Thursday , Oct , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers’ O’Neal may miss rest of preseason

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O’Neal is
expected to miss the remainder of the preseason with a sore right foot, head
coach Rick Carlisle said Thursday.

Pacers' O'Neal may miss rest of preseason

O’Neal suffered a strained ligament in the foot during a pickup game less than
a month before training camp began. He sat out Indiana’s first preseason game,
but played in the next two.

“It’s not that he has injured it any worse,” Carlisle said. “It’s just a
situation where the doctors looked at it today and they feel at this point in
time, rest will expedite the healing process. Our hope is to get him back by
the beginning of the regular season.”

A three-time All-Star, O’Neal had participated in every Pacers training camp
practice until Thursday.

“It’s just one of these things where, when you’re looking at a 100-game run to
try to get to the playoffs, right now is the time for him to take a break,”
Carlisle said. “He really hasn’t had a break since training camp started and
it’s been his choice to get out here.”

The Pacers open their season on November 3 in Cleveland.