Shaq looking forward to return

Updated: March 31, 2010, 8:20 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal says his surgically repaired thumb is healing ahead of schedule.

O'Neal

Looking remarkably fit, O'Neal, who has been out since tearing a ligament in his thumb on Feb. 25 and having surgery, said he plans to resume basketball activities soon. He said his thumb is "good" and that he's looking forward to getting back on the court.

The Cavs had expected O'Neal to miss the remainder of the regular season, but the iconic superstar sounded as if he might be back before the April 14 finale at Atlanta.

"I will be ready," said O'Neal, who has kept a low profile since getting hurt.

He made an appearance on Wednesday night along with his mother, Lucille, who signed copies of her new book before the Cavs hosted the Milwaukee Bucks.


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