All of these players have Shaquille O'Neal to thank for their first (and only, in Hardaway's case) shots at glory.
Unfortunately, the Boston Celtics were not able to benefit from the player that shook the league over a decade ago. In fact, Shaq's minor impact on the team only lasted a few months.
With Shaq and Kendrick Perkins gone, only a hobbled (more than ready to “earn” $6.5 million more) Jermaine O'Neal is left under the hoop.
Whether Nenad Krstic and his minimal impact will be brought back to the team next season remains to be seen.
In order to have the slightest shot at overcoming the Heat (I know, I'm not optimistic), the Celtics will need to make some critical acquisitions. At the top of this list is improving the center position.