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Reasonable expectations for Shaq?

Updated: August 30, 2010, 4:53 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

When you're Shaquille O'Neal, expectations will always be inflated.

There's simply no way around it. Even at 38 years old and with 18 NBA seasons under his belt, O'Neal is still viewed as the man who once fearlessly anointed himself, "the most dominant player ever."

There are some who still expect O'Neal to produce the 24.1 points and 11 rebounds per game that he's averaged during a Hall of Fame career that includes four world titles and 15 All-Star Game appearances.

But ...

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