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Shaq's plan: 6 teams, 6 titles in 20 NBA seasons

Associated Press | 8/10/2010, 9:41 p.m.

But that can be a major contribution for a team that is without center Kendrick Perkins for at least half the season while he recovers from the knee injury he sustained during Game 6 of the NBA finals. Backup Rasheed Wallace has said he will retire, though there is a chance the Celtics could do something with his contract.

Boston signed Jermaine O’Neal, another reclamation project, and then added his more illustrious namesake. There won’t be a problem with playing time until Perkins returns.

“Shaq still can do things that no other big man can,” Rivers said. “You need size to win. We think we filled that void pretty well today.”

The Celtics won their NBA-record 17th championship in 2008, then returned to the finals last year before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games. While the Miami Heat have rebuilt around Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, the Celtics have largely brought back the core of last season’s team, re-signing Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to keep them alongside Garnett and point guard Rajon Rondo.

“I realize I only have 730 days left in this game. I just wanted to be with a group of guys that like to win,” O’Neal said. “This was a good team with or without me. I don’t mind playing a role. I know where I am at this point in my career. It’s about coming to a team that is one or two pieces from a championship.”

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