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Jermaine O’Neal to undergo season-ending wrist surgery

Mar 19, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

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From the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett:

Jermaine O’Neal will have season-ending surgery on his left wrist.

The 33-year old Boston Celtics center was once considered one of the game’s best big men, but O’Neal, who was drafted out of high school, aged quickly, and has not been a truly effective center for some time, although he has been able to provide size and decent defense in spot minutes over the last few seasons.

This season, O’Neal has averaged just 5 poins per game on 43.3% shooting, but was still thought of as a potentially attractive post-deadline buyout candidate for a team that needed a backup center, namely the Miami Heat. However, the chances of O’Neal actually being bought out were slim to none, and this will officially keep his name out of any further buyout speculation.

  1. phx1311 - Mar 19, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Another celtic down wow !!!

  2. jjordannba - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Celtics need to buy him and Wilcox out and get Hickson and Turiaf

  3. glink123 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    ‘roids and HGH… ain’t they a biotch?

  4. lucidsportsfan - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    This isn’t really much of a surprise, but it does mean that Garnett id the Celtics starting center from here on out. I for one, think that’s a good thing.

  5. metalhead65 - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    it is amazing that this guy has been getting huge contracts since his pacer days. what has he done besides get injured since he signed his first big contract with the pacers?

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