Back in 2009, Shaq had some less than kind words for Chris Bosh after Bosh suggested Shaq got the benefit of some kind officiating.
"I heard what Chris Bosh said, and that's strong words coming from the RuPaul of big men," O'Neal said. "I'm going to do the same thing (in their next meeting) I did before – make him quit. Make 'em quit and complain. It's what I do."
Well, they haven't exactly kissed and made up. We all know Bosh is in Miami now as part of the whatever you want to nickname them. Everyone's made a big deal about the 3 stars The Heat have on their roster. But Shaq doesn't quite see it that way.
“They got a great 1-2,” says Shaq, who disdains Chris Bosh so much he refuses to make it three. And then he started listing the Celtics, the long list of young stars and old champions fighting the fade into twilight. “Everyone is young this, young that. I’ve been in [the NBA Finals] six times in the last [16 years] years, and I haven’t seen a young team make it all the way and win it. They may look better, but they don’t do what we do.”
That sound you heard is the gauntlet being dropped. Again.
These Boston Celtics are pissed off, folks. They all saw what went on with that premature celebration in Miami. They all watch Sports Center and their big Miami training camp segments. They all know that The Heat are getting all the attention and have been crowned champs already… leaving the season as simply an inevitable Sherman's March to a title.
So this won't be the last shot the Celtics take at Miami. Oh no… this is just beginning.