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Your Morning Dump… Where Jermaine could miss a couple weeks

Chuck - Red's Army November 13, 2010 Uncategorized 6 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

So don't be surprised if the Celtics put the six-time all-star on the shelf for a couple of weeks.
Saturday's game against the Grizzlies will be the second straight game he will have missed due to a sore left knee that became so painful, he was unable to return to action in the second half of Boston's loss at Dallas.

"I am very competitive. I want to help this team. I came here for a reason," O'Neal said. "When you can't do it, it's frustrating. But again, it's a long season. I'm learning that more and more through the conversations with the guys; the guys have been super supportive about my situation."

Last week, O'Neal told CSNNE.com that he had recently underwent a "minor procedure" on the knee. He later revealed that he recently had an MRI test performed, but it's unclear if the MRI was the procedure he was speaking of with CSNNE.com.

When asked about the MRI results, O'Neal said the results showed "that I've played 15 years in this league and it's been rough."

The biggest problem O'Neal is having now is the swelling that doesn't seem to subside enough to where he's comfortable on the floor.

CSNNE

I'm not sure why there's so much confusion surrounding this injury. Jermaine recently sought the second opinion of doctors in Miami. I guess a mysterious minor injury is better than a conclusive serious injury. 

The remaining November schedule is fairly light: @Memphis, Washington, OKC, @Toronto, @Atlanta, New Jersey, Toronto, @Cleveland

As long as Shaq and Semih can contribute 35 minutes per game at the center position, the Celtics can bench Jermaine and not miss a beat.

One other roster note: Delonte West is eligible to play following tonight's game.

On Page 2, Doc Rivers says TA should have stayed.

“No,” Rivers said. “I don’t think so. I think he should have stayed.

“Our relationship was phenomenal, and he loved our players. Just sometimes you get into these contract negotiations and they become personal, and, you know, it happens.

“But I literally had him circled as being back. I assumed he would be back. But there’s nothing you can do about it now.”

There was nothing one of Allen’s now-former teammates could do about it then, either. Rajon Rondo [stats] wanted to talk Allen out of leaving – and he’s usually pretty good at applying pressure. But he never could get close enough to make a play.

“He didn’t answer,” Rondo said. “He declined all my calls. I tried to call him.

Herald – Rivers surprised TA left

As we pointed out earlier this week, TA isn't seeing much action in Memphis. I hope he gets some minutes tonight. It will be fun watching him guard Ray and/or Paul.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Little trouble for Big 3 | Grizzlies thumbnails | Herald – Attitude big part in success | ESPN Boston – Jermaine returns to Boston | Forsberg mail bag | CSNNE – Miami's Big 3 are missing something big | Foes to friends (Jermaine and Perk) |

So don't be surprised if the Celtics put the six-time all-star on the shelf for a couple of weeks.
Saturday's game against the Grizzlies will be the second straight game he will have missed due to a sore left knee that became so painful, he was unable to return to action in the second half of Boston's loss at Dallas.

"I am very competitive. I want to help this team. I came here for a reason," O'Neal said. "When you can't do it, it's frustrating. But again, it's a long season. I'm learning that more and more through the conversations with the guys; the guys have been super supportive about my situation."

Last week, O'Neal told CSNNE.com that he had recently underwent a "minor procedure" on the knee. He later revealed that he recently had an MRI test performed, but it's unclear if the MRI was the procedure he was speaking of with CSNNE.com.

When asked about the MRI results, O'Neal said the results showed "that I've played 15 years in this league and it's been rough."

The biggest problem O'Neal is having now is the swelling that doesn't seem to subside enough to where he's comfortable on the floor.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    I don’t like Tony Allen. I had already heard enough to make me think he was a total idiot… now that I hear he wouldn’t even answer Rondo’s calls solidifies it.
    I would like to see him play, though. I want to see what he can do against these guys. I also want to point and laugh at his 5 turnovers.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    Haha for once we can be happy when he dribbles it off his foot numerous times in one game.

  • J Atlas

    it’s amazing how karma comes back around…ta claims he wanted to step out for the big 3′s (now the big 4) shadow and become a star…but all i see is a bench player that gets no minutes on a terrible team…sometimes the money can’t be your only motivation…i’d take a championship contender over a playoff pretender any day

  • Mileke

    I Havent Liked TA Since He Decided To Leave, Not Only How He Decided To Leave, But The Way He Left, He Did A Sort Of Lebron James Thing… Cept He Didnt Do It On TV Which Is A Plus…. He Didnt Inform The Team, Rejected Calls, And Probally Still Not Keeping In Touch With Anybody On The Team, And Thats After All We’ve Done For Him, He’s Gotten A Ring, To The Finals Twice, Then He Just Leave Unprofessionally… We Dont Care That He Left, Its How He Left… Cause Trust Delonte West Will Fill That Hole Very Well… But Good Luck TA In Memphis, And Thanks For All You’ve Done In Boston… You Really Was The Best Defensive Stopper On Our Bench, But You Blew Layups… Anyway Lets Get The Win C’s !

  • Lee in Oregon

    Tony’s decision wasnt anything personal, it was professional. There was nothing unprofessional about it. He listened to his offers, and chose the one he liked best. I appreciate the passion of some of the comments here, but to trash the guy just for trying to get another year out of his mediocre career is ridiculous. To compare him to Lebron? What league are you watching where TA screwed over the entire city of Boston? Shit, they’re not even missing the guy.
    The good news for TA’s lost minutes? His turnovers are down!

  • Mileke

    I Admitted That We Dont Miss Him, But When We First Got Word,We Didnt Know What We Were Going To Do… Bein That We HAd No Money… And Im Not Trashing Him, Im Trashing The Decision,And No I Dont Like Tony Allen For That Reason, Do I Want Him To Do Well In Memphis Though? Of Course… But Theres Still A Way To Go About Things.. And He Never Once Listened To Our Representatives.. Didnt Nobody Know Where TA Was… We All Found Out From ESPN That He Would Be Signing A 3-year Deal With Memphis… && wtching The NBA, And When You Get A Ring With A Team, And Gain Upmost Respect From A Brilliant Franchise As Boston, Then We Deserve To Know What Your Decision Is Going To Be, Not Be Ignored.. Paul Pierce Was Hurt By This… Doc Was Hurt, Danny Was Hurt… And Rondo Tried To Get Him Back, But He Ignored… He Didnt Have To Come Back, But At Least Pick Up The Fone And Say Hey I Have A Better Deal Or Something… You Know? I Just Think He Shouldve Handled It Better… And If He Was In The Same Caliber As Lebron, That Would be A Outbreak Also, And We All Know It… So Yess I Compare That Decision To Lebron’s!!! And No BOSTON Not Goin Crazy About It, But Boston Isnt That Kind Of City Anyway