Backup center Jermaine O'Neal on Wednesday participated in his first full practice since undergoing surgery on his right wrist last month and anticipates returning to the court soon.

How soon is yet to be determined, but O'Neal almost certainly will be back in uniform before the Feb. 13-16 All-Star break and maybe as soon as a week.

In either case, it would be a speedy recovery. Upon completion of the surgery on Dec. 13, it was expected O'Neal might not be back until sometime in March.

"It could be a week, two weeks, three weeks (or) as soon as I feel strong enough," he said Wednesday. "(Therapists and trainers) gauge my strength every week, and it's improved every week, so it could be next week. I don't know.''