The right Achilles tendon injury that O'Neal suffered last month is healing fine, but now he's once again bothered by some right foot soreness.
Now it's to the point where the Celtics have no idea when the 7-foot-1 center who turned 39 years old today, will return to action.
When asked about O'Neal and a likely return date, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers acknowledged he had no idea.
"He (O'Neal) worked out with us the other day," Rivers said. "Some of the pain returned."
Rivers spoke with Ed Lacerte, the team's head trainer.
"Eddie just said don't expect him anytime soon," Rivers said.
More bad news on the Shaquille O'Neal front. Many assumed that part of the reason Kendrick Perkins was traded away is because the Celtics were content with the progress of Shaquille O'Neal and felt like he could carry the load the rest of the way and into the playoffs once he returned. The only problem is nobody knows when (if?) that will happen.
Right now the C's are ok with who they have at the 5, but they will definitely need Shaq for the playoffs. I don't think anybody wants to rush him back at this point, but it is a bit alarming that he just cant seem to get right, especially with how Ed Lacerte put it.
Blakely also reports that Jermaine O'Neal is making progress but there's no timetable set for his return either.
It is probably safe to assume that the goal now is to get both O'Neals back before the playoffs begin and get some sort of rotation together. All we can hope for is that once they do return, they can contribute on a consistent basis.
Which O'Neal will be back playing first?
Shaq (522 votes)
Jermaine (134 votes)
neither, both are done (235 votes)
891 total votes