Golden State Warriors forward Jermaine O'Neal will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist Friday, the team said. The Warriors said that O'Neal has a torn ligament in his right wrist.
A timetable for his return will be assessed after his surgery, the Warriors said.
O'Neal has been playing with the wrist injury for the past few weeks. He told The San Jose Mercury News that he was seeing a specialist on Thursday. The surgery will likely end his season, and possibly the 35-year-old's career.
"I can't even pull a sheet over me without feeling it," he told the Mercury News. "I've never been stabbed, but it feels like a deep stab."
In 18.6 minutes per game this season, O'Neal was averaging 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Warriors.
1 of 2) @jermaineoneal will undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow to address a torn ligament in his right wrist.
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) December 13, 2013
2 of 2) A timetable for his return will be determined after his procedure. — Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) December 13, 2013