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Old 09-18-2008, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CelticsBlog: Will Change of Scenery Rejuvenate JO?

Something that we've beaten into the ground a couple times here at RF, but it nice to read the perspectives from fans of other teams on their thoughts?

Originally Posted by Steve Weinman
As a confessed long-time O'Neal booster, I've been rooting for him to be traded for some time now. Sometimes, a player reaches a point where he simply needs a new environment to reinvigorate him, and it was clear that the time had come for JO in Indiana. He wasn't thrilled with Jim O'Brien's system, and the constant strain of injury recovery and failing to meet expectations for the same people in Indiana took its toll on him. While the guy undoubtedly made a few dumb comments about his future with the team during the summer of 2007, he remains generally reputed as a good teammate who plays hard and is a decent guy away from the court.

It also doesn't hurt that in his heyday, this guy played some excellent basketball. He has gone to six All-Star games this decade, made one of the top three All-NBA teams three times and been a force at both ends of the floor. He has put up two seasons averaging better than 20 points and 10 rebounds and two more of at least 20 points and 8 rebounds per game, including his 24.3-8.8 campaign in 2004-05. The guy has blocked at least two shots per game in each of his last nine seasons, and when healthy, he has moved well defensively, playing his man effectively and doing a good job rotating in help.

This is a player who really became one of the league's brightest stars for a relatively short time and seemed last year to have already lost that stardom by age 29. But if it's possible for him to get it back, playing alongside Chris Bosh in the front-court could be as good a way as any. As consistent as anyone in the league over the last three seasons, Bosh has become one of the game's best face-up big men. O'Neal could be just the complement for him to allow both players to be more effective.
Also, pertaining to JO ... I was reading a topic at RaptorBlog a few minutes ago and do you think Jermaine pulled a "VC" in Indiana to get his arse out of Indy like Vince did here in Toronto?

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