Ethan Picard ’14
That’s right, the 38 year old four time champion is coming to Boston. After playing on four teams in the last five years, Shaq could finally be settling down in the place he might retire. Shaq, whose full name is Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal, is notorious for playing on Boston’s rival team, the LA Lakers, with Kobe Bryant. Together they won three back to back championships. Many people are unaware of Shaq’s other careers, which include five studio rap albums and an extensive acting career, including his own show, Shaq Vs.
Shaq definitely brings size to Boston; some people have began calling “The Big Three” the “Very Big Four”. Standing at seven feet and one inch and weighing in at three hundred twenty five pounds he dwarfs Nate Robinson, who is only five nine and one hundred and eight pounds. With almost thirteen thousand total rebounds and averaging eleven rebounds a game, he will be a strong big man in the back court for the Celtics. He told Nate Robinson and Big Baby, “Here we come. We’re the BBM — Boston Bench Mob.”
One of the biggest dilemmas of Shaq coming to Boston is choosing a nickname for him. He even went as far as having a public poll to decide his nicknames with such options as The Green Monster, The Jolly Green Giant, The Shamroq, St. Shaqtrick, The Big Dig, The Big Chowda, The Big Leprechaun, and Bigger Papi. If you want to vote on which name you like most, you can go to ESPN.com and search “Give Shaq a New Nickname”.
Shaq is very determined to win a ring with his new team. If he wins the championship this year he will stop the Lakers from completing another three-peat and from tying the Celtics with championship titles. He will also tie Koby Bryant with 5 rings. Shaq says, “I want my concentration to be right where it should be. No distractions.”