BOSTON -- Answering health-related questions continues for Jermaine O'Neal.
Earlier this week, he stated that he was not injured after missing Monday's game against the Washington Wizards with a sore hamstring.
On Friday night, he once again said he was ok after leaving the game in the second half to put on a padded vest after a hit to the chest against the Indiana Pacers.With 15 years in the NBA, ONeal shrugged it off as part of playingbasketball.
Im ok, he said. Its nothing. Its part of the game.
ONeal returned to action and finished the night with four points and seven rebounds in the Celtics 87-74 loss.
When you get hit, sometimes it hurts more than others, he said. Sometimes you can just go in the back, get it wrapped up, and get back into the game.
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As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared.
The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.
A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in.
All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.
And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.