Doc Rivers gave Shaq a reality check before Boston signed him
Shaquille O’Neal was still on the market late in the free agent season in large part because of his demands.
He was asking for at least the mid-level exception. He wanted a key role on the team. Basically, he wanted to be treated like the Shaq of 2005.
Boston was interested in him, but not on those terms. So Shaq was summoned to Doc Rivers home in Florida for a “come to Jesus” meeting, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
He did. He signed. And that may turn out to be big for Boston because at this price Shaq is a bargain. He still can score at a fairly high percentage, he can still board, he is still a big body in the paint that can be used again teams like Orlando, Miami and Los Angeles.
But it’s a small role. Fortunately for Boston, there is nobody better at selling star players that they need to fit into roles than Rivers.