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No sixth sense for Shaq

Dismissing his shot at Sixth Man Award, O'Neal says he just wants a championship

Updated: October 18, 2010, 6:19 PM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The tradition goes back more than a half-century. Red Auerbach pretty much originated the now-hallowed concept of a sixth man. It was a designation signifying devotion to the team and unselfishness, a 1950s-60s version of ubuntu, if you will. Frank Ramsey originated the role, which was then passed on to John Havlicek (or "Hondo"), who was the sixth man on a handful of Celtics title teams.

There was no logical successor in the 1970s, although Nate Archibald once anointed ...

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