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Shaquille O’Neal says his Celtics team would’ve beat the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade Heat if he was healthy

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 11: Shaquille O'Neal #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts during a game against the Miami Heat on November 11, 2010 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Although Shaquille O’Neal’s tenure with the Celtics was truncated due to injuries, he asserts that if he’d stayed healthy they would’ve made the Finals. Furthermore, the Hall of Famer said that he “would have f***ed LeBron and D-Wade up in the playoffs.”

In an interview with Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney, O’Neal got candid about his time in Boston. Particularly, he lamented his struggles with injuries. He posited that with him healthy, they would’ve at least had a Finals berth. Additionally, he wished Danny Ainge kept Kendrick Perkins because they were poised for a deep playoff run. Ainge was the president of basketball operations for the Celtics at the time.

“I always think that if I wouldn’t have got hurt, we could have at least made it to The Finals,” O’Neal said. “I always say that; I wish Danny didn’t trade Perk that year, because, I mean, we were like No. 1 throughout the whole year.”

Shaq ‘would have f***ed LeBron and D-Wade up in the playoffs’

BOSTON - OCTOBER 26: Shaquille O'Neal #36 of the Boston Celtics shoots a free throw during the season opening game against the Miami Heat on October 26, 2010 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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When asked about how his iteration of the Celtics would have fared against the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-led Heat, he says they would’ve felt his presence. Specifically, he “would have f***ed LeBron and D-Wade up in the playoffs.” This is because O’Neal was a role player. He wanted to embody an enforcer in Boston and James and Wade would’ve realized that.

“I was just a role player then, but if we’d have made it to this thing, I would have f***** LeBron and D-Wade up in the playoffs,” O’Neal added. “I promise I would have. That would have been my role. Like, as soon as they come to the hole, touch ’em up.”

O’Neal’s last season with the Celtics was in 2010-2011. They were eliminated in the second round by the Heat but the now-pundit was sidelined due to injury. Furthermore, that was O’Neal’s last season in the NBA.