Brian Scalabrine Sees Simliarities Between Himself, Shaquille O’Neal


With the recent re-signings of Nate Robinson and Marquis Daniels and the acquisition of former Houston Rocket Von Wafer, the Celtics are looking pretty well staffed for the 2010-11 season. Just two names remain on the rumor mill as possible additions to the C's roster — and one of them is enjoying sharing the spotlight with the other.

Brian Scalabrine, a member of the Celtics for the last five years, gets a kick out of being named in the same sentence as Shaquille O'Neal, a 15-time All-Star and surefire Hall of Famer. And he's not afraid to crack a self-deprecating joke about it, either.

"Me and Shaq’s games are really quite similar," Scal told the Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine. "He’s an inside player. I’m an inside player. He’s 360. I’m 250. I don’t know, if they had to make that choice that there’s only going be room for one 360-pound center, I feel like they could do both. They could have me and him."

Scal averaged just 9.1 minutes per game last season, spending most of his time on the end of Doc Rivers' bench. He earned about $3.4 million for his services; Shaq played in Cleveland and pocketed a cool $20 million.

So at least in that way, they're not too similar.

Anyone the Celtics sign from here on out will likely be for the veteran's minimum salary. At the moment, neither of the two "inside players" looks likely to wind up in Boston next season, but you never know.

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