The Boston Celtics officially signed Jermaine O'Neal on Wednesday.
"When the opportunity arose for me to join an organization like the Celtics, I could not refuse," said the 6-foot-11, 255-pound center. "I cannot wait to get to Boston and start to practice with the rest of the team in pursuit of a championship."
O'Neal says he's hungry for a ring and knows the Big Three and the remaining core from the 2008 title team are hungry for another, so that's why he chose Boston over other suitors.
"When he comes back, it's his position to have," O'Neal said. "I'm just here to do my job. I'm not trying to step on anybody's feet. I'm not trying to do anything to cause any issues. I'm here to win. That's just really what it boils down to.
"I probably wouldn't have wanted to back up anybody. But this situation is proven, and why come in and try to mess up something that's already proven?"
He, together with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, were the latest about Celtics free agency bonanza. Seems good enough roster to chase NBA Title, too early I guess.