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Report: Celtics do not expect Shaq back

Shaq and ray on bench Via the Eagle Tribune: 

Shaquille O'Neal may have worn a Boston Celtics uniform for the last time.

In what would be a crippling blow to their chances of winning a title, the Celtics are going forward as if the affable center won't be returning to team for the playoffs, according to an NBA source.

[…] The Celtics came to this conclusion after Shaq failed to complete one simple sprint up and down the court during a "conditioning test" on Saturday, before he limped off the court in Waltham.

[…] "If he were to come back, it would have to be a miraculous recovery," said the source, who requested anonymity. "And at his age (he turned 39 on March 6) and physical condition, the Celtics have planned accordingly."

Well… that is certainly not encouraging. 

This puts a lot of pressure on Jermaine O'Neal…. the same Jermaine O'Neal who played all of a game and a half before hurting something else.  So….

… this hurts.  If this is accurate… if this report is true… then this really hurts.  

Go ahead… cue the Danny hatred.

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  • It’s hard for me to be mad at Danny because in the beginning, I was convinced the deadline trade was a good move. A gamble for sure, but it seemed smart. But when you gamble… you either win or lose. If this report is true, we just lost.

  • Whilst this is valuable, I don’t think we need an insider to break this to us. I don’t know what player, especially a 400lb 39 year old player, has gone from not being able to run to giving a team dependable playoff minutes in a month. We all know he’s done, but nobody wants to admit it. Shaq won’t retire and we’ll have the same “when’s he ready” crap next year, I just hope we pick up another legit big to make sure because JO is playing well but we just cant rely on him.
    It would be hilarious if we sign Greg Oden or Yao next season.
    It’s interesting to see the source states “the Celtics have planned accordingly”, regarding his loss. I would be interesting to hear what that plan was, and if it was anything more than very very short run.

  • Not a shred of anger here. There’s absolutely no surprise in this news, and there hasn’t been since Shaq went down.
    Never had, and never will have, any interest in paying $9 million a year for a center who can’t score the basketball. Ainge got good value for a player we weren’t going to overpay, and it may well be next season – or the season after the lockout – before the value becomes apparent. This move bridges the future with a scorer.
    Fine with the deal. Perkins isn’t worth anything near what OKC is paying him, and they’re beginning to find that out.

  • DRJ

    Danny’s gamble was that EITHER Shaq or JO — preferably both of course — would be there for the team in the playoffs. So far, we do have JO. If we never get Shaq back, this team still has a good shot so long as stays healthy. (A minor wrist sprain is nothing.)
    This is why Doc’s been SO careful with JO’s minutes and health. JO is the last reliable 5 standing on this team. And he’s still standing. So this is not the end. We’re still good to go.

  • Major blow to whatever interior the Celtics had left. This will just validate whatever negative feelings people have about trading away KP. Has nothing to do with over exaggerating his numbers, though. It was his presence, youth and, most importantly, his availability at this current moment.
    They’re going to need a better defensive & rebounding effort from EVERYONE regardless of position. Not good. Sighhhhhhhhh.

  • Precisely. Calling this news the end of the title run is nonsense, or a flimsy attempt at bemoaning – again – Ainge’s refusal to pay 9 large for a limited player with a bad shoulder and a bad knee. The latter I expect, because the Internet is all about being right.
    This sort of wailing obscures the deeper issue with this team, which is the lack of defense and rebounding effort at key spots from just about everyone.
    There isn’t going to be a title if that fact doesn’t change, and if we’re eliminated it means nothing with regard to the grossly overrated Mr. Perkins. People have to get past the fact their favorite player was traded and get focused on what’s best for the Celtics and the payroll going forward.
    It means the others didn’t step up.

  • This is from a source who doesn’t want to be named, come on this is not reliable…plus, there is still weeks before round 2 and months before the end of the season. Lots of time, everyone just relax

  • I’d like to see kristic play more minutes in the next few games. If he doesn’t help with the rebounds or isn’t effective then u don’t play him for the rest of the series. This team needs help rebounding and the man is a 7 footer

  • This may very well be true but there was an interesting comment posted in another blog that I agree with where the author is surprised that some local newspaper in North Andover is getting a source that Sherrod Blakely, Chris Forsberg and Gary Washburn can’t.

  • Shaq out not a surprise. He should retire already He’s not doing anyone any favours by hanging around the league at 39 when he spends the majority of the time rehabbing in the gym. It would be different if he was playing like Grant Hill but he is not.

  • If this is true, it’s a good news. Don’t get me wrong, but now team can do with what they have, and not having expectations about something that if happens, who knows how many minutes will it last. Now thay have nothing, or no one to wait for, so there’s no excuses if they don’t go all out. I believe they can do it without him, but The infamous trade somehow turned Perk in cause of all our problems, and Shaq in solution to all of them. Guess what? None of those two are true. It was just security blanket for us fans, I hope it wasn’t for players, something that we believe it’s so simple argument, that there’s no possibility of denying it. They can do it. And God help us all, I hope they will.

  • This is a blow. Although Jermaine’s been awesome and exactly what is needed, you simply can’t count on him. There’s not a chance in hell he’s going to be able to play until June. I don’t care how careful you are with his minutes and what not, those knees aren’t holding up through multiple playoff series’ into June.
    And i’m the voice of Cs optimism. As in hopefully Nads can become a household name when his number inevitably gets called.

  • In my opinion, this changes nothing. It’s not like Shaq was gonna shed the boot and miracleously make some amazing comeback. Watching Jermaine block shots these past couple games gave us a peak at what we’ve been missing all year. If he can maintain that, and stay on the floor, they’re a much better team.
    The fact is, this team hasnt played well in the 2nd half of the season, and they’re barely beating a short-handed Knicks team that they should be killing. If the C’s dont win a championship, it aint because they’re missing Shaq or Perk. It’s cause the guys we do have arent getting it done.
    Hopefully our next center doesnt come off the scrap-heap…(i could see DA going after Marcus Canby)

  • I guess I take this like the news that Shaq will be back tomorrow, who the hell knows. JO needs to be up to this challenge.
    Danny’s gaffe was not signing a more reliable big over the summer. The trade, like all trades, was for contracts. Perk was untradeable over the summer, DA made the richest offer the C’s could make, and knowing the FA market and the labor situation, there was zero chance Perk was returning. So he traded 1/4 season of Perk + a wild unrestricted FA market that would bear a lot of cash for Perk that the C’s wouldn’t match… for a restricted FA in Green and a good chance that teams won’t shop the C’s out of a contract extension.
    I guess I just can’t believe that aside from spelling Pierce, how the trade could have been made with a 2011 title as the key focus. I wish Perk were still on the squad, right now, right here in this post season. But I can’t say that I would pick him as our next multi-year, multi-million dollar big man.

  • Did you guys here Doc on Weei? I missed the interview but Mutt and Merloni were talking about how, Doc said today that Shaq was doing better, and could play in game 3 or 4. Now it’s safe to say that they don’t want to admit he is done for the year. Remember how KG just needed more time…. Well from what I can tell the second round doesn’t start until May 6th, so shaq has two and a half weeks to get better. Short window yes, but we don’t need him for this series. But starting May 6th we need him for one month. 20 mins a game is all we need and those 5 dunks he makes will turn those 7 dime games into 12 dime games for rondo to make all the stat geeks happy. IF they don’t get shaq back, they lose to miami 4-2.