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ko8e24
02-28-2010, 11:08 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4953953

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Shaquille O'Neal's regular season could be over. Now the Cavaliers hope the center they acquired for the postseason will be back in time for the playoffs.

O'Neal will undergo surgery Monday to repair his injured right thumb. He was examined Sunday by Dr. Thomas Graham at the National Hand Center in Baltimore. Graham will perform the surgery.

The Cavaliers said they will update a timeline for his return following the procedure, but a typical recovery period is 6 to 8 weeks. There are seven weeks left in the regular season.

"I think we'll be all right," point guard Mo Williams said before learning O'Neal needed surgery. "We'll weather the storm while the big fella gets some rest."

The Cavaliers acquired O'Neal last summer with an eye toward the postseason, and more specifically Dwight Howard and Orlando after the Magic eliminated Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals. O'Neal has played well for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 12 points and 6.7 rebounds in 53 games.

More importantly, he has played a big role in the Cavaliers going 4-1 against the Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers, two teams Cleveland struggled against last season and two teams likely to block Cleveland's path to a championship.

O'Neal injured the thumb Thursday at Boston when his shot was blocked by Glen Davis with just over 7 minutes left in the first half.

Anderson Varejao will continue to start at center for the Cavs. Former backup Zydrunas Ilgauskas, traded to Washington for Antawn Jamison, is now a free agent following a buyout from the Wizards. Ilgauskas is free to sign with any team, but will have to wait until March 21 under NBA rules should he elect to re-sign with the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers are a more up-tempo team with O'Neal out of the lineup.

"With Shaq, you have to take advantage of his size and you have to go in the paint. He gets teams in foul trouble real easy," Williams said. "Without Shaq, it'll be more pick and rolls, more drive and kicks and more 3-point attempts. We'll spread the floor out and attack the rim in different ways."

O'Neal suffered a similar injury while playing with the Magic in 1995, when he missed the first 22 games of the season when he fractured the same thumb. Counting Monday's game against New York, the Cavaliers have 22 games left in the regular season.

Cleveland also recalled rookie Danny Green from Erie of the NBA Development League on Sunday. He was assigned to Erie on Feb. 24 and played in two games for the BayHawks.

Kakaroach
02-28-2010, 11:11 PM
So its more serious than we all thought. Should be interesting to see if they risk chemistry to include him in the rotation in the playoffs.

kArSoN RyDaH
02-28-2010, 11:11 PM
hahahahahahaha.. now lets seee if the cavs can hold down the east without their big man and big Z until march 22nd. wow... and if he doesnt come back till the playoffs? can they even handle orlando?

ChiSox219
02-28-2010, 11:12 PM
Meh, they don't really need him until the playoffs, he'll be even more fresh for when the Cavs face Orlando/LA/Denver

HoopsDrive
02-28-2010, 11:14 PM
Season changing if O'Neal isn't back in time for the Magic faceoff?

This is indeed interesting.

still1ballin
02-28-2010, 11:15 PM
I bet they can't wait for Big Z to come back now. All they have for bigs are Varajao and Hickson right?

JordansBulls
02-28-2010, 11:17 PM
Meh, they don't really need him until the playoffs, he'll be even more fresh for when the Cavs face Orlando/LA/Denver

Well they will be in trouble against Chicago or Boston

RaptorizedKevin
02-28-2010, 11:19 PM
WOW this sucks. trust me surgery takes time to heal. hopefully the cavs can stail for time, or hope the magic get knocked out. they need big z.

iggypop123
02-28-2010, 11:27 PM
how overweight will he be before he comes back?

Kingz4L
02-28-2010, 11:31 PM
how overweight will he be before he comes back?

haha...they dont even need him right now...orlando/lakers/dallas are the only teams they will need him for....but hopefully he dosnt slack off

ko8e24
02-28-2010, 11:34 PM
how overweight will he be before he comes back?

lol, he can still do running drills during practice and just eat properly

td0tsfinest
02-28-2010, 11:34 PM
So its even more crucial that the Cavs re-sign Big Z.

DQL
02-28-2010, 11:41 PM
Too bad for Shaq. He could end up being the best big man ever and top 3 best basketball player ever (along with 2 MJ's) if he could stay healthy, stay fit and had a better work ethic. The guy gets hurt too easily. Best wishes for him though

NY-SportsFan
02-28-2010, 11:47 PM
I love how so many people(not necessarily here) are saying "Shaq is soft for missing time for just a sprained finger".
Its amazing how people do not realize the medical definition of a sprain has different degrees and can be much more severe than a break. Most people use the term "sprain" everyday to describe any little minor tweak or strain that they hear the word sprain and think of it as nothing at all. Yes, a sprain medically can be a minor injury, but it can also mean a very severe injury.

kblo247
02-28-2010, 11:50 PM
Powe better be ready to step up and play 10-12 minutes behind Jamison with Andy playing center and Hickson backing him up

TheKing23
02-28-2010, 11:55 PM
Well they will be in trouble against Chicago or Boston

:laugh::laugh::laugh:

JB, I think you're starting to get delirious in your old age...

TheKing23
02-28-2010, 11:57 PM
It's no problem... We don't need him for the regular season.

We'll coast to the best record in the league without him, we'll get him back for the first round, get him back into the offense and ready for Orlando in the ECF's.

No cause for concern... We've been playing better without him and it gives Jamison, Hickson and Powe more minutes.

jmethlo
02-28-2010, 11:58 PM
More like the "Man of Plastic" then the "Man of Steel" if you ask me...

masalex1205
02-28-2010, 11:59 PM
how overweight will he be before he comes back?

thats what im thinking, how much more "fresh" is shaq going to be?

ko8e24
03-01-2010, 12:38 AM
More like the "Man of Plastic" then the "Man of Steel" if you ask me...

Quit hating on the Diesel little ignorant one.

RaptorizedKevin
03-01-2010, 12:40 AM
Quit hating on the Diesel little ignorant one.

if the cavs meet the lakers in the finals and the cavs win, im sure yu[ll be hating on the diesel too .LOL

ko8e24
03-01-2010, 01:37 AM
if the cavs meet the lakers in the finals and the cavs win, im sure yu[ll be hating on the diesel too .LOL

First of all, my Lakers are gonna repeat.

2nd, Shaq is coming back to the Lakers next season anyways to win 1 more ring before he hangs 'em up.


I will never forget the 3 titles that He and Kobe Bryant were responsible for. Those 3 finals MVPs and bring those titles with Kobe will always be close to every true Lakers fans heart.


And RaptorizedKevin, aren't you that genius who came up with that scholarly definition of a baby mama? :rolleyes:

KBfrom8to24
03-01-2010, 04:31 AM
No Shaq no problem for the Cavs. Why not? the refs will help them. I'm saying this, because LBJ got the most preferential treatment from the refs, among the superstars in the league. Whoever argue, check LBJ's number of fouls this season.

airraptor8
03-01-2010, 04:34 AM
As much as I don't like Shaq, I hope he comes back healthy from the playoffs. It'll be sad to see a Cavs team not at full power.

Chronz
03-01-2010, 04:54 AM
Hasnt this happened to Shaq before?

ko8e24
03-01-2010, 05:04 AM
Hasnt this happened to Shaq before?

No, I think you're thinking about his big toe injury back when he was with LA. And he wanted time off to heal "during company time"

Chronz
03-01-2010, 05:28 AM
No, I think you're thinking about his big toe injury back when he was with LA. And he wanted time off to heal "during company time"

No Id remember something that recent, Im talking like when I was a wee lad. I know he missed alot of games that one year in Orlando, anyone know why?

stawka
03-01-2010, 06:06 AM
No Shaq no problem for the Cavs. Why not? the refs will help them. I'm saying this, because LBJ got the most preferential treatment from the refs, among the superstars in the league. Whoever argue, check LBJ's number of fouls this season.

Dude STFU seriously!

If you're gonna post such ignorant **** like that, GTFO of this forum because there's enough clowns like you polluting a damn good forum with ignorant crap

KBfrom8to24
03-01-2010, 06:22 AM
Dude STFU seriously!

If you're gonna post such ignorant **** like that, GTFO of this forum because there's enough clowns like you polluting a damn good forum with ignorant crap

Stawka there's nothing wrong with my post. Why you can't accept the fact that LBJ, has the least number of fouls in the league this season? Just check LBJ's number of fouls, and you will find the real truth...

ko8e24
03-01-2010, 06:29 AM
Stawka and KBfrom8to24, please break it up. KBfrom8to24, stop baiting, and Stawka, stop overcussing.

ko8e24
03-01-2010, 06:34 AM
No Id remember something that recent, Im talking like when I was a wee lad. I know he missed alot of games that one year in Orlando, anyone know why?

Found it...


1995-1996 season, his 4th and final season with the Orlando Magic

"missed the team’s first 22 games of the season (Nov. 3-Dec. 13) with a fractured right thumb suffered in a preseason game against Miami on Oct. 24"

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/shaquille_oneal/bio.html

So ya, basically the same injury, and he was out of action for 6 wks.

stawka
03-01-2010, 06:34 AM
Stawka and KBfrom8to24, please break it up. KBfrom8to24, stop baiting, and Stawka, stop overcussing.

Don't Laker fans like yourself get fed up with these tools? Gives all of the "normal ones" a bad rep.

ko8e24
03-01-2010, 06:38 AM
Don't Laker fans like yourself get fed up with these tools? Gives all of the "normal ones" a bad rep.

Don't worry about it bro. For some of them, you have to just think that they're what I like to call "little kiddy laker fans", not that KBfrom8to24 is one, I don't know his posting tendencies to determine that yet, lol.

Sometimes, all you can do is ignore it.


It's all good bro :)

Aust
03-01-2010, 06:49 AM
No Shaq no problem for the Cavs. Why not? the refs will help them. I'm saying this, because LBJ got the most preferential treatment from the refs, among the superstars in the league. Whoever argue, check LBJ's number of fouls this season.

Seriously.......Glad someone brought it up
:worthy:

ko8e24
03-01-2010, 06:53 AM
Seriously.......Glad someone brought it up
:worthy:

Please bro, let's not make this worse. There's already been an exchange of words between Stawka and KBfrom8to24, you don't wanna get urself involved in all this

stawka
03-01-2010, 07:13 AM
I don't get into it with most posters, I just close the tab before I agitate myself. But the noobs frustrate me and pollute the forums. We already have cats like Armin who baits 24-7 with constant bs and gets away with it, we don't need more guys doing it. That's all I'm saying.

Knowing the mods around here, I'll get an "infraction" or whatever they wonna refer to it as before this clown ends up with one.

ko8e24
03-01-2010, 02:16 PM
So Shaq officially had this thumb surgery this morning, and it has officially been reported that it'll take 6-8 wks for it to heel.