Wednesday , Aug , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Shaq ‘absolutely’ OK with bench role in Boston

Rivers said in a radio interview with ESPN 950 in Washington that the legendary center plans to be flexible. "Absolutely coach," O’Neal told Rivers when asked if he’d be OK with a reserve role. O’Neal went on to agree that he’d even be fine with playing just 10-15 minutes per game.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Easier said than done.
Shaquille O’Neal has always been the main attraction, so it’s hard to imagine him in the supporting cast. But this is The Deal between O’Neal and Boston Celtics’ coach Doc Rivers.
The future Hall of Fame five-man had limited options this summer as a free agent. The problem: teams were reluctant to give O’Neal the money, term, and playing time he wanted.
Enter Boston.    
Rivers knew his squad needed another big body low with Kendrick Perkins recovering from knee surgery. O’Neal landed a two-year deal for the veteran’s minimum.
The catch: minutes would be limited. Transitioning from star to reserve is never simple. Especially since O’Neal has done movies, music, and reality television.
Unfortunately, Father Time is a factor. O’Neal had to play a role if he wanted an NBA job. Credit him for swallowing his pride and taking a seat on the Celtics’ bench.
–Oly Sandor.
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