After writing about Shaq being in a minor dilemma , the Diesel has finally found a new tank to fill up.
According to ESPN, the Boston Celtics have agreed to a two-year, $3 million deal with center Shaquille O'Neal.
Celtics fans are loving it, other Eastern Conference team fans are hating it, and general NBA fans seem to have a mixed opinion. So let's break down the good, the bad, and the ugly with this move.
With Kendrick Perkins out until 2011, the Celtics were in desperate need of a dominant defensive center that could fill in the shoes of big ol' Perk.
The Celtics managed to sign Jermaine O'Neal to the mid-level exception, but apparently that wasn't enough for Boston.
O'Neal can defend Dwight Howard and create a mismatch on the offensive end of the court against the Miami Heat. Bringing in Shaq also provides the Celtics with much needed rebounding (ranked 29th out of 30 in RPG last season).
Shaq can clog up the paint on the defensive end of the floor, ultimately preventing opponents from getting to the rim.
At 38 years of age, Shaq has played in an average of 57 games per season since the 05'-06' season when he competed for the Miami Heat.
The big fella has suffered from various injuries throughout his career, but at this point injuries are a major concern.
At this age, O'Neal is more prone to getting banged up, forcing him to take more time to recover than a young gun.
If Shaq is expected to be the Celtics starting center until Perkins gets back, the amount of minutes per game that he averages could take a toll on him for the long haul to the playoffs.
The Celtics locker room is filled with egos, and how Doc Rivers manages to keep every player in check is mind blowing.
Adding O'Neal to the team adds more ego into that single locker room than the daily amount of hamburgers made at 15 McDonalds' combined.
I continue to read that Shaq can provide this team with experience , but is that what the Celtics are really missing?
Boston has made it to the NBA Finals twice during the last three years with three potential Hall of Famers and one of the best point-guards in the league on their squad. So from the looks of things, experience isn't really a legitimate reason for bringing in O'Neal.
Shaq has a reputation for parting ways with teams on bad terms (Los Angeles and Miami), and if he lets his ego get in the way of him not being the center of attention on the Celtics things could go from good, to bad, to ugly.