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Shaq’s mom thinks he might return to Celtics next year


About that plan for Shaquille O’Neal to retire….

It’s been the assumption in Boston that Shaq would retire and GM Danny Ainge said on his radio show recently he basically expects it.

But Ainge and the Celtics signed Shaq to a two-year deal with the player having the option for the second year. It’s Shaq’s call, not the Celtics. And his mother told the New Orleans Times-Picayune she thinks he may well return.

“He went there to help them win a championship, and they didn’t do that this year,’’ Lucille said. “It bothered him so much that he could not play. He felt like he let the Boston team down and the community down, so I could believe he’s going back to Boston. He’s not in a place to be traded or anything like that.’’

Shaq did not play a regular season game from February through the end of the season. In the second round of the playoffs against the Heat he tried to give it a go, he played 17 minutes across two games, and that left him limping and unable to continue. His body is just not going to put up with the grind of the NBA season again.

But it’s up to him. And it will not be easy for him to walk away.

Celtics’ Ainge thinks Shaq will retire

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The ball is in Shaquille O’Neal’s court.

But Celtics head man Danny Ainge told CSN New England he believes Shaq has played his last game.

“I think so,” the Celtics’ director of basketball operations replied when asked if he thought Shaq had played his last game in the NBA. “It’s early to make those emotional decisions, but my guess is he has.”

Shaq has a player option for next season for $1.4 million.

He has said in the past he wanted to play one more season, to play when he was 40, and he wants another shot at a ring, what would be his fifth.

But this season he played just 12 minutes after the end of January as a lingering Achilles and calf injury would just not heal. He had battled a number of heath issues in recent seasons as the toll of a long NBA career started to wear on him.

If he does step away, it has been a glorious career.