Last year’s final minutes for the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals were all about size and strength. Facing the Lakers’ big man duo of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, the Celtics could not rebound without center Kendrick Perkins.
Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett could not find the strength on their mid-30 year old legs to last 40+ minutes in June.
Shaquille O’Neal will give the Celtics another large presence to rebound and defend in the paint.
He did not fit in Cleveland for a number of reasons, many of which were not because of him. The Cavaliers had too many locker room issues dealing with LeBron James.
Shaq still is a very good rebounder, and can still defend very capably as well.
He does not need to play a lot of minutes a game, and he does not need to dominate the scoresheet like he did in his championship winning days with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Shaq is old, there is no denying that, but he is a serviceable player who will fit into his role as a rebounder and defensive stalwart.