“At 39, I wasn’t mentally on the down slope. But I used to feel really terrible after scoring eight points. This ain’t me, the Diesel scoring eight points. My mind was on winning the whole thing, and we had a chance to get the second spot [in the Eastern Conference], and we ended up getting the fourth spot. I even told Danny Ainge not to do the Kendrick Perkins deal with Oklahoma City. I told them I might not be ready, and I’m definitely not coming back. Those guys did what they’ve got to do. I wasn’t surprised; I’ve seen it before. They say all that blah, blah, but you know it’s always going to be something different.” ESPN.com
Well well well. Looks like Shaq has been reading the old Boston Jam and realized that he ran the future center of the Celtics out of town. Despite what Shaq says, the Celtics have a different account of what happened. Because if a 7’2, 500 pound center came to me and said “my Achilles tendon is torn because my limbs on my body are gaining weight at an uncontrollable pace” I would either euthanize the guy or tell him to wear a suit on the bench for the rest of the year. Chances are Danny Ainge didn’t hear this and then decided to ship the healthier, much younger, lower cholesterol level Perkins to OKC. So thanks for trying to cover up your trail again Shaq, because this really puts a fantastic final stamp on your wonderful year with the Celtics.