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Lakers to meet Shaq and Boston in January

August 9, 2010 |  7:13 pm

We already know that the Lakers will play the loaded Miami Heat with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Boshon Christmas Day at Staples Center. So guess what the next high-profile Lakers home game of almost equal interest will be?

It will be against The Big Turncoat. The Big We Hate You Even More. The Big How Could Play For Them?

Yep, you got it.

Shaquille O'Neal will come to town with the dreaded and hated Boston Celtics on Jan. 30 to face Kobe Bryantand  friends at Staples Center, NBA sources told The Times. The Lakers will play at Boston on Feb. 10.

The NBA will announce its complete schedule Tuesday.

The Lakers just defeated the Celtics in the NBA Finals in June. The Lakers now have 16 NBA championships, one behind the all-time leading Celtics (17).

It's a heated rivalry, the best the NBA has to offer.

Now with The Big Leprechaunadded to the mix, the fire is just that much hotter -- at least in the eyes of Lakers fans who still have a healthy dislike for O'Neal.

O'Neal won three NBA championships with the Lakers -- and one with the Heat -- and is seeking his fifth title.

Right now, Bryant has five championships, one more than Shaq, something Kobe delighted in expressing after the Lakers won the title in June.

-- Broderick Turner