Shaq's most memorable moments in Boston


Shaq's most memorable moments in Boston

By JessicaCamerato

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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BOSTON – If you believe what Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are saying, then the former UConn star will not be on the move prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ESTtrade deadline.

Drummond, whose social media posts on Monday and later Tuesday morning only perpetuated the belief that he might be traded to Boston, addressed the trade speculation surrounding him after the Piston’s practice on Tuesday.

“What’s that got to do with my team?” he told reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors.”

Drummond was then reminded of the eyeballs emoji he posted Tuesday morning, which came less than 24 hours after he re-tweeted Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ eyeballs emoji – a similar posting to what Thomas did around the time Boston landed Al Horford last summer.

So as fans and media tried to piece the tweets together like they were clues to a Jessica Fletcher mystery, Drummond did his best to splash cold water on the trade talk on Tuesday.

“I’m a grown man,” he said. “I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”

Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about the Pistons having conversations with several teams about all their players.

“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters following the team’s practice on Tuesday. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre.

Van Gundy added, “The rumors don’t mean anything to me. One of you (media) guys asked me over the weekend how far along the D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green trade for Reggie was. The first time I heard about it was when I got that text, so I would assume not that far. I usually can just laugh it off, but it gets a little annoying.”