UPDATE, 2:34 p.m. –”He’s going to try to [get on the court Thursday],” Rivers told reporters. “I just don’t see it. I’m just going to be a real doctor right now and say I doubt it. He’s going to try to do something [Thursday] and we’ll see.
“He’s had some improvement, but I don’t know how much. I’m just going by what [team trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] and [team physician Dr. Brian] McKeon tell me. They thought he’s had some improvement.”
At times like these, I wish the Celtics had always been forthcoming about injuries. Alas, after an earlier report Shaq might be done for the year and Doc’s subsequent optimism (of sorts), we’re right back where we were before: when we see Shaq playing, we’ll believe it. Until then, regard every report, update and rumor with skepticism.