“We actually had a little evaluation this morning about something that may or may not have to be done,” said O’Neal. “Just to put a couple of scenarios behind me.”
That something is surgery, a course of action O’Neal and the Celtics have contemplated from the early part of the season.
“Yeah, that was definitely something we talked about the first time I was out for the extended period of time,” said O’Neal. “We wanted to try a couple of options and we may be looking at that situation now.”
O’Neal went on to note that it was possible he’d not have surgery until the end of the season but indicated he’d be speaking with doctors later today, after which he and the Celtics would reach a decision on how best to proceed.
“You don’t want to miss an extended period of time. I already did that. So, you make your decisions as a player. You listen to the staff, and if they have a certain way, then you try that. And if that doesn’t work, you’ve got to go with the next best scenario.”
The Celtics’ PF/C has played in only 16 games this season, averaging 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game.