Boston Celtics: ShaqTimeline
Aug 2: Appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Amid speculation that he might sign with the Celtics for the final two years of his career, Shaquille O'Neal made a guest appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the conversation naturally shifted to potential destinations for the veteran free agent. When asked by Kimmel if he could imagine himself in a Celtics uniform, O'Neal replied: "[The] Celtics would be a good program." Kimmel then asked O'Neal if he would feel weird putting on a Celtics uniform, seeing as he played for their rival, the Los Angeles Lakers, for eight seasons. O'Neal replied by shaking his head, saying, "No."
Aug. 4: Celtics officially sign Shaq
Just two days after O'Neal told Jimmy Kimmel he could see himself in a Celtics uniform, it became a reality, as the Celtics announced they had officially inked Shaq to a two-year contract worth the veteran's minimum salary of $1.4 million. The signing netted them another interior force to help combat the absence of Kendrick Perkins, who, at the time, was still rehabbing the torn ACL in his right knee. The C's announced Shaq would wear No. 36. In the ensuing days, speculation was raised as to whether or not O'Neal would be able to accept a reserve role in Boston, and whether he would hinder the Celtics' strong team chemistry.
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