Basketball

Hey, doesn't that statue look awfully familiar?

It started with a simple tweet.

Boston Celtics big man Shaquille O’Neal sent a tweet to followers Thursday afternoon that he was headed to Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., to pose silently for photographs. He had promised the stunt two weeks ago on Boston sports radio station WBZ-FM without specifying a time.

For more than an hour, the 38-year-old NBA veteran posed as a statue while dozens of curious onlookers took pictures of him just off the campus of Harvard University.

Shaq said nothing, but witnesses say he did smile at some fans’ comments.

Afterward, Shaq tweeted a “thank you” to those who showed up.

WEBSTER’S BACK HURTS

The Minnesota Timberwolves said there is more concern over swingman Martell Webster’s back injury after things didn’t improve in the last day or two.

The team said Webster, out of Seattle Prep, had an MRI and they are awaiting the results of a second opinion before they make a prognosis.

FASTBREAKS

The Bobcats waived forward Darius Miles, a former No. 3 overall pick who was trying to make a comeback after being out of the NBA last season. The Heat’s Mike Miller injured his thumb when it got caught in the jersey of a teammate at practice and he’s expected to be sidelined for several weeks. The Phoenix Suns have picked up the fourth-year option for 7-footer Robin Lopez, keeping the center under contract through the 2011-12 season. The Philadelphia 76ers have exercised their third-year option on guard Jrue Holiday and the fourth-year option on forward Marreese Speights, putting both players under contract through the 2011-12 season.

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