CNNSI: A Jermaine Question
Old 08-19-2008, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good little read from Ian Thomsen from Sports Illustrated.

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If O'Neal can approach the form that made him a six-time All-Star, his trade to Toronto could prove to be the most significant off-season move in the East. True, Philadelphia signed free-agent power forward Elton Brand last month, but the 76ers still lack shooting and experience. The Raptors, on the other hand, are coming off two straight postseason appearances and retain All-Star power forward (not to mention U.S. Olympian) Chris Bosh, emerging point guard José Calderón and a slew of outside threats. They view O'Neal -- the marquee name in the six-player trade that sent point guard T.J. Ford, center Rasho Nesterovic, forward Maceo Baston and first-round draft pick Roy Hibbert to Indiana last month -- as the piece that could allow them to challenge the Boston Celtics.
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Since beginning his summer regimen on May 10 alongside scores of collegians who were preparing with Abunassar for the draft, O'Neal has strengthened his hamstrings and glutes to radically improve his jumping technique and take pressure off the left knee. (He plans to wear a brace next season to prevent hyperextensions, which can lead to painful bone bruises.) He has increased the strength of his torso and legs by doing crunches and balancing exercises while shedding 10 pounds to get down to his current weight of 260 -- no small thanks to nutritionist Tony Falce. "Because he has type A blood, he stays away from red meat," says Falce. "No potatoes, no tomatoes, but he can have rice, egg whites, soybeans and broccoli."
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't get it. Is his knee healthy or not? If it is, then why trying to take pressure off it?
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The rest of the article is positive enough, I guess...
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If we can only get 70% of what JO was as an allstar, we will make noise.
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I was thinking that what was implied was that the knee problems came about in the first place due to putting too much pressure on it, not that it was necessary to take pressure off due to it's present condition, aside from not wanting to hurt it again.
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I don't get it. Is his knee healthy or not? If it is, then why trying to take pressure off it?
His knee is healthy, its just like what tj did. He's strengthening the muscles around it to further protect it.

It's like if you sprain an ankle and walk with a limp to protect it eventually something else is going to get sore, so by JO getting everything else stronger it will make the chances of any strain or injury to the knee less of a chance in happening.
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If we can only get 70% of what JO was as an allstar, we will make noise.
No we wouldn't.If he's 70% he probably misses half the season.
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I don't get it. Is his knee healthy or not? If it is, then why trying to take pressure off it?
Why take pressure off it, and why the brace (to prevent hyperextensions??) I guess we'll see.
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Why take pressure off it, and why the brace (to prevent hyperextensions??) I guess we'll see.
Why change the oil in your car every 5000km?

Why take vitamins?

Why floss?

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Why? Preventative Maintenance.
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:32 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I love hearing how hard this guy is working - it sounds like he thinks he has something to prove.

The knee will always be a concern because it has a history now, but that goes for any player who's suffered a significant injury of any nature. At least O'Neal appears to be doing what he needs to to come back as ready as possible.
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:51 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I know a litle about sports rehab, sports traiing.

Jermaine is gonna kill it for us!

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Old 08-20-2008, 09:05 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Mcdyess had a horrible knee injury but has had a good career since. I think JO will be fine.
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:15 AM   #13 (permalink)
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JO is 95% healthy....he'll be fine./
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