You know, because he’s “FRAGILE,” or, when spelled phonetically: “FRAGEELAY,” but you knew that already. Regardless of what you think of my comparison of one of the all-time NBA greats to a movie prop from a holiday film, the fact remains that Father Time may be finally catching up with Boston Celtics big man Shaquille O’Neal. Out since February 1st due an Achilles’ tendon strain, Shaq took to the court yesterday against the Detroit Pistons but only played a total of five-and-a-half minutes – scoring six points – before succumbing to another injury in the second quarter.
Shaq’s latest injury is at this time being referred to as a strained right calf, but in light of how long it took him to recover from the tendon strain, there’s no predicting when the Celtics will have Shaq Van Winkle back on the court (via Yahoo!):
“I don’t know what to do, honestly,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said when asked if O’Neal should be shut down for the rest of the regular season. “My inclination is not, because he needs to play. We have to play at full-tilt in six or seven (games).”
“The doctor thought it was very minor. Scary more than anything,” Rivers said. “But we’ll see.”
It is worth noting that Shaq-Fu is 39-years-old and is in his 20th NBA season, although over the past four seasons, O’Neal has only averaged only 48 games per season, presuming that he’s put on the shelf for the balance of the current one. Leg lamps and leg cramps: the big body that has served him so well over the years just might be finally breaking down on old Shaq, but I’m not a doctor, nor do I even play one on TV, so there you go.