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dirt_dobber
10-14-2003, 08:19 AM
Shaq's heel has been hurting for 2 weeks now,
and it is getting worse. I guess carrying 350+lbs
takes a toll after awhile.

I would post the official press release but I'm having
systems problems today.----somebody please post, THANKS

Murphy3
10-14-2003, 08:21 AM
Monday, October 13, 2003


Associated Press
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Shaquille O'Neal has a bruised heel left, an MRI disclosed Monday.

O'Neal requested an MRI on his aching left heel Monday because it hasn't improved since he injured it more than two weeks ago.


"I'm really not concerned at all about the injury," Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I'm very surprised that he's got this type of an injury. Those are things that usually are minor."


O'Neal participated in some half-court drills Monday, while Kobe Bryant only ran a bit as he continues rehabbing from offseason knee surgery.


"It's a disappointment for Shaq, if he's worked as hard as we've heard he's worked this summer to be in condition, that we haven't been able to build on that conditioning for the season," Jackson said.


The Lakers will hold a shootaround Tuesday in El Segundo before heading to San Diego for an exhibition game against Phoenix that night.


Jackson said he thinks O'Neal will play against the Suns. Bryant, however, isn't expected to play. He has to be back in Colorado on Wednesday for the second part of a preliminary hearing on the rape charges against him.


"Hopefully, he'll play a game before this week is up," Jackson said.


Bryant's next chance to get into his first preseason game will come Thursday and Friday when the Lakers host Cleveland, Phoenix and the Clippers in a four-team round-robin event.


Rookie Brian Cook will have surgery Tuesday to repair a fracture dislocation of his left ring finger. He is expected to be out a minimum of six weeks.


Cook, a first-round draft pick out of Illinois, averaged 1.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 12 minutes in two preseason games.


Horace Grant is finding that his comeback is tougher than expected. He rested Monday because of a tight hip flexor, which Jackson attributed to "a little bit of creakiness going on."


Grant, 38, hasn't played since being released by the Orlando Magic last December. He played only five games with them last season.


"He'll find his way," Jackson said. "There may be situations where he'll miss a game here or there."

dirno2000
10-14-2003, 08:22 AM
Edit: Just realized it's already posted in the other Shaq thread.

Simon2
10-14-2003, 08:25 AM
It really doesn't look too good for the Lakers. Shaq will be bothered by his heel all season. Kobe, well you know Kobe. Grant will probably just be get paychecks without playing a game. The weird thing is that the Payton and Malone might be the reliable ones. Two players that thought they could ride the coat tails of Shaq and Kobe, might have to do some real playing after all. Kobe and Shaq might be hitching to their wagon for the majority of the season.

MavsFanatik33
10-14-2003, 08:32 AM
Can't say I feel bad for the guy, I hate those damn Lakers!

LRB
10-14-2003, 09:49 AM
Maybe he hurt the heel the last time he stuck his foot in his mouth.

EricaLubarsky
10-14-2003, 11:32 AM
Originally posted by: LRB
Maybe he hurt the heel the last time he stuck his foot in his mouth.

Gosh darn, LRB. That was totally unexpected and hilarious. That really cheered me up

Rod1975
10-14-2003, 11:42 AM
I guess he will have to hold off on his nuclear attack for a while.

Murphy3
10-14-2003, 11:48 AM
it would be nice to actually address the article and the impact that it could have on the mavs, the lakers, the WEST, and the rest of the NBA.
I think the comedy club is in the lounge.

LRB
10-14-2003, 11:50 AM
Originally posted by: Murphy3
it would be nice to actually address the article and the impact that it could have on the mavs, the lakers, the WEST, and the rest of the NBA.
I think the comedy club is in the lounge.


Party pooper. i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif

ReDIRKulous
10-14-2003, 11:52 AM
I also thought that was pretty funny, LRB. i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif

Murphy3
10-14-2003, 11:56 AM
I agree that there's a time and place for one liners. Hell, 'perhaps' some of them could be looked upon as being funny. But, it would be nice to have something of a little more substance than just one liners every where....especially in the Mavs section and the around the NBA section.

but hey, that's just my humble opinion


A very, VERY high percentage of your posts since you've returned have been nothing but one liners. That's fine for the lounge, but come on..give us a little more than that in the basketball sections.

LRB
10-14-2003, 12:02 PM
Originally posted by: Murphy3
I agree that there's a time and place for one liners. Hell, 'perhaps' some of them could be looked upon as being funny. But, it would be nice to have something of a little more substance than just one liners every where....especially in the Mavs section and the around the NBA section.

but hey, that's just my humble opinion

And you're certainly entitled to your opinion Murph. If all the board was one liners, then it would be pretty worthless IMO. But personally I like a good mix, and that's my humble opinion.

ReDIRKulous
10-14-2003, 12:05 PM
I think these arguments are more of a distraction than a few one liners. I think the important thing is that the person making the one-liners is actually funny. i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif But, hey... I am new here so my opinion is worth next to nothing. lol i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif

One possible solution to the "friendly conversation debate" is to highlight "non" basketball discussions with an alternate color. This way you could skip throughthe "nonsense" if you wanted to. Just an idea thrown out there. i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif

kg_veteran
10-14-2003, 01:22 PM
Originally posted by: LRB
Maybe he hurt the heel the last time he stuck his foot in his mouth.

I gotta say, LRB, this sounds like the Norm Dad Joke of the Week.

dirt_dobber
10-14-2003, 01:46 PM
Since murph was kind enough to post the article
and help focus to "back to topic" I'll offer this.....

His lingering heel problem could have a huge impact
on the season...

If they stumble out of the gate, like they did last year,
it could add to the medis circus that will revlove around
Kobe. Shaq lumbering down the floor was bad enough already
if you add this ailment it will make him even slower.

sike
10-14-2003, 02:32 PM
it is a nice thought that the Lakers might stumble and bumble next season..esspecially after nearly every "knowledgeable writer" basically handed them the Championship...it may turn out that the additions of Payton and Malone may have to carry this team for streches of the season and not just bring the support...the question as always lies on one every big foot(toe or heel)....can Shaq bring it for real this season or will the big off season moves go all for not? Oh dear magic basketball faries please bring down LA....I just love to see them cry..or whine...one way or another, they were overrated...can't we all just see the chemistry problems flair when their are not enough shots to go around??? or am i just freaken crazy

LRB
10-14-2003, 03:56 PM
Call me a skeptic, but I just wondering why this injury became such a big deal to Shaq right after he demanded a contract extention and didn't get a positive response from Laker management. Is this an attention getting ploy? I seriously have to ask this. Although at 1st it would seem this would hurt his chances to get an extention, maybe that's not how Shaq sees it. Just a thought.

kg_veteran
10-14-2003, 04:35 PM
An interesting thought, LRB. I think he'd probably be better off proving that he's NOT injury prone if he wants an extension, but who knows.

Shaq just seems to me to be at the stage in his career (and at the physical size) where he will deal with nagging injuries, be they minor or serious, from now until the time he retires.

Shaq Attack2
10-14-2003, 04:48 PM
Shaq got the MRI back on his heel, and the results were negative for any fractures, etc.

Phew, that was the Lakers season right there. i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif


Originally posted by: LRB
Maybe he hurt the heel the last time he stuck his foot in his mouth.

Seriously, you could write material for standup. You’ve been on a roll for a while.

LRB
10-14-2003, 04:52 PM
KG I totally agree with you about the injuries. I'm not surprised so much that Shaq had on as to the timing. It just seems that he would have known of the injury when he made his extention demands. Maybe he was hoping that the Lakers would make a quick offer. But maybe in his mind this is like the blue flu used by police who can't strike. But I would totally agree that IMO he would be best off showing that he is NOT injury prone. It's just that Shaq has done many things in the past which seemed to go against conventional wisdom.

The other thought that I had was this is part of try grab attentio since Kobe has been getting so much, howbeit very negative attention. I'm not sure about the game, but it sure smells to me like Shaq might be playing one.

Tony tha Mavs fan
10-14-2003, 05:10 PM
Shaq with an injured heel is still better than 90% of the centers playing out there. Plus with the additions of Payton and Malone, he won't be looked upon to do as much on the Court as he once did. Instead of trying to fight a double team to get a basket he can just force the double team and kick it off to an open Malone /Bryant/Payton for the easy jumper. Lakers are going to be a tough team to beat, I think the Mavs can hang with them though.

Drbio
10-14-2003, 05:12 PM
You can only ask a heel to do so much. Geez....how much does the guy wiegh now...even after the weight loss? 300+ pounds is going to wear on your joints. I am surprised he hasn't broken down much more often before now. These injuries usually cascade.

dirno2000
10-16-2003, 05:04 PM
"It's a disappointment for Shaq, if he's worked as hard as we've heard he's worked this summer to be in condition, that we haven't been able to build on that conditioning for the season," Jackson said.

It sounds like Phil's not quite convinced that Shaq and the Marine drill sergeant had as productive a summer as has been reported.