Originally created 11/29/06

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Heat: Shaquille O'Neal says his latest injury should not be interpreted as a sign that he's in decline.

"They've been saying that the last 10 years," said O'Neal, speaking publicly Tuesday for the first time since his surgery on Nov. 19. "I'm going to stick to my formula. I know what I've been doing, and nobody does it better, even at the tender age of 34."

O'Neal has been sidelined since Nov. 12, when he tore knee cartilage against Houston, and he's expected to be out until at least Dec. 23.

He's expected to remain on the bench for a while. The injury originally was diagnosed as a hyperextended knee, and O'Neal said he was surprised when an MRI exam revealed the need for surgery.

His layoff is projected to be four to six weeks following the operation, and O'Neal has yet to resume running.

Bobcats: Charlotte added depth to its backcourt by signing veteran swingman Derek Anderson.

The move was made to help lessen the load for point guards Raymond Felton and Brevin Knight. Anderson has experience playing point guard, shooting guard and small forward.

Charlotte will be the seventh team for the 32-year-old Anderson, who was selected 13th overall by Cleveland in the 1997 draft.


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