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Doc Rivers doesn't see Shaq back before April 5

Posted on: March 26, 2011 7:15 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 7:15 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

Are you going to be shocked -- shocked, I say -- if word is Shaquille O'Neal won't return by April 1, as was reported earlier in the week?

Because according to Doc Rivers, he doesn't see that happening.
"[Shaq coming on the road trip is] a possibility, I actually heard that there's a chance, but I don't expect it," Rivers told ESPN Boston Saturday. "I can tell you I've heard different things. I just think that's too optimistic, in my opinion, just being around the game long enough to know that, when they take the boot off, you usually don't play a day later. And I don't see him flying on the plane, getting the boot off -- I just think that's unrealistic.

"There's a better chance -- when do we come home, next Sunday? There's a better chance there [versus Detroit] and I actually don't think that's realistic. It's more likely the game after that [versus Philadelphia]. That would be our target date for Shaq. And I don't even know if that one is [going to hold firm]."

It's been an on again, off again situation with Shaq and his giant foot the past few months. Shaq has not played since Feb. 1 due to a sore right Achilles tendon, missing 23 games. Shaq recently had a cortizone shot in his foot and was put back in an immobilizing boot.

If O'Neal returns by April 5, he still would have six games to get prepared and in game shape before the first round of the playoffs begin April 16.

A large reason Danny Ainge stamped the approval on trading starting center Kendrick Perkins is because he believes Shaq, once healthy, will be every bit the big man in the middle the Celtics need.

But everyone is still waiting on that day. Now maybe it's April 5. Maybe. It's kind of getting to the point where I'll believe it when I see it.

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Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2011 8:07 am
 

Doc Rivers doesn't see Shaq back before April 5

The Celtics were stupid to trade Perkins, and that mistake is going to cost them the chance for another trophy.  I was looking forward to another Celtics/Lakers series with the Lakers winning in the end.  Now it looks like we're playing either Chicago or the Heat.  Oh well, it doesn't really matter.  It dowesn't matter who we beat to win another trophy.

GO LLLLLAKERRRRRS!!!!!



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Doc Rivers doesn't see Shaq back before April 5

"I don't know what to believe with this whole Shaq thing ... but the latest on Jemaine is that he has been doing well and HE could very well make an impact in the playoffs.  If Shaq finally decided to play as well, then that's two extra bodies to clog the paint and absorb fouls.  Not worried one bit .. Celts will roll come playoffs as usual."

That quite possibly is the funniest thread I have ever read.  Thanks bro for giving me a good laugh.  Relying on the Big Fatty and Jermaine Oneal to roll through the playoffs is awesome.  Using Shaq and roll in the same sentence is definitely accurate. 

When will the Celtic fans come to terms with the fact that the chance for a championship left when Ainge let the heart and soul of that team go to OKC.  The Lakers have directed their attention to Chicago as the threat from the East.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Doc Rivers doesn't see Shaq back before April 5

I don't know what to believe with this whole Shaq thing ... but the latest on Jemaine is that he has been doing well and HE could very well make an impact in the playoffs.  If Shaq finally decided to play as well, then that's two extra bodies to clog the paint and absorb fouls.  Not worried one bit .. Celts will roll come playoffs as usual.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Doc Rivers doesn't see Shaq back before April 5

Wow, now there's a suprise!! I wouldn't be suprised if we don't see him until the playoffs start!



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Doc Rivers doesn't see Shaq back before April 5

Its hard to say one way or the other with Shaq how much of an impact he will have, but JO will not be worth anything in the playoffs. Shaq had a decent year with the cavs, so it isnt too much of a stretch to say that he could be productive for the celts.


but he sure as hell is giving them a cause for concern sitting this whole time Tongue out



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Doc Rivers doesn't see Shaq back before April 5

Unless Shaq has changed his way of thinking since his days with the Lakers. He will not be in any kind of shape to play basketball. The only thing he has picked up has been a hamburger from McDonald or another burger franchise.

His mentality was that I got injured on the job, therefore I would need to get well once I got back to the job.

With that attitude he would be in shape around the third round of the playoffs or the  conference championship.

I am not aware of the other O’Neal, but if he has the same mentality the Celtics can not depend on these two divas until next year.


“ONE MAN’S OPINION”




Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Doc Rivers doesn't see Shaq back before April 5

If the Celtics are banking on either of the O'Neal sisters to make a difference in the post season, then you are IMO dillusional.


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