Boston, get ready for a Shaq Attack - Shaquille O’Neal is going to be a man in green.

Yeah, at 38 he’s in the twilight of his career - the oldest NBA player hitting the paint
- and at 7-feet, 1-inch and 325 lbs, better suited for “The Biggest Loser” than the
Bahstun Gahd'n.

But he’s Shaq - Comcast shill, rapper extraordinaire, Neon from “Blue Chips,” guest star
on “Punk’d.”

Let’s be honest. The only thing the C’s need - aside from size - is some serious
Hollywood mojo. Props to Ray Allen for his turn in “He Got Game,” but it can’t compare
to playing a genie in a boom box.

The Boston Celtics announced the signing of actor Shaquille O'Neal on Wednesday to a
two year deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The Eastern Conference champions
signed 7-foot-1, 325-pound Shaquille O'Neal adding the 15-time All-Star to a team
needing his size with center Kendrick Perkins recovering from knee surgery that could
sideline him until February.

"I am honored to be joining the Celtics," O'Neal said. "I have played against Paul
[Pierce], Ray [Allen], Kevin [Garnett], Rajon [Rondo], and Jermaine [O'Neal] 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."

O'Neal won three NBA titles with the Lakers and one with the Miami Heat and has also
played for the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers.

O'Neal was named the league MVP as a member of the Lakers in 2000. He is the
fifth-leading scorer in NBA history (28,255 points) and is 14th on the all-time rebounds
list (12,921). He averaged 12 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots in 53 games
during his only season with the Cavaliers last year.

"It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille's caliber to your team,"
Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said. "His past experience
speaks for itself and we believe that he is a great fit for our roster."

The Big Three of the Boston Celtics are now a Very Big Four. O'Neal joins the other
three big names -- Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen -- on a team that went to
Game 7 of the NBA Finals before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics will tip-off the 2010-11 season on October 26 against LeBron’s new team
the Miami Heat. Another former teammate of Shaq, Dwyane Wade, is also likely to be
playing for Miami in an exciting opening-night matchup.
Actor / rapper Shaq signs with the Boston Celtics.
by Roland Hansen
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