C’s got their insurance policy in Shaquille O’Neal today and although some people doubted they could do it got even older.
Yes, the Boston Celtics have indeed gotten older by adding the services of Shaq, but just how notable is this signing? It’s not at all.
Allow me to elaborate, like many have forgotten the Celtics stumbled into the playoffs last season as a 4 seed due to the countless injuries due to how how old this team is.
Sure, the C’s were one game away from becoming NBA champions, but really? Are we really going to live in fantasy land that the Celtics can just coast through the season and somehow turn it on come playoff team? There has to come a point where there age catches up to them, and that time is now.
Sure Shaq is another body to throw at Dwight Howard, but it’s already been proven Shaq isn’t a difference maker on defense anymore and doesn’t slow down Howard when they go head-to-head. The C’s think the Jermaine O’Neal and Shaq are both going to be able to make it to January without going down? Chances are both of these guys are going down before January, and the Celtics are back to square one.
The C’s also have huge question marks in Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Both brought new meaning to the word inconsistent this past postseason and will be counted on once again to play big minutes during the regular season which will likely result in even more injury problems for C’s.
Tony Allen also is no longer a Celtic and will be replaced by the far from ready Avery Bradley. Allen has become an elite defender in this league and his absence will be greatly missed come playoff time.
Pierce and Rondo are really the only sure things on the C’s going into next year and will be the two that hold this team together. Rondo is going to have to improve his scoring and Pierce needs to have a season that reflects last season or even better or the C’s could be in for a very rough season.
If I’m a Celtics fan, I’d be worried.