When I think of a medical “procedure,” I think of surgery. I think of the doctor putting me to sleep and sticking some medical tools inside of me and fixing whatever is wrong. I think of hospital beds and long recovery time and casts.
But what does Jermaine O’Neal think about when he says “procedure”? This situation is getting a little bizarre. (Boston Herald)
“I don’t know what he means,” general manager Danny Ainge said. “He gets treatment on his knee, but a procedure? I don’t know anything about that. I don’t know what he’s referring to. I don’t know if he means he got a shot or something.”
Ahh, the type of procedure that leaves your own general manager saying he has no clue what you’re referring to. I get it! Wait… no, I don’t.
O’Neal said last night he didn’t want to get specific.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” he said. “Some guys milk it, but I just go out and play. If I’m out on the court, then I’m OK.”
“Some guys milk it, but I just go out and play”… and then I complain to the press about a “procedure” that may or may not have ever happened.
So what gives? Did O’Neal have a surgery without telling the Boston Celtics? Did he call a shot a “procedure”? Did he make the whole thing up to explain why he grabbed zero rebounds in 19 minutes against Chicago? Is Danny Ainge just having a little fun with reporters?
No matter what, this “procedure” thing has gotten pretty weird. But the great part about it is this: despite the procedure, Jermaine is like the Cal Ripken of basketball — a real iron man.