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Jermaine O'Neal Has Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Will Miss 6-8 Weeks

Celtics forward Jermaine O'Neal underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will return to action in 6-8 weeks, according to a report from WEEI.

O'Neal's surgery took place on Friday, according to Celtics' General Manager Danny Ainge, and everything went according to plan.

"Surgery went fine and we're hoping that helps alleviates the swelling he was getting with extra activity," Ainge said. (via Rob Bradford/

O'Neal, who hasn't played since January 10th, is averaging 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds this season. According to Ainge, O'Neal is on track to return in early April, but it will not fix his knee permanently.

"I think it could be something he could be dealing with next season," he said. "Whenever you have arthritis in your knee and there's bone on bone there's a long-term issue there. This surgery was not something to fix him long-term." (via Rob Bradford/