I guess Big Baby wasn't the only one struggling with his role on the Celtics in the last couple of years. "Training Camp MVP" Jermaine O'Neal, who is signing with the Lakers for the minimum, apparently wanted to shoot more.
"Sometimes when you’re asked not to worry about some of the stronger parts of your game, which is scoring, and only [focus on] defense, that’s difficult to do." "I’m not stupid," O’Neal said. "I don’t think I can go for 20 every night anymore, but I do believe I can go for 20 on any given night. It’s just about finding a position whether it’s coming off the bench or starting, whether its 15 minutes or 30 minutes, whatever the coaches ask you to do it’s just about having the opportunity to be yourself. I just want to get to the level that I know I’m physically right.
In other former Celtics center news, Hollins might find a job before long.
A source confirmed to ESPN NewYork.com that the Nets are interested in free agent Ryan Hollins to fill their backup center role. The source said the Clippers and Hornets also have interest in the 27-year-old veteran.
Finally, mark your calendars so you can ...mark your calendars.
Yay! No more lockout shortened schedule! I'll bet we see Miami in the first week of the season.