The Celtics have a few role players of their own that will be needed to play a big part on this team if they want to win a banner. For the Celtics it’s Shaquille O’Neal.
The Celtics announced (kind of) that Shaq will most likely start opening night against the heat. This is most likely a respect move by the organization so that he will not seem like a sixth man, but that is exactly what he will do this year for the team.
In the preseason Shaq has been an impressive addition to this team. Shaq helped open the floor offensively by keeping the center on the other team down low and the big man even played some defense.
The key will be keeping the big man healthy and giving him limited time on the floor. He will need enough time to make an impact without wearing out. Doc Rivers is an excellent coach and will know how to achieve this balance. After Kobe won another ring, the big man actually seems motivated, but it’s still early.