When Shaq first injured himself, the injury was considered day-to-day. Two weeks later, the prognosis keeps getting worse, because Shaq’s injury simply won’t heal.
The other day, he showed up to the Celtics-Heat game… wearing a walking boot. The story gets worse. Shaq won’t play again before the All-Star break, and could miss the entire four-game Western Conference road trip after the break. (ESPN Boston)
“Shaq, honestly, it’s just not healing right now,” said Rivers. “We’re hoping after the [All-Star] break at some point, obviously. When he first injured it we all thought it was a one- or two-game thing, and now it’s been longer, and now it’s getting to the point where we’re not sure if he’ll play on the west coast trip or not. We’re hoping he will. Right now we think he will, maybe not every game, maybe we play him every other game, but if we had to play today, I don’t know if Shaq could play today.”
If Shaq keeps experiencing setbacks, I’m going to have to start calling him Jermaine. Speaking of the other injured O’Neal, the real Jermaine’s doing alright, all things considered.
“He’s doing great, honestly,” said Rivers. “I think he feels really happy that he did the surgery. You can tell it’s a race with him, because he wants to get back so he can try to help us.”
If it’s really a race, Jermaine’s obviously the turtle. Maybe a drunken turtle, because his progress (can I call it progress?) is slow, but not so steady.
Marquis Daniels will also take a while to return (if he can return this season). Doc Rivers has twice told reporters that Daniels will be out for awhile.
“They’re going to do an evaluation and then they’re going to have to make a decision on where they go from there,” said Rivers. “Guys, ‘Quis is not going to be back anytime soon.”