It's hard to know exactly when it happened, but at some point, the Orlando Magic knew that the Dwight Howard era had come to an end, and a full-scale rebuild was at hand.
Magic CEO Alex Martins says he met with center Dwight Howard and is still holding out hope that the franchise will be able keep him.
For most of the last three months, Doc Rivers has relayed optimistic reports on Shaquille O'Neal's recovery from a "minor" injury to his right calf.
Rajon Rondo had a triple-double with 11 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 85-82 on Sunday, with the defending Eastern Conference champions clinching the season series against their top pursuer.
The Boston fans needed just 45 minutes to pronounce their verdict on the NBA's alleged new superteam: "Over-rated!"
When Shaquille O'Neal was much, much younger and a good deal smaller, too, he chose as a role model one of the most successful big men in NBA history.
Nate Robinson joined the Boston Celtics at the trade deadline last season and didn't really do much until the playoffs.