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September 28, 2010

Hollywood comes to Boston

WALTHAM — Few things in sports are more mundane than Media Day.

But for the 2010-11 Boston Celtics, nothing is run of the mill.

Rajon Rondo was wrapping up an interview when Shaquille O'Neal, all 7-1, 350 pounds of him — he's listed at 325, but 325 doesn't jiggle like that — planted a grandmotherly kiss on the prickly point guard's cheek.

The only thing more oversized than Shaq and Big Baby Davis are their outlandish personalities.

This team shouldn't lack for melodrama, headlines, victories and TMZ appearances.

Shaq, of course, is larger than life. At 38, his game is nowhere near when he was being called one of the top 10 players of all-time, but he is still the class clown who lives for attention.

If the hoops doesn't go so well but he gets another reality show, he seems like he might be OK with that.

Shaq vs. Modesty ... Shaq wins every time.

Last season gave us the Shrek (Davis)-Donkey (Nate Robinson) sideshow.

Big Baby could be muscled out.

Shaq and Robinson were talking about making a rap video, according to Paul Pierce. Considering Shaq's previous rap efforts, let's hope Robinson is another Lil Wayne.

If the Big Shamrocker and the Little Leprecon Artist doesn't work, Shaq could have a future as a Bond villain.

Sorry Yaphet Kotto, but Shaq was born to be Mr. Big. He also could apprise the Jaws role played by Richard Kiel, who is 71 years old.

No cracks about who is older or slower, Kiel or Shaq.

Kevin Garnett's shtick is made for Hollywood. The wild-eyed look and blood-curdling, pregame screams are the most compelling in sport this side of Ray Lewis.

The gossip columnists should be able to feast on Delonte West. There was the frightening incident last September when he was pulled over for speeding on a motorcycle while carrying two loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun in a guitar case.

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