If you’re looking for a great place in Boston to people watch and see some strange street performers, you would be hard pressed to find a better place than Harvard Square. The Square, however, is about to be graced by the one of the most dominant basketball players of all time.
While promoting his All-Star Comedy Jam at the Wilbur Theatre last weekend on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich Show, the newest member of the Boston Celtics, Shaquille O’Neal announced that he would be trying his hand at performance art by acting as a statue for an hour on a bench.
Choosing to go by his newest nickname, “Shamrock,” Shaq told the duo that he would be tweeting the details soon, but that he would be heading to Harvard Square for an hour and sitting on a bench acting like a statue. He invited fans to come down and get a picture, but did mention that he would not be having an conversation because “I’m a statue.”
Toucher and Rich asked about whether fans would be allowed to put their arm around him or put their kids in his lap, to which Shaq replied, “Of course, I’m a statue.”
This is going to be amazing and I encourage every Celtics fan to follow him on twitter for the details.
Say what you want about Shaq, you can’t deny his skills as a self promoter. He was one of the first major celebrities to take to twitter, has had an impact, for better or worse, in music and movies (I don’t care what anyone says, I love him in “Blue Chips”) as well as a number of television appearances (he was great on SNL) and his own show, “Shaq Verse.”
Would any other Hall of Fame athlete do something like this? Can you imagine Larry Bird doing a puppet show in Government Center or Bill Russell inviting thousands of fans to a bar for free dinner? Shaq’s twitter even advertises “VERY QUOTATIOUS, I PERFORM RANDOM ACTS OF SHAQNESS”
I am a big fan of the Shaq signing and this just makes me more excited. I can’t wait to see how this turns out and what else he has planned for Celtic’s fans and his twitter followers.