Jermaine O'Neal worked out in a number of cities during this prolonged offseason, and it seems appropriate that Las Vegas was among them. It seems the 33-year-old Celtics center has very much grasped the concept of all-in.

O'Neal considered retiring after last season. He was coming back from February knee surgery and looking toward an operation on his left (shooting) wrist. But he decided to delay the procedure until his playing days are through.

"I'd have been done," said O'Neal after a workout at the Celtics facility yesterday. "If I'd have had surgery, I wouldn't have played again because basically it was going to take six months to heal. That means no training, no strength training, almost no shooting.