Encouraging News

Shaq sounds motivated:

Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal says his surgically repaired thumb is healing ahead of schedule.

Looking remarkably fit, O’Neal, who has been out since tearing a ligament in his thumb on Feb. 25 and having surgery, said he plans to resume basketball activities soon. He said his thumb is “good” and that he’s looking forward to getting back on the court.

How motivated?

Shaq said he’s sworn off cheeseburgers since getting hurt. It shows, too.

Since getting hurt. Awesome.

He apparently is ahead of schedule (or so he says):

O’Neal took part in some of practice Thursday, although coach Mike Brown isn’t counting on him being back before the playoffs.

O’Neal has been sidelined since tearing a ligament in his right thumb Feb. 25. He had surgery and was expected to miss the rest of the regular season. On Wednesday, the 14-time All-Star said he was ahead of schedule.

Not bad news, no?

I just hope cheeseburgerless O’Neal knows that he’s still 38 years old. The news that he’s in great shape is all well and good (though I’d like to see some photographic evidence of this svelte Shaq) but they need him to not overstep his role.

(I also assume he’s laying off the pulled pork sandwiches)

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