OAKLAND -- Veteran Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal will see a specialist Thursday for his injured right wrist and expects a decision will be made for the long term on a course of action.
O'Neal, 35, has torn ligaments on the outside of his wrist, an injury suffered four weeks ago that he said just keeps getting worse. He said he is unable to grip the basketball, and because it's his shooting hand, his offensive game has been severely impaired.
O'Neal said his wrist has been so painful he can't even handle a TV remote or drive his car without it hurting.
"I can't even pull a sheet over me without feeling it," he told this newspaper. "I've never been stabbed, but it feels like a deep stab."
O'Neal is hoping to avoid surgery, which would likely end his season and possibly his career. He said one option may be immobilizing the wrist in a cast, which would put him out for a protracted period but possibly allow him to return later in the season.