Jermaine O’Neal out with irregular heartbeat

Posted by on January 25th, 12:08 am

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.

Kevin Zimmerman is the lead blogger and editor for Valley of the Suns. He is also editor of, an Arizona Wildcats\’ blog, and a contributor at SB Nation and

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Harry // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:10 am


    Come on. The Suns just won. get a clue

  • 2 Scott // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Best wishes to JO. I know he wants to play, but he should take this seriously. There’s absolutely no reason to press to return to the court.

  • 3 azbballfan // Jan 25, 2013 at 5:07 am

    if he does, in fact have a irregular heart beat there is no way he should return to the court until this is looked at very carefully.

  • 4 BCrayZ // Jan 27, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Get well JO.

    What was December’s follow up diagnosis for Channing Frye?

  • 5 ???? ?? // Sep 11, 2013 at 3:01 am


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