Shoulder increases concern for All-Star

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal's right shoulder injury may
be worse than the Indiana Pacers originally thought, coach Rick
Carlisle said Friday.

O'Neal, among the NBA leaders in scoring with a career-high
average of 25.1 points, was hurt at Denver last week and missed his
fourth consecutive game Friday night. The Pacers defeated Golden State 101-83.
"We're still gathering information," Carlisle said of the
shoulder injury, originally diagnosed as a subluxated sprain.
"We'll know more probably tomorrow or the next day."
"We're waiting to find out. But I'm afraid it may be [more
serious]," he said. "I can't say that for sure until he gets back
in here and checks in with our doctors and we get a complete
The game at Denver was the first of a four-game road trip for
the Pacers, who lost that one but won two of the next three with
Dale Davis replacing O'Neal in the lineup.
O'Neal did not accompany the team on the rest of the trip.
"I talked to him yesterday; I have not talked to him today,"
Carlisle said before Friday night's game against Golden State.
O'Neal came to the Pacers in 2000 in a trade with Portland for
Davis, who was Indiana's No. 1 draft pick in 1991. Davis played
four seasons for the Trail Blazers and was traded last year to
Golden State. He played 36 games with the Warriors before he was
traded to New Orleans in a deal for Baron Davis last month. The
Hornets released him.
"He gives us depth up front," Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said,
"which is important since we've been bothered by injuries there
all season."