UPDATE: SHAQ’S A CELTIC

The Boston Celtics have signed Shaquille O’Neal.

“It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations.

“His past experience speaks for itself and we believe that he is a great fit for our roster.”

That’s certainly true…the C’s needed some more bulk in the frontcourt after losing Kendrick Perkins to a serious knee-injury and Rasheed Wallace to retirement.

“I am honored to be joining the Celtics,” said O’Neal. “I have played against Paul, Ray, Kevin, Rajon, and Jermaine for many years and it will be great to be able to call them my teammates. I cannot wait to get to Boston to get started in pursuit of another championship.”

The Diesel posted averages of 12.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and shot 56.6% from the field last season in 53 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It it will be interesting to see how Doc Rivers integrates the 38-year old into a team already full of big personalities.

If nothing else, it will undoubtedly increase the already rabid anticipation of the opening game of the 2010-2011 NBA season – when Shaq comes face-to-face with ex-teammates Dwayne Wade and Lebron James as the new-look Miami Heat travel to Boston to take on the Celtics on October 26th.

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