Turn out the lights, the party’s over. Injured Celtic center Shaquille O’Neal has likely played his last game in the NBA. Shaq will sit out game five and beyond as he has been unable to overcome the injury suffered to his calf in early February. What seemed like a routine calf sprain has essentially derailed the Celtics season with so much riding on the big fella. From playing time to possibly not even making the Perkins trade, the fate of a season rested heavily on a player only expected to play 15-20 minutes a game. A sad ending to one of the greatest careers of all time.
Said head coach Doc Rivers: “Nothing he can do, it’s not like he’s not trying. I told our team that [Tuesday]. You know, he’s done everything you possibly can do to get healthy. And unfortunately for him, he just hasn’t been able to do it. When he was originally injured, no one even thought it was that serious.”
Shaq is technically under contract next season with the Celtics, however, his age and the uncertainty due to the ongoing NBA labor situation make a return to the green team highly unlikely.