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Pierce likes O’Neal’s presence

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Paul Pierce is eager to help Shaquille O’Neal catch up to Kobe Bryant.
Pierce enthusiastically endorsed the Boston Celtics’ decision to sign O’Neal after Pierce’s No. 34 jersey was retired at Inglewood High School on Tuesday.
Boston owner Wyc Grousbeck said the Celtics decided to pursue O’Neal after Bryant’s playful remark after the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 7 victory over Boston last June in the NBA finals. Bryant laughed about having one more championship ring than O’Neal, his former teammate with the Lakers.
“I’m not at all surprised by it ...


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