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Boston's Shaquille O'Neal praises Clippers' Blake Griffin

The Celtics' star says he is not impressed with other players.

January 15, 2011
  • Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal is fouled by Kings center DeMarcus Cousins in the first half of a game Wednesday night at the TD Garden.
Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal is fouled by Kings center DeMarcus… (Mark L. Baer / US Presswire )

Word from on high

Boston's Shaquille O'Neal, after Indiana's Roy Hibbert scored 17 points against the Celtics:

"Blake Griffin is the truth. All these other guys, I'm not impressed."

View from top of backboard

Griffin, on Baron Davis, to Sports Radio Interviews:

"He's a blast to play with. He makes some passes that just kind of make you stand back and scratch your head."

TC

Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, comparing Tyson Chandler's impact to Kevin Garnett's in Boston:

"I don't think Ray Allen or Paul Pierce were great defenders before KG got there, but KG, with his energy and influence and high octane, kind of changed the whole mentality of the defense."

You noticed that?

Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut, via Twitter:

"Everyday I wake up and see 100 Tweets re Trade Rumours that dont happen. I think you should trade those anonymous sources."

Little big man

Boston's Rajon Rondo, small in stature, but not in attitude:

"These guys, you tell 'em stuff and they do the opposite."

Can't go home again

Sam Smith of Bulls.com, on the fearsome reputation of Memphis' Tony Allen, who punched out teammate O.J. Mayo:

"... Rarely have NBA players supposedly had hits placed on them from gangs as Allen did a few years back over a fight in Chicago."

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