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Monday, March 19th, 2012 at 6:47 pm  |  10 responses

Jermaine O’Neal to Undergo Season-Ending Wrist Surgery


Tough news out of Boston, as Celtics center Jermaine O’Neal will have season-ending surgery on his ailing left wrist. The Celtics formally announced today that O’Neal has a chronic degenerative wrist condition which worsened after a fall during Boston’s game against the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 20. No improvement was shown through immobilization and physical therapy, so the decision was made to proceed with surgery. The Boston Herald has the details: “The surgery will effectively end his season and likely his run with the Celts. O’Neal is in the final year of his contract with the team. Even before the development, the Celtics were in the market for a big man to help them in the stretch run of the season. O’Neal has played just 25 games this season, averaging 5.0 points per game and 5.4 rebounds. He played in 24 games last season, averaging 5.4 points and 3.7 rebounds.”

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  • jake

    RETIRE!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    this changes EVERYTHING.

  • J.O.E!

    He was playing this year?

  • Heals

    All jokes aside (and they’re warranted), JO has busted his a$$ to even try to play for the past season and a half. Despite the fact his knee and wrist (which have been awful since last year) are unreliable he was taking charges at an awesome rate. I know he was unable to score and rebound (that doesn’t leave much I know), but the C’s chose to give him 2 years so that’s on them. He did everything he could (getting surgery, delaying surgery, playing in severe pain, unconvenional rehab you name it he tried it) to try and contribute. Much love JO you grew up fast in Por and balled the uck out for the Pacers (almost won a chip)…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    he suited up for 25 games… i wouldn’t say he PLAYED in 25 though…

  • http://theinboundspass.tumblr.com David

    Turiaf?

  • Sparker

    NOW who’s everyone gonna dunk on?

  • ernieD

    You knew this wasn’t going to end well. Shaq, Sheed, JO = 3 guys at the ugly end of once great careers. That is totally on Danny. Granted: He probably didn’t have a lot of options, once other players signed elsewhere. Brad Miller, Marcus Camby, Ben Wallace, Chris Kaman and others could have filled the needs at Center, and would not/could not get signed, but the C’s ended up rolling the dice with players who were clearly DONE. Scot Pollard, anyone? Biggest mistake Danny has done is trying to get the big body at Center. Danny and Doc think like the back court guys they were.

  • ClydeSays

    Picking up Sheed then Shaq & O’Neal were just bad moves on Ainge’s part. All at the end of their careers, all injured. I realize they had limited money to play with, but just having healthy centers who defended & rebounded would have helped the C’s alot in the past few seasons.

  • Waggle

    Dammit O’Neal!

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