For those concerned about how Jermaine O'Neal played in the playoffs last year, this might be a good excuse why.
O'Neal said he got kicked in the left ankle with three games left in the regular season but played in the playoffs despite being injured. "To me, when you suit up and you go out there, you're telling your team and your followers that you're ready to play," he said. "Whatever excuses you have should be kept in the locker room. So I chose not to talk about it, because it didn't really matter. I still felt like I could go out there and help the team, and unfortunately, I couldn't do it."
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