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Shaq: Chris Paul is not better than Rajon Rondo

Chuck - Red's Army November 30, 2011 Uncategorized 4 Comments

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)

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/bhaber602 Bhaber602

    Paul is a different type of person then KG. KG will do anything to win, and hates the players on the other team. Paul is one of LeBron’s buddies, and wants to team up in NY. Is that the type of guy the Celtics really want anyway?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/paulmkane2001 Paulmkane2001

    Shaq’s comment is not unfair at all. It’s a bit inaccurate, but he’s making the point that there is more to being a top player than statistics. Rondo makes everyone better, as Shaq knows from first hand experience.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mattwilding Matt Wilding

    I’m not lobbying for the trade, but I’m pretty sure the last time CP3 and the Hornets went to the playoffs was last season. 7th seed. Lost to the Lakers. Surprised Shaq doesn’t remember, given that he wasn’t doing anything else at the time.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/davelahr Dave Lahr

    CP3 is a fat bum, Rondo is worth more than CP3. even an old Kobe kick his fat btt. CP3 is just like Lebron no gutts.