Tuesday , Aug , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Shaq on the Celtics: ‘it’s all about winning, nothing else’

Shaquille O’Neal was officially introduced as a member of the Celtics on Tuesday.

"I’ve done everything individually that I’ve set out to do," O’Neal said. "Now, toward the latter part of my career, it’s all about winning."

O’Neal, who wore a suit and bow tie for the introduction, insists that he’ll accept any role in Boston.

"I still have hunger, I still can play, I still want to win," O’Neal said. "When I close my book at the end of the day it’s all about winning, nothing else."

In terms of nicknames, O’Neal likes the Big Shamrock but was also partial to the Big Green Mile.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He gave his word. Publicly.

Today, the Boston Celtics unveiled Shaquille O’Neal at a press conference, and the future Hall of Fame center promised reporters he’d play any role for the Eastern Conference champions.

Minutes, shots, and touches don’t matter. Only winning.

This sounds nice, but will O’Neal keep his word and mouth shut in the middle of, say, a January losing streak? And how will he influence his younger, impressionable teammates?

Fortunately, the Celtic players police each other. When this fails, Coach Doc Rivers has the people skills to finesse O’Neal.

Hopefully, they won’t need it.

–Oly Sandor.

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