Monday, April 4th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  22 responses

Shaquille O’Neal Out Again With Strained Calf

With the Playoffs looming, Shaq’s return to the Celtics’ lineup lasted a whole of five and a half minutes. Now, he’s likely back on the Chillin’ List. From the Boston Herald: “After missing the previous 27 games with a sore right Achilles tendon, O’Neal was brilliant at first glance last night against the Detroit Pistons. But he left the game 49 seconds into the second quarter with a strained right calf (the team emphasized that it was the calf, not the Achilles tendon — but it’s hard to believe the previous problem and this one are not related). After limping off the court, O’Neal’s return was at first listed as ‘uncertain,’ but when he didn’t come out for the second half, it was announced he was out for the night. The Celts went on to win, 101-90. The latest injury occurred in rather mundane fashion. The C’s were coming back up the court after Jeff Green blocked a Jason Maxiell attempt. O’Neal crossed the top of the key in the backcourt and turned back as if he believed he’d stepped on something. Then he pulled up in obvious pain. O’Neal limped toward the exit at the far end of the court, bracing himself on the table at the end of the Celtic bench for a moment before continuing. Trainer Ed Lacerte followed him out, and they were joined just inside the tunnel by team physician Dr. Brian McKeon. O’Neal was hunched over in pain, but he was moved around the corner to avoid the gaze of those who could see down the entryway. Clearly angry, O’Neal knocked over a barrel as he was examined further. A wheelchair was brought for him, but O’Neal reportedly refused to use it to make the trip back to the trainer’s room. So ended a night that perhaps couldn’t have been better to that point — for O’Neal or the Celts.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Remember when this used to be big news?

  • Yesse

    Nothing is surprising anymore about this. It was still kind of sad to see that happening, because Shaq had some cool plays before he went down.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Shaq, we all love you, but I think this may be your last season. Your body just isn’t built for another year.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    The Big Injury

  • T-Money

    maaan, it sure look like the heel. the fact that he looked back like someone stepped on his foot kinda rules out a calf strain for me.

  • Washtub

    @Cheryl: What’s with the Hatorade?
    Of course this isn’t big news, dude is not the league’s premier player, but a basketball grandfather in his 19th season.
    I find it highly commendable that a guy of his size, the beatings he took over his career and the accolades he got is even trying.
    How many 350lbs guys do you know who played for 20 years and still contributed somewhat til the end?
    It’s a wonder he lasted this long, given his size and (non-)commitment to staying in shape. How many seasons does Yao have under his belt? Or Greg Oden, lol. And none of these guys got abused like Shaq in his heyday

  • 80

    Damn thats a bad news. Hope you will recuperate fast.

  • spit hot fiyah

    in other news: the sky is blue

  • greg

    ican think of a few ppl who care. MIAMI HEAT, CHICAGO BULLS, and ORLANDO MAGIC prolly didnt want to play a healthy shaq getting spoonfed easy buckets from rondo

  • Riggs

    he needs to lose some damn weight.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    I love Shaq but I wish he coulda worked on his weight and conditioning more over the years.
    As dominant as he was, he robbed himself of the chance to be even better.

  • jimmer

    He can’t do it any more. Of course Miami, Chicago and Orlando would be worried if Shaq was healthy, but that’s not even hypothetical, it’s just make believe. Like saying ‘I would have won that bet if my horse hadn’t gone down at the last hurdle’ even though you knew all along the horse was lame when you put the money down. I hope he makes it back for the playoffs and they win a title, otherwise he’s gonna keep coming back and begging for scraps. Shaq needs a clean cut off point to call it a day.

  • dsleepy

    damn you ainge…

  • way up north

    i haven’t seen anyone mention this, so i’ll throw it out there… why did ainge feel it was necessary to throw all his eggs in the o’neal duo’s basket by trading away all those pieces, to get jeff green who is at best only arguably better than perk (AND WE STILL NEED TO PAY HIM, which no one seems to mention either, probably for about the same $ as perk). My main problem with this trade was that the shane battier deal happened… we could’ve given houston far more than thabeet and a pick for the wing player that wouldve made the most sense for this team. I’m not even a huge fan of battier, but all they needed was a pierce backup, not a team shakeup, and to get rid of both erden and luke as well as perk was just stupid. Troy murphy seems washed up, kristic is hurt, shaq is hurt, jermaine is temporarily healthy…….. everyone was afraid of this team and now only celtic fans are scared by this team

  • Stainless

    all they need is sheed to come back and they’re good.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Didn’t see this one coming

  • roman

    Celtics really banking on this dude to make it through the playoffs-

  • Michael

    Love Shaq(No homo) but he is done.

  • ClydeSays

    It’s mild strain so he’ll be back. But I can’t see him giving the C’s more than 15mpg. Not sure how much that helps…

  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Thank God we got Troy Murphy or we’d really be screwed.

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    they will need him for the playoffs so hope he heals fast