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Drbio
06-08-2002, 07:33 PM
Shaq's toe, fitness sure to be off-season issues

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Associated Press


Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he plans to sit down with Shaquille O'Neal after the season to discuss what can be done about the star center's arthritic right big toe.

O'Neal said a couple months ago he thought there was an 80 percent chance he'd have surgery on the toe this summer, but expressed uncertainty on the matter earlier this week.

"There are a variety of options for Shaquille," Jackson said before Game 2. "Until we look at all of those options and adjust and weigh them, we won't make anything but suggestions to him."

Jackson said the major thing to discuss was how O'Neal could avoid coming into training camp overweight. O'Neal had surgery late last August on his left little toe, affecting his ability to report to camp in top shape.

"Some major adjustments have to be made," Jackson said. "Things just can't go along as they are because ... we can't go forward if he's going to play 50 games, or 55 games, or 60 games a year."

If O'Neal plays the way he did Friday night -- 40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in a 106-83 victory over New Jersey -- it would hardly seem to matter.

Drbio
06-09-2002, 09:55 PM
Apparently Shaq hurt his little finger tonight (game 3) and now he has an injured little piggie and an injured little pinkie. Wimp. i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

grbh
06-09-2002, 10:45 PM
There is an update on FoxSports and evidently this little piggie went to the market to get a Shaq pack.

He is expected to return in time for game 4 though.

Drbio
06-09-2002, 10:47 PM
Even if it were broken he would play I'm sure.