“He told me he was going to play,” Rivers said. “(Trainer) Eddie (Lacerte) thought he would play. I do expect him to play. If he didn’t, it would be because something went wrong in practice (on Friday). But right now I expect him to play.
“We’re not going to let him do too much. But, again, before someone asks ‘How much is too much?’ – how the hell do I know? Walking to the floor could be too much, who knows.”
As for O’Neal’s impact. Rivers said: “He’ll be big, I do know that.”
Yeah, there's a lot of wiggle room in that, isn't there?
All I know is… right now, Shaq's in. And not a moment too soon. I'll take 10 minutes right now.
As for what it means? It means another enforcer in the game to make sure guys think twice about going to the rim. And it means a little better spacing on offense. Ray Allen might be the biggest beneficiary with the picks Shaq will set. Rondo's a close second… with the space that Shaq will eat up. The impact should be noticeable.