Jermaine O'Neal out with irregular heartbeat

PHOENIX — Jermaine O’Neal has missed the last two games with an irregular heartbeat, and the Phoenix Suns center said he’ll be able to return when he and his doctors figure out the right type of medicine and correct dosage that will cure his symptoms.

“They put me on some medication,” O’Neal said. “It’s a three-to-four day process to see if it helps. It was kind of a shock to me because it just happened.”

O’Neal said he was sitting on the couch at home around 7:30 at night when he first started experiencing trouble, which included shortness of breath. He added that the news was kept close to his chest to avoid misleading stories, referencing his reported argument with General Manager Lance Blanks.

“I didn’t know what was really happening,” O’Neal said. “I thought I was having a heart attack.”

O’Neal worked out on Thursday and felt a little better, though he said he felt a little dizzy running up and down the court.

“As soon as they say, ‘Yeah, you’re ready,’ I’ll be back,” O’Neal said.

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