|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 3, 2012 at 2:20 AM|
"It’s not an injury. I got here with intentions of playing and [team trainer] Ed Lacerte went through the regular routine of my pregame [workout] and I was still sore," O'Neal said. "He preferred for me not to play. I came to the arena with thoughts and intentions that I was playing, but he had a conversation with [coach] Doc [Rivers] and sometimes players get trumped.
"It’s not a hamstring pull or anything like that. In fact, I’ll be ready to go come Wednesday."
O'Neal later called Lacerte one of the "best athletic trainers in the business" and stressed that the team made the decision based almost exclusively on the schedule.
"That’s exactly what it was. We're playing every other day for the next week and a half," O'Neal said. "I wanted to fight it, but I couldn’t fight it. [The training staff] said, 'Just wait, get ready for Wednesday’s game.'"
I'm glad he didn't play,and I had a feeling he wasn't. The Celtics needed to find out how Greg would react to the starting unit. It worked out for one game,and at least the CELTICS know it could be an option down the road. JO has some life left,and by not playing him last night the CELTICS may have saved him for the long road.