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Old 08-11-2008, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Five Biggest IF's in the East - Re: Jermaine

What if Jermaine fails miserably here in Toronto? What next?

Originally Posted by Hoopsworld
IF the trade to Toronto was all Jermaine O'Neal needed to turn his career back around…

After establishing himself as one of the best big men in the league Jermaine has seen his production decline noticeably since 2004-2005. Injuries have plagued him as of late, but the thought of him playing alongside Chris Bosh has Raptor fans very optimistic. In Toronto O'Neal will not be expected to carry the load like he was in Indiana. Ideally Jermaine would take a backseat to Bosh offensively, instead focusing on the defensive side of the court where his help is needed the most. If O'Neal dedicates himself he is definitely capable of having a Defensive Player of the Year-type season. The big question mark with Jermaine is whether or not he can stay healthy, but with a much better surrounding cast in Toronto and the added motivation of seeing his stock drop so much we could see a rejuvenated JO.
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