Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  10 responses

Jermaine O’Neal Plans to Continue Playing in Boston

If he can somehow keep his bones from completely disintegrating, J.O. wants to man the middle for the Celtics next season. From the Boston Herald: “Few players deliberate more over the pros and cons of surgery than Jermaine O’Neal, who after undergoing knee surgery last January has decided to take a more holistic approach with the torn ligament in his left wrist. O’Neal, who went through the playoffs with the wrist injury, has decided to forgo surgery in favor of rehabilitation, according to Danny Ainge. The Celtics president said yesterday that O’Neal, attempting to take advantage of the team’s resources before players are locked out on July 1, has been a regular at the workout facility in Waltham. ‘He has every intention of coming back,’ Ainge said of the only true center on his team’s roster. ‘He has every desire to play, and didn’t like the way it finished this year, and doesn’t want to end his career on that type of note. He wants to be a much greater contributor. He chose not to have surgery.’”

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  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    I like that he wants to play, but I say there’s no way he plays more than half the season with that body. Celtics need to get a big man either in the draft or make a trade or something.

  • queazy

    You forgot to put the quotation marks around the word “playing” in your title.

  • MikeC.

    @queazy – a more realistic title would be “Jermaine O’Neal Plans to Continue To Take up Roster Spot in Boston”.

  • toinefan88

    Glad to hear Big Jerm is on board!

  • Riggs

    hell no, celtics should dump his O’halfaseason ass.

  • ClydeSays

    At his age, you get the surgery, especially in the offseason & with a lockout looming. The idea that you can rehab back from an injury at age 35 is b.s.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Too bad he can’t play at the level that he used to.. We all know, there comes a time in every man’s life that J.O. loses its magic.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Playing like playing or playing like sitting on the bench?

  • http://google c_cantrell

    Bet the Beantown front office is really starting to regret trading Perkins right about now..

  • BostonBaller

    I hope JO makes everyone eat their words…lol.