Ex-Magic, ex-Laker, ex-Heat, ex-Sun, ex-Cavalier and new Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal worked the crowds in Harvard Yard over the weekend, and literally stopped traffic just about everywhere, according to the Boston Globe.
"I'm much older now," said O'Neal, 38, who signed a two-year, $2.8-million deal with the Celtics this summer. "This [Celtics] team is good with or without me. Sometimes, in order to win, you have to sacrifice. I don't mind sacrificing. At the end of the day, it's all about winning.
"I'm going to do what I'm told to do. Whatever they need me to do. I'm not in a position to cause trouble or cause a ruckus. The reason why younger in my career I acted a fool is because they made me the CEO. If I'm the CEO and I'm getting all the blame, we're going to start doing it my way."
The Lakers will play the Celtics at Staples Center on Jan. 30, and in Boston on Feb. 10. I wonder how high the ticket-scalping prices go?
-- Barry Stavro
Photo: Shaquille O'Neal meets reporters after signing with the Boston Celtics. Credit: Brian Snyder /Reuters
Tweet of the Day: "Sum1 told me I have an attractive smile. What u think? Lol" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)
Reader Comment of the Day: "I don't hate to admit it at all. We needed this. Well, we didn't really need it, but it sure helps give that extra little motivation to keep our eye on the prize. Are we going to let Shaq tie Kobe in rings while wearing a ... Celtics uniform? HELL NO!!!! Are we going to let the Miami Meat and LeCreep get a ring after the sickening narcissism of "The Decision?" HELL NO!!! No way. No how." -- Jon K.
Though it is highly unlikely the Lakers will bring back small forward Adam Morrison, it doesn't mean he wants to stop playing in the NBA.
Over the last couple of days, Morrison has worked out for several NBA teams, doing all he can to secure a job for next season.
He worked out in Las Vegas for the Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.
Morrison, drafted third overall in the 2006 draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, looked as if he might have a solid NBA career, but he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2007 and hasn't been the same since.
He was traded to the Lakers in February 2009 but never was much of a factor during his time with the team.
Morrison now hopes he can catch on with another team.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report that Vegas oddsmakers believe the Heat are the favorite to win the NBA title over the Lakers. Nonetheless, Bresnahan and Turner talk to a few Lakers who still believe they're the favorites to win.
Tweet of the Day: "What team did lebron go to?" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)
Reader Comment of the Day: "for Kobe & Co., the mission for the Lakers is to stealthily get through the regular season healthy. The "Decision" on Thursday should only help serve the motivation for a 3-peat. The Lakers have forged their weapons over the past few seasons to steel them to greater success and greater heights. Let all the attention focus on Miami. The rings and the trophies still belong in Los Angeles." -- Rick Friedman
--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen believes that it's fitting the Finals will go to seven games, considering the Lakers-Celtics history. He also gives his take in the video below on who the Finals MVP will be.
Tweet of the Day: "Boston’s Glen "Big Baby" Davis on Game 7: “I can’t wait. I can’t wait to step up on the floor and win here in L.A.” -- KevinDing (Orange County Register Lakers beat reporter Kevin Ding)
Reader Comment of the Day: May this serve as a lesson to all Laker fans: never give up on your team. The only thing certain is that one team is gonna be awfully heartbroken on Thursday night, and methinks it's gonna be Boston. -- EJK
Lakers center Andrew Bynum had his right knee drained twice in the last two weeks, but he said nothing would prevent him from playing in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Bynum said he was "100% certain" he would be on the court Sunday against the Boston Celtics.
"I'm going to go out and I'm going to play," he said. "That's why I got the knee drained."
Bynum had the minor procedure on his knee immediately after the Lakers played Boston on Thursday night. He played only 12 minutes in Game 4 because of swelling in the knee directly related to complications from torn cartilage in the area.
The Lakers remained guardedly optimistic they would have their shot-blocking defensive presence Sunday. They are tied with the Celtics at two games each in the best-of-seven series.
"We're still optimistic that he's going to give it a shot and see how he does," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Saturday. "We have [another] day to work with him. He's had a day of therapy and he can start getting some movement and maybe start activating himself [Sunday] and get himself going."
Bynum was averaging 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots in the first three games of the Finals, though he had two points, three rebounds and no blocked shots in his limited time Thursday.
Tweet of the Day: "Phil came home from STAPLES Center kissed me on the forehead and watched the 4th quarter again. I am an NBA widow." -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss, who is Jackson's girlfriend.
Reader Comment of the Day: "Ron redeemed himself. I am happy for him. Good anticipation on that Kobe's shot. I knew it from the release that it will not go in. Ron's got good instinct on that one for him to track the ball. Good to see Ron/Kobe/Lamar on that group hug. I want the Lakers to win it again this year for those 3 players" -- jette
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest (37) and guard Kobe Bryant react, along with the Staples Center crowd, after Artest hit the winning shot as time expired in Game 5 on Thursday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
I discussed the Lakers-Suns series in the video below with Don Best TV host Pat Williams.
Tweet of the Day: U know the Lakers are goin to come out focus tonight ... I remember game 5 vs the thunder ... they scored everything in the paint ... Gotta be ready" -- JaredDudley619 (Phoenix Suns reserve forward Jared Dudley)
Reader Comment of the Day: "I'm sure LA will hit more shots at home, but it remains to be seen whether LA can keep up their defense against a PHX team that has yet to shoot well in this series" -- BUTLER
Photo: Suns power forward Amare Stoudemire (background) grabs a rebound from Lakers forwards Lamar Odom (7) and Ron Artest (37) in the first half of Game 3 on Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times