Injuries have hindered Golden State Warriors’ big man Jermaine O’Neal throughout his now 18-year NBA career.
According to the Warriors, O’Neal had an MRI on Tuesday and has a bruised right knee and a strained right groin.
According to the Associated Press, O’Neal “didn’t travel with the team for Monday night’s game at the Utah Jazz and is considered day to day” and “he was injured early in the fourth quarter of Golden State’s 102-88 victory over the Jazz on Saturday night in Oakland when he slipped along the baseline.”
O’Neal spent last season with the Phoenix Suns before signing with the Warriors in the offseason. In nine games, he’s averaging 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.
O’Neal, who spent his first four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers before joining the Indiana Pacers for eight years, has also played for the Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics.
Over the course of his career, he’s averaged 13.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.4 assists per game.
The Warriors should be fine without O’Neal. They have some depth up front and have the option to play small ball with forward Harrison Barnes potentially playing the four.