A big blow was dealt to the Warriors today. Jermaine O’Neal underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist to correct a torn ligament, further slashing the depth of an already thin Warriors frontcourt. The timing couldn’t be any worse for the Warriors bench, as well, with fellow big man Festus Ezeli reportedly out until sometime in January and with Andre Iguodala still out indefinitely while nursing a bum hamstring.
I think if you said at the beginning of the season the Warriors were going to be decimated by the injury bug we all would have assumed it would be Stephen Curry and/or Andrew Bogut and then we have begun to collectively cry. But surprisingly those two have been the ones who have held up well.
The Warriors offered no timetable for O’Neal’s return. It’s feared that the surgery could end his season, which would be an even bigger blow to the Warriors because it would likely mean more minutes for Marreese Speights, and, as they say, eff that noise.
But Jermaine O’Neal, because he cares about YOUR welfare and emotional state, wants to make sure you don’t lose any sleep at night:
And by the way DUBNATION and to all my other supporters, I am NOT out for the season contrary to some of the media reports. WARRRIORS!!!!!!!
— Jermaine O'Neal (@jermaineoneal) December 13, 2013
Hope he’s right. He’s been serviceable as the first big man off the bench this season and was especially key in that heart-stopping comeback against the Raptors last week.
Meantime, Jason Collins is out there. We’re just saying.