Jermaine O’Neal met with team officials last night and has decided to put off surgery on his injured knee. Said team president Danny Ainge: “This is a good option, I think he feels like if he gets himself in better shape, and [gets] the strength, then he’ll be ready to give us an effort that we haven’t seen this year out of him.’’
The move makes sense, O’Neal is not dealing with any ligament or cartilage damage and the surgery was defined as a “cleaning out process” by Ainge. With that being said, putting it off until after the season and giving rest a shot has the most upside. There is no guarantee that this will work, only time will tell.
The plan is for O’Neal to sit for four weeks and work on strengthening his knee and the surrounding muscles.
The Celtics are deep enough at the moment to get by without him, but could really use his services later in the season and into the playoffs. With the reemergence of Shaquille O’Neal and the upcoming return or Kendrick Perkins, the Celtics have one of the deeper front courts in all the league.