At this point in his career, it's not exactly news when Jermaine O'Neal misses a game. He's been in the NBA for almost 20 years now, and he's put a lot of miles on his body. So every now and then, he needs to give it a break. But that's not why he was missing from the Warriors lineup when Golden State traveled to Toronto yesterday to take on the Raptors.
Rather, O'Neal was reportedly forced to miss the Warriors game on Sunday because—get this—he misplaced his passport prior to the team's trip to Toronto and was unable to cross the border without it. Before the game, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he wasn't sure if O'Neal's passport had been lost or stolen. But he did say that that was why O'Neal had to miss the game, which the Warriors lost.
Weird, right? For what it's worth, O'Neal did take to Twitter last night to explain that he did not "leave or lose" his passport, which leads us to believe that someone else must have either taken it or misplaced it:
As a leader, businessman, and father, I pride myself off being responsible, professional, and prompt! I did not leave or lose my passport!!!— Jermaine O'Neal (@jermaineoneal) March 3, 2014
And believe me when I tell you that there isn't a person in the country more upset than me about not being able to be with my team tonight— Jermaine O'Neal (@jermaineoneal) March 3, 2014
To help them battle for a win during a very important part of our season! Words just can not explain how I feel right now.— Jermaine O'Neal (@jermaineoneal) March 3, 2014
But I will be ready to help my team try and get a tuff win against one of the leagues best on Tuesday! (Bottle the anger and release it tue!— Jermaine O'Neal (@jermaineoneal) March 3, 2014
Regardless of what happened, O'Neal missed the game. He'll be back with the Warriors tomorrow when they take on the Pacers.
[via Pro Basketball Talk]