Jermaine O'Neal considering his options

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Jermaine O'Neal considering his options

BOSTON The Boston Celtics have no timetable on when Jermaine O'Neal will return to the lineup this season or at all for that matter.

O'Neal has a wrist injury that will eventually require surgery that would most likely end his season. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said O'Neal will consult with additional doctors, and let them know what course of action he'll take.

In addition to surgery, O'Neal is also considering having a cortisone shot which would keep him out for about two weeks.

"He's thinking through his options," Rivers said. "We're just going to wait and see what he decides."

Without O'Neal, the C's have gone with a smaller lineup that includes 6-foot-8 Brandon Bass at power forward and Kevin Garnett, the team's usual power forward, sliding over to play center.

The lineup has worked well thus far, but tonight's game will be Garnett's first major challenge defensively.

New Jersey center Brook Lopez has been out most of the season with a broken foot, but has returned to action for the Net's last three games.

He's coming off a 38-point performance in New Jersey's 93-92 upset win at Dallas.

Report: Patriots asked Seahawks about a trade for Richard Sherman

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Report: Patriots asked Seahawks about a trade for Richard Sherman

PHOENIX -- The Patriots pulled off what many considered a surprise free-agent signing when they acquired corner Stephon Gilmore. As it turns out, before they picked up the former Bills cover man, they inquried about a separate move that would have been even more eye-opening. 

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, ahead of coming to a deal with Gilmore, the Patriots were among the teams that spoke to the Seahawks about a potential trade for Richard Sherman.

During the NFC coaches breakfast on Wednesday morning at the Arizona Biltmore, Seattle coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that multiple teams have contacted the Seahawks about Sherman. But, Carroll said, "I don't see anything happening at all."

Sherman, who turns 29 next season, will make $11.431 million for 2017. He's due $11 million in the final year of his contract in 2018.

Video: Chara hits practice goalie in groin

Video: Chara hits practice goalie in groin

BRIGHTON, Mass -- Life as an emergency practice goalie can be pretty rough.

Take, for instance, Mass State Trooper Keith Segee, who has suited up a couple of times for the Boston Bruins this season during times of need, and did exactly that during Wednesday’s optional practice for the Black and Gold.

Segee got caught with a Zdeno Chara cranked slap shot right in the family jewels, and then had to walk…er, crawl it off like any normal human being would after getting bombed by a guy that can shoot it 108-mph.

“He’s got the hardest shot of anybody I’ve ever seen,” said Segee, with a smile. “I had to take two or three laps around the rink after that one and skate it off.”

Give Chara credit for moving right over to Segee and giving him a tap on the backside for skating it off, and risking life, limb and perhaps a lot more to stop a few pucks for the Black and Gold.

Segee played at Revere High and Salem State College before joining the Mass State Police, and got the emergency gig through Bruins goalie coach Bob Essensa when Boston needed a practice goalie at the end of last week in Tuukka Rask’s absence.

Let’s hope Segee is okay at this point, or the Bruins captain could be looking at a few more moving violations in his future.