Shaquille O'Neal – the man with an opinion on everything – offered his two cents on the Chris Paul-for-Rajon Rondo trade rumors during a morning appearance on 98.5:
“Everyone is tradeable, you could probably get a lot for Rajon Rondo but he is the heart and soul of the team,” retired star Shaquille O’Neal told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich. “I don’t think that would be a good idea. If I was the general manager, I wouldn’t do it.”
“Chris Paul is not better than Rajon Rondo… Rajon Rondo is the true definition of a point guard, period,” said O’Neal. “He gets everybody involved and he scores when he has to. Chris Paul scores a lot of points, but when was the last time they made it to the playoffs? Thank you very much.”
I'm not sure Rondo is the heart and soul of this team. That distinction will always belong to Kevin Garnett. But I get where Shaq is coming from, Rondo is the accelerator to the Celtics engine.
The playoff comment is an unwarranted dig at Chris Paul. Like he's to blame for the personnel on the Hornets.
(h/t Celtics Life)