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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Warriors' Jermaine O'Neal to undergo surgery Friday

By on 12/12/2013 08:24:00 PM

The Golden State Warriors have announced that backup center Jermaine O'Neal will undergo right wrist surgery Friday morning, according to a tweet by Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.
The arthroscopic surgery will repair a torn ligament in the right wrist that O'Neal sustained four weeks ago. The 35-year-old saw a specialist Thursday in hopes to avoid surgery, but the outcome of his visit was the opposite. As he is unable to grip a basketball with his shooting hand, his offensive game has suffered. The injury has become so severe, everyday tasks, such as holding a TV remote or driving are painful, according to Carl Steward of San Jose Mercury News.
"I can't even pull a sheet over me without feeling it," he told this newspaper. "I've never been stabbed, but it feels like a deep stab."
One option would be to put O'Neal in a protective cast to immobilize the wrist, possibly allowing the center to return later this season, but decided the best course of action was to operate.
O'Neal was one of three centers the Warriors have lost to surgery, the other two being Ognjen Kuzmic and Festus Ezeli. Marcus Thompson also tweets that the timetable for O'Neal is currently undetermined, as with most surgical procedures.
At the moment, the Warriors are shorthanded at the center position with Andrew Bogut, Hilton Armstrong, and Marreese Speights left to split the time in the middle. Coach Mark Jackson will have his work cut out for him with two forwards shifting to the paint. O'Neal was averaging 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in his 17th season. He played in 17 games this year averaging 18.6 minutes per game. He had a career average of 13.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. He has played in five All-Star games and 90 postseason games over his career.


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