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Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Posted on: March 7, 2011 9:51 am
Edited on: March 7, 2011 1:36 pm
Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Posted by Ben Golliver. shaq-asw

Update: The Boston Globe reports on Monday that O'Neal will miss at least a week.
Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, plagued by various nagging injuries, has played in just 36 games this season and hasn't made an appearance since February 1. reports that O'Neals absence will continue indefinitely due to "right foot soreness."  
The Celtics have no idea when the 7-foot-1 center, who turned 39 years old Sunday, will return to action. When asked about O'Neal and a likely return date, coach Doc Rivers acknowledged he had no idea. "[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.
The Celtics haven't missed a beat in O'Neal's absence, or anyone else's for that matter. Boston has seen virtually every member of its rotation miss time due to injury this season - and they recently traded starting center Kendrick Perkins - but it hasn't impacted their ability to roll through the regular season. 

Without O'Neal, the Celtics have played more small ball as they work to integrate center Nenad Krstic (acquired for Perkins) and free agent big man Troy Murphy, who was signed to bolster their frontcourt depth. As of Monday, the Celtics sat atop the Eastern Conference with a sparkling 46-15 record.

O'Neals numbers have taken a big hit this year - he's averaging 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 20.7 minutes - and the end is fast approaching. At this point of the season and at this juncture of the 39 year old O'Neal's career, it's naive to maintain hope that he will be in tip top shape come playoff time. With that said, his raw size and ability to give fouls against guys like Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and Andrew Bynum would be a huge asset for Rivers. But Boston's roster is as asset-rich as any in the league, even with a sidelined Shaq. 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:36 am

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Watching Boston play yesterday, the trade makes more and more sense. Green is a very good, versitile player and Kristic does a good job inside. What he lacks in Perkin's aggressiveness, he makes up for with hard work and a nice mid range game. The Celts look ready to make a run with or without Shaq and Jermaine. Although with these two guys, there are REALLY deep up front. Without them, winning it all will be tougher.

Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:15 am

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Don't know how true this is, but the word from the boston media is they are resting his legs for the playoffs.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:03 am

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Just another example of an ageing "one time star" tha can't give it up and retire.  When and if he comes back, and the Celtics don't need hom and never should have wasted a roster spot in signing him, all he'll do is plug up the middle.  SUre he may have a few dunks, but that's about it.  He'll hang in there this year just in case they win a ring but retirement is in the future, and it's not a far off future.  The only unfortunate thing about retirement is he'll more than likely get hired on by ESPN and we'll have to listed to his stupid comments, I'd rather see him sitting on the bench in street clothes.

Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:33 am

Shaquille O'Neal out indefinitely with sore foot

Really? What did he do? Stub his toe getting out of bed! I hope the Celtics aren't counting on this guy for anything the rest of the season! Cuz they won't get much beside's a long list of injuries!!

He should just hang it up!

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