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Shaq: “I would have played for free”


“I had other options where the money would have been greater. But this franchise, this team, has a tradition of winning,” said O’Neal. “I’ve been one of the luckiest guys in the history of the game. I’ve had four max deals and one lifetime of play. So money wasn’t an issue. Money will never be an issue. ButDanny Ainge had $1 million left, which was the minimum. If I had to, to come here and play, I would have played for free. Doesn’t matter to me.”

Shaq on D&C: 'I would have played for free' in Boston

Nice thing to say there for Shaq.  Really, there's not much to add to that.  There's a lot of interesting tidbits in that interview so check it out.  I liked this part:

You don’t drink at all?




Not a beer?


Not curious?

No. Not allowed to.

Your faith?

No, I’m the son of a military drill sergeant. He would kill me.

He doesn’t drink?


I didn't realize that Shaq doesn't drink.  Good for him.  And good for us… that just means there's more for the rest of us.  Which is good… because there's no way I can get through a day at Red's Army HQ with Chuck without a few drinks in me.

Side note:  That's one of the greatest Media Day photos of all time. 

Associated Press Photo

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  • dan bluber

    is it bold to say shaq looks lean in that pict?

  • Hardly.
    “The newest superstar member of the Celtics has given up his mom’s hamburgers, fried chicken, mac and cheese and cornbread muffins and is ripped and ready to go for his 18th season in the NBA.”

  • kendall1

    Good Shaq does’nt drink.Imagine having to pick him up off the floor after he falls drunk.

  • NineSevenEight

    Talk about dead weight

  • ShawnCVD

    Shaq is wearing Celtic’s laundry! And it’s not photo-shopped!! Holey crap! Opening night when he checks in is going to be surreal. Welcome to our side big fella!