O'Neal undergoes successful surgery

O'Neal undergoes successful surgery
December 13, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Center Jermaine O'Neal signed to a one-year contract worth $2 million with the Warriors. (USATSI)

Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right wrist, the Warriors announced Friday afternoon.

There was no determined timetable for his recovery and return, but O'Neal was in good spirits afterward, tweeting that he is not, as some reports suggest, out for the remainder of the season.

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In the wake of the procedure, performed Friday morning by Dr. Jeff Yao of the Stanford Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Clinic, the 18th-year veteran will immediately begin the rehabilitation process.

The Warriors on Wednesday signed center Hilton Armstrong, a veteran of six NBA teams, to the roster to have at least some depth behind starter Andrew Bogut.

O'Neal, who in July signed to a one-year contract worth $2 million, started slowly but played well in recent weeks, before the recurring wrist discomfort grew progressively worse. The 35-year-old is averaging 6.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 19 minutes per game.

As a member of the Boston Celtics, O'Neal underwent surgery on his left wrist in March 2012, ending his season as doctors advised a six- to eight-week recovery period.

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