In an appearance on the Dale and Holley show on WEEI, Jermaine O'Neal explained that he and the team are discussing surgery as a possible option.

"We had a meeting this morning to decide 'what may or may not have to be done' to fix this knee problem," said O'neal, while adding that surgery was something they had talked about before and may now be considering.

O'Neal has appeared in 17 of 38 games for the Celtics this year, averaging 5.2 points and 3.80 rebounds per game. After missing most of November and December with a knee injury, O'Neal returned Christmas Day against Orlando and played the next 10 games. However, he was a late scratch in last night's game with more swelling in his knee.

"I’m concerned," said Rivers before Wednesday's game. "Listen, he’s gone two weeks now and a practice, and his knee swelled up. First off, it has to be extremely frustrating for him. He worked his butt off to get back and he’s playing well. Secondly, we all have common sense and that’s the concern: Why is this happening? We have to figure that out."

The Celtics are low on big men with injuries to Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins and now Jermaine O'Neal. Semih Erden and Luke Harangody look to continue to get extended minutes with O'Neal's absence.

Michael Saver 1/13/2011 01:00:00 PM Edit
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  1. DH says:

    I wonder if this will spark more discussion about bringing back Sheed... lol. I can't wait until Perk is back, we could really use him.

  2. mrkC says:

    ok lets get sheed to..

    if we get sheed.. we need to waive another player for sheed to makes on the roster?

  3. Anonymous says:

    It's too bad. It looks like Jermaine is done like dinner.

  4. Anonymous says:

    If Sheed comes in, someone needs to be waived or traded to open a roster spot. Since a buyout = $$, a "trade" for nothing is more likely.

    But no one will take JO.

    So some other player-- probably a young one who the C's could use in the future-- will leave to make room.

    It's really, really hard to like JO.

  5. Jenda says:

    Shush! I don't want to hear any more of that 'Sheed coming back crap. Even if JO is not exactly likable, if Doc says he has a swolen knee, the guy has to have a swolen knee. Therefore it's not a 'Sheed-like lack of effort, it's a questionable injury.

  6. I'm not surprised. I figured they'd get around to it because they have put him on the shelf several times and it does fine only to have it swell back up when he gets playing again. Something in there is causing this and surgery may be the best option right now to figure out what it is. If they do it now, he should be ready by the playoffs. If they keep putting it off, we'll probably have the same problems over and over. I still think JO can help the team if only he can get healthy.

  7. Banner 18 says:

    well, if he needs surgery then im all for it.
    His knees issues have been a problem all season, so surgery should help it and make it all better come Playoff time. (when EVERYBODY NEEDS to be HEALTHY)

    And we dont need Sheed, people..we have two impressive rooks coming off the bench and they play hard no matter how many minutes they play.

  8. Three Toe says:

    Saw this coming from 9 miles away. good player, but i've been saying from the beginning that we are basically signing an empty seat on the bench with all this guy's injuries. i feel bad for the guy, but it wasn't a good move on the C's part.

  9. Is anyone surprised at this? Look, it's not JO's fault he's injury prone. At the same time the guy will never be consistently healthy for the rest of his career. THis is a fact and the sooner we realize this and stop giving ourselves false hope the better.

  10. Jenda says:

    And it took a while for it to walk the 9 miles, Three toe. With that swolen knee and all. lol

  11. Not a JO fan really. He's incapable of staying healthy, and I have serious doubts about his toughness. Saying that, this will give more minutes to Luke and Semih who both can be contributors in limited roles down the road.

    I also move for giving Shaq three months paid vacation, that way he won't get a serious injury in a somewhat meaningless game. It's all about being healthy when it matters.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Need for sheed?

  13. Three Toe says:

    JO's got a fever, and the only prescription, is MORE SHEED.

  14. JR says:

    Lol Three Toe. 1 O'Neal down. If Shaq goes down to I could see them actually resigning TLC. I agree with Stephen's Shaq vacation plan.

  15. at 5'8 and a 3 inch verticle I'd also like to offer my services off the bench.

  16. Tim says:

    Will he ever stay healthy? And I would love Sheed back because of his playoff performances which were amazing. And JO had an awful performance against the Celtics last year against Perk but I don't think anyone could have player to their standard against Perk if you can remember what he did to Dwight. All i'm saying is if JO can't stay healthy its time call up Sheed because that 3 ball can be an X Factor.

  17. Anonymous says:

    this is the kind of situation where you talk to your players and ask them. "Do we do what we did last year and sacrifice games to be healthy come playoffs or do we do what's possible for us to be #1 seed in the East, and find help with Sheed". Listen ppl Luke and Semih are good players i give you that much but they wont always stay consistent, there are going to be games where not even energy will give you points defense, etc. and we've seen that no disrespect on the players ofcourse. even if JO gets rest until playoffs what are the chances of him contributing to his role. We can't risk it ppl i know you all want sheed back but hate to cut a guy off thats worked his butt off/ But there are times where you gotta make all the sacrifices work out. I know as much we hate the thought of letting one of our guys go. But the thought of Miami or Orlando taking the first seed its more FRUSTRATING. Bringing back Rasheed could very well help us

  18. Bohemian says:

    This is getting interesting, unfortunately not in the right direction. With KG and JO out, now Semih too...we only have Shaq and Baby. We all know Shaq is hurt (that explains his numbers lately) and that Baby is not really playing as a big right now. We need help...and Doc is trying to play Marquis at the 4...

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  20. Anonymous says:

    lol bring back sheed ! J o'neal hasnt done much so i say bring him back. lets hear it sheed for threeeee ! HA

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