Jermaine O’Neal missed the sixth game of the Boston Celtics’ season to rest a sore hamstring, but he swears it’s not an injury. (WEEI)
“No, not it’s not an injury,” O’Neal said. “I got here with the intentions on playing. Ed Lacerte went through the regular routine of our pregame [stretching]. It’s still sore. It’s been sore the last three days. He just thought that just based off our schedule, he’d prefer for me not to play.
“I came to the arena with the thought process that I was playing. He had a conversation with Doc and sometimes players get trumped with whatever decision they have. It’s not a hamstring pull or anything like that. And the fact of the matter [is] I’ll be ready to go come Wednesday.”
O’Neal’s hamstring is still sore. It’s been sore the last three days. The Celtics training staff decided it was hurt enough to keep him out of the Wizards game last night. He already missed a game and it’s just the second week of the season. But phew. At least it’s not an injury.