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Suns’ Jermaine O’Neal says he had irregular heartbeat, will rejoin team

Jan 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Jermaine O'Neal AP

When reports surfaced that Suns’ big man Jermaine O’Neal got in a shouting match with GM Lance Banks, then he wasn’t around the team, conclusions were jumped to. Conclusions O’Neal denied on twitter.

Now we know why O’Neal was away — and he’s lucky it was discovered and did not become anything more serious.

From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

Glad to hear he is healthy.

The Suns could use him back, O’Neal had averaged 15.6 minutes a game on the season and 6.4 points a game. However in recent weeks his minutes were starting to dip. We’ll see how new coach Lindsay Hunter wants to use him. Or if he gets moved — as a big on a one-year contract there will be trade interest.

But it will be good to just see him back on the court and healthy. That could have been serious.

  1. dexterismyhero - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    lazy and no guts………………

    • cinnalocks - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      @ dexterismyhero……senseless and no brains @ you. O’Neal entered the league as a teen in 1996. He is 6′ 11″ tall and weighs around 260 pounds. He has been playing with grown experienced men in the paint since he was 18. Sixteen years! 16 years!! So Name one other than Tim Duncan who has been able to last? Greg Oden. Sam Bowie. Andrew Bynum, Brandon Roy and he is a guard. The legs go. The body is aging naturally, this sport beats it up in a hurry.

      It is a game of running, cutting and jumping on a hard surface. The shoulders are issues from other bigs landing on them and then the wrist and hands from all the beating from everyone on the court attempting to steal the ball or block your shot. Not to mention the falls, twisted ankles, pulled muscles and other illnesses and just getting older.

      You do the same things athletically that you did twenty years later and then we can talk….you will not be so fast to call anyone lazy or without guts. It is one thing to be willing. It is quite another to be able.

  2. money2long - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    it’s crazy how we can’t fully control, nor perfectly project all the things that the human body can go through. irregular heartbeats? blood clots? mental health? during athletes’ playing days, guys that find ways not to miss games have to count themselves lucky. no one should take their good health for granted. some guys aren’t as fortunate.

  3. badintent - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Reggie williams didn’t take his meds and paid the price. so did Hank Gather. This is nothing to screw with. Am surpised that the team doctor let him back so son. There should be a league rule that an independent doctor be brought in for a second opinion on heart matters.

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