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Shaquille O’Neal now out “indefinitely”

Mar 6, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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Shaquille O’Neal will be back in the Celtics lineup… sometime.

Just as he was about to return from a right Achilles tendon injury, now he is having right foot soreness. Basically, the Celtics have stopped trying to guess when he will be back, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England.

“He (O’Neal) worked out with us the other day,” Rivers said. “Some of the pain returned.”

Rivers spoke with Ed Lacerte, the team’s head trainer.

“Eddie just said don’t expect him anytime soon,” Rivers said.

Boston has a three-game lead over the Bulls in the Eastern Conference, a lead that they likely will be able to hold on to, even if the lack of Shaq makes it more difficult.

The pressure really comes in the second round of the playoffs and beyond. That is when the games get hard and the Celtics will need Shaq to be a presence, particularly on the defensive end. They need him to control the paint and rebound. They need him to score some.

So the Celtics remain conservative and will rest him, because they don’t need him this week. But will they be able to count on him in May? All these setbacks have to create some doubts.

  1. tstreet - Mar 7, 2011 at 6:44 AM

    You went from my Lakers and eventually to the Celtics. That is worse than Benedict Arnold.

    Shaq! Annouce your retirement! Let everyone know that next year will be your last. That way you can get a send off like Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

    • taipan70 - Mar 7, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      Highly doubt hell get the send off, like Kareem. Kareem has always been beloved by many, especially in Lakerland. Shaq on the other hand has too many detractors and critics, like below.

  2. hnirobert3 - Mar 7, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    It’s hard to stay healthy when you’re that large (not a fat joke). The wear and tear his body would go through, even without having a long basketball career, who have given him serious chronic problems in his 40’s. I’m surprised he’s been able to play as long as he has.

  3. jrmcool20 - Mar 7, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    look the celtics never really planned on shaq playing very much at all during the regular season this was moslly all planned and was known from the get go ,, the celts have enough bigs since getting kristic justa last nite 17 pts 5 rbs in 28 mins ,, they will let shaq work out lightly and stay in shape till the playoffs then shaq will contribute to the team weather he has little aches and pains or not ok lol im sure he always has aches and pains regardless at his age i know i do but i still go to work and workout everyday !!! as long as the celts have shaq for the playoffs thats all they are counting on from the get go with shaq ,, the celtics have mostly under 500 teams the rest of season so why bring shaq back now !!! also j oneal will be back before shaq anyway so NO RUSH FOR SHAQ PEOPLE !!!! they been beating everone out there all year without shaq , perk , joneal ok now atleast they have a center that can play everthing else they get is ALL GRAVEY !!!!!! go celtics # 1

  4. gqrlh - Mar 7, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    With age catching up with you, not staying in shape in the off season, and being over weight, will affect you. I think it’s time for the big fella to retire, he has had a great career in the NBA, we will see him in the basketball hall of fame!

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