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Harddrive7
11-02-2004, 07:40 AM
http://www.indystar.com/articles/0/191311-6840-179.html


Shaquille O'Neal remains bothered by a strained left hamstring, yet the 11-time All-Star center hopes to play Wednesday when Miami opens its season at New Jersey.

O'Neal missed most of Miami's practice Monday, sparking concerns that the injury is worse than feared. The Heat, however, did not place O'Neal on the injured list, indicating they believe the problem is minor.

Still, Heat coach Stan Van Gundy was clearly disappointed that O'Neal -- who sat out practices Friday and Saturday, and missed three of Miami's seven preseason games -- wasn't able to participate in Monday's workout.

O'Neal took part in some defensive drills, but wasn't on the floor for 5-on-5 work.

"We thought we'd have him back full today, and we didn't," Van Gundy said. "It's a concern from the sense that obviously his health is the biggest thing, and the second thing is we haven't practiced with him in a long, long time. That obviously, in terms of our offense, affects what we're doing."



Ya think Stan, considering that Shaq IS basically your offense? I just have a wierd feeling that Miami fans and ESPN are going to be extremely dissapointed this year.

Lord Helmet
11-02-2004, 06:40 PM
Yea I agree with the Miami fans AND ESPN are going to be extremely dissapointed this year it seems as if thats all they talk about is Shaq.

TheSauceMaster
11-02-2004, 07:14 PM
Oh my what will they do if Shaq is injured for a long period :rolleyes: Honestly I think Miami gave up too much good talent for one player .