The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy reports in today's edition that Jermaine O'Neal will need surgery on his left wrist. Danny Ainge went on to call it "some serious surgery..". Jermaine injured the wrist during Game 1 of Boston's 1st-round sweep of the New York Knicks.
The part of this story that intrigues me most is that this means J.O. played 95% of the playoffs with a broken/fractured wrist. And it's the wrist on his shooting hand. I've been sort of a defender of J.O.'s throughout his time with the Celtics. I really respect the hard work that he went through to be able and contribute to the C's playoff run, as short as it was, when we really needed him. Most, including myself, did not expect J.O. to finish the regular season, let alone play at all in late-April & May.
This team's biggest question mark heading into the summer of 2011 is at the center position. With Shaquille O'Neal most-likely done here, and in the NBA for that matter, Nenad Krstic and J.O. are it. One name that C's fans have been tossing around is Denver's Nene. I'm sure that Wyc, Danny and the team's accountants are already hard at work trying to figure out what their options are.