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Shaq joins Celtics but draws the line at Boston accents

Shaquille O'Neal wore the right clothes -- a natty suit with a bowtie -- for his introduction as the newest member of the Boston Celtics. He said the right words -- he spoke of the Celtics' "rich tradition of winning" and the reality that his career is in its waning years.

"I know a lot about the Celtics," O'Neal, 38, said. "I know they sacrifice and play well together. The way I look at it is I have 730 days left in this game. I want to play together and play to win."

There's just one leeetle thing: he threatens to ground his kids if they start speaking like Bostonians.

He admits, though, that grounding is different around the O'Neal house: "That just means they have to go make me a sandwich."

By Cindy Boren  |  August 10, 2010; 11:27 AM ET
Categories:  NBA  
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