a short wig, tight outfit, and makeup, ONeal lip synced Beyonce and shared the moments on Twitter.

The 2000 Shaq
O'Neal posted a double-double with 25 points (9-10 FG) and 11 rebounds on November 24 in a 89-83 win over the New Jersey Nets. The standout stat -- he made four straight free throws in the comeback victory. "He looked like the 2000 Shaq," said Kevin Garnett. "He looked fresh tonight. He looked really good. I thought he did a great job of getting us in the bonus early. He definitely was the target tonight . . . On this team, night in and night out, we are going to have a different guy, from Paul Pierce to Ray Allen to anybody. And tonight it was Shaq."

Shaq Goes Pop
By the time the holidays rolled around, ONeal had already participated in so many entertaining endeavors that it didnt even seem unusual that he would conduct the Boston Pops. Pops conductor Keith Lockhart donned a number 18 Celtics jersey and introduced a tuxedo-clad O'Neal. Shaq led the orchestra for "Sleigh Ride," "Can You Feel It?" and a finale of "We Are the Champions."

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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.