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Shaq practices after 5-game absence

Updated: November 24, 2009, 10:16 AM ET
Associated Press

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Shaquille O'Neal asked for a shot. The Cavaliers gave him 10 days off instead.

The team wouldn't comply when O'Neal asked for a cortisone injection to make his ailing shoulder feel better, choosing to treat it with rest and rehabilitation. O'Neal returned to practice with the Cavaliers on Monday and is hopeful he can play in Cleveland's game at Detroit on Wednesday.

"You can tell it's a great organization," O'Neal said. "I was cursing and screaming and ...

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