Shaq fitted with boot, still could return on April 1

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Shaq fitted with boot, still could return on April 1

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.

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

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