Boston Celtics Flashback: Shaquille O'Neal Signing

By Rob Lunder
Boston Celtics, Shaquille O'Neal
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics made a bold move during the 2010 offseason by signing one of the greatest players of all time in Shaquille O’Neal. Celtics GM Danny Ainge felt that O’Neal still had something left in the tank to help the franchise win another NBA title. The move proved to be a mistake as O’Neal did not pan out the way the organization would have hoped.

During that offseason, Ainge targeted more size at the center position to dethrone the Miami Heat and get back to another NBA Finals. The problem was that O’Neal was not a kid anymore, and the physical toll of another 82-game season was just too much for him to handle. If the Celtics were getting a prime O’Neal, then that obviously would have been incredible. Unfortunately, that type of thought would only occur in someone’s fantasy world.

Even though the signing did not work out like the city of Boston would have hoped for, Ainge should not be faulted for the signing. If O’Neal was healthy, he could have perhaps got the team over that hump. He averaged 10 points and almost five rebounds per game and his type of presence certainly would have been beneficial in the playoffs. Even if he did not start, he still would have provided solid depth at a position of need. As a result, they were short one big man in a time where they really could have used one.

The O’Neal signing did not work out like the Celtics would have hoped, but you can’t fault them for at least trying.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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