Few players deliberate more over the pros and cons of surgery than Jermaine O'Neal, who after undergoing knee surgery last January has decided to take a more holistic approach with the torn ligament in his left wrist.

O'Neal, who went through the playoffs with the wrist injury, has decided to forgo surgery in favor of rehabilitation, according to Danny Ainge. The Celtics president said yesterday that O'Neal, attempting to take advantage of the team's resources before players are locked out on July 1, has been a regular at the workout facility in Waltham.

"He has every intention of coming back," Ainge said of the only true center on his team's roster. "He has every desire to play, and didn't like the way it finished this year, and doesn't want to end his career on that type of note. He wants to be a much greater contributor.

"He chose not to have surgery."

Coaches ring true

Doc Rivers admits he's a hockey novice, but the Celtics coach didn't need a deep understanding of the game to appreciate that Boston now has four head coaches with championship rings.

"I think it's unbelievable," said Rivers, who attended the Bruins' Game 6 win over Vancouver at the Garden. "It's a great time to be a Boston fan in sports. I don't know anything about hockey. I went to a game to be supportive, but it was just fun to watch. It's just really neat to know you have four coaches in town who have all been champions. But more importantly, it's great for the city. It's the city of champions right now, and each team wants to keep it going.