OAKLAND – Standing in front of his cubicle in the Warriors locker room prior to their game against the Mavericks on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena, Jermaine O'Neal was candid and a bit sentimental.
His right wrist is in such pain, he said, that he simply cannot continue without some kind of remedy. He also said he'll see a specialist on Thursday and decide a course of action.
Without going into specifics, he implied there are three options:
One is surgery, which would require an extended but indefinite recovery period.
Another is immobilization, which likely would require a shorter recovery period but may not be as successful over time.
The third would be continued treatment, though nothing so far has curbed the discomfort that O'Neal says he feels every time touches the ball or shakes a hand or even uses his right hand to pull up the sheets at night.
O'Neal underwent surgery on his left wrist three years ago. The pain was on the inside part of the wrist. This time, it's the outer part of the right wrist.
"I've been playing with it for about four weeks," he said, adding that pain has grown worse as he has continued.
Either way, O'Neal vows he will be back and he will help the Warriors at some point during this season.
"Obviously, we want him healthy and whole," Jackson said. "But no matter what, we have to find a way to get results and hold the fort. That's just where we are. He's done some great things for us so far and we'll try and take care of him as soon as possible and, hopefully, he will be on the floor healthy and whole."