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Old 01-16-2009, 09:31 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Jay Triano, the Raptors interim head coach, said O'Neal volunteered to come off the bench to begin.

"He's earned the right to stay in the starting lineup," said O'Neal of Bargnani.

"I have no ego about that. Some guys would want their starting position back, but I've been out for two weeks.

"... I don't deserve the right to come back and take somebody's position that has been playing well."

O'Neal, speaking after his first full practice with the team since he injured his knee Dec.31 in Denver, said he's not sure if he'll play tonight.

It depends, he said, on how the knee reacts today in the wake of yesterday's workout.

"Obviously you guys know my history of coming back a little bit too early and kind of putting my health in harm's way, and I don't want to do that," he said.

"But I do understand the urgency of the team needing my help."
Jermaine just earned respect from me on this whole issue. Let's hope the rest of the team benefits from his classy handling of his situation by playing with the same selfless desire to help.

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