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Preseason Game #3 - Nets vs. Celtics - Thursday, October 7, 7:00

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There'll be two interesting homecomings Thursday night in Newark.

Shaquille O'Neal will return to his hometown when the Celtics comes to Newark to play the Nets. He'd like to see the Nets stay in Newark, but Mikhail Prokhorov says it's not happening.  He's all about Brooklyn. 

As for Shaq's offer to become the Newark Nets' GM, Prokhorov responded, "Regarding the gracious offer to become general manager, Shaq is always welcome to send his résumé to Billy King."  O'Neal grew up in Newark, leaving when he was 14. He still has family there. He'll be playing only his second game in Celtics' green.  Boston ran the 76ers out of a New Hampshire gym Wednesday in their preseason opener

It will also be Lawrence Frank's first game back in New Jersey since taking an assistant coaching job with the Celtics.  Also on the Celtic staff: Roy Rogers who left the Nets last month.

In keeping with Doc Rivers' philosophy, don't expect a lot from the Celtics' other Hall of Famers: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.  Boston's other O'Neal, Jermaine, is hurt.  As for the Nets, Devin Harris is a game time decision at point but Troy Murphy appears to be game away.  Asked why he didn't practice Wednesday, Harris, responded, “Timmy is what happened,” Harris said, jokingly referring to Tim Walsh, the Nets' trainer. “He overpowers all.”

The game will be broadcast on YES.