Thursday, January 11, 2007
Shaq practices for first time in two months
SAN FRANCISCO -- Shaquille O'Neal practiced Thursday for the
first time since tearing cartilage in his left knee Nov. 12, and
forwards Antoine Walker and James Posey also rejoined the Miami
Walker and Posey were placed on the inactive list Jan. 3 for
failing to meet conditioning guidelines.
The Heat are midway through a six-game trip. Walker and Posey
will be available for Friday night's game at Golden State, but
O'Neal will not play, the team said.
O'Neal has missed the past 28 games and played in only four
games this season. He earlier said he would likely need about four
or five practices before he would play.
O'Neal had surgery Nov. 19 and was then projected to be
sidelined until at least late December.
Walker and Posey have missed the past four games. They were
deactivated by coach Pat Riley the day he began an indefinite leave
of absence to undergo knee and hip surgery.
The injury-plagued defending NBA champions are 15-19 and third
in the Southeast Division, but they're 2-1 on their trip under
interim coach Ron Rothstein. After facing the Warriors, they play
Saturday at Utah and Monday at the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rothstein said his starting lineup will remain unchanged Friday,
meaning Walker and Posey would come off the bench.