Saturday, December 25, 2010
Shaquille O'Neal unhappy with whistles
ESPN.com news services
Shaquille O'Neal fouled out in only 13 minutes of playing time Saturday during the Celtics' loss to the Magic, and he wasn't happy with the officiating after the game.
"I guess they came out to see No. 26 today," O'Neal said. "... He was a great player out there today."
Official Bob Delaney was the only person wearing No. 26 on the floor Saturday.
"They [fans] paid all that money to watch No. 26 play," O'Neal said. "If I was a fan, I would be pissed. You pay all that money for good seats, you have two of the best guys in the [NBA] sitting on the bench, out of the game. That is what happens when you have control freaks out there."
Orlando's Dwight Howard picked up five fouls, including a technical, while being held to six points in 33 minutes.
"It's just two good guys going out there hard," O'Neal said of his battle with Howard. "I just wish we had the opportunity to play."
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said Howard was frustrated.
"Not so much in the first half, but I think when he got the ones in the third quarter he was really frustrated," Van Gundy said. "Not for anything other than it's a big game and he wanted to play. He just wanted to play."
O'Neal scored his only two points seconds before fouling out in the fourth quarter. His 13 minutes were by far the fewest in any of the 63 games in which he's fouled out in his career.