ESPN: Healthy and happy, O'Neal ready to quiet doubters
Old 10-26-2008, 10:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile ESPN: Healthy and happy, O'Neal ready to quiet doubters

I like JO's comparison of Toronto and New York.

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"There's no substitute for happiness," O'Neal said. "No dollar amount for happiness."

And these days, even if you have a lot of money, you can quickly have less money. O'Neal saw his stock portfolio drop by $500,000 in 20 days recently as the market tumbled.

He's still optimistic. (It helps that he has another $44 million headed his way over the next two seasons.)

O'Neal likes Toronto: "A cleaner version of New York," he calls it.

He likes the fact that Colangelo sends him text messages, after saying, "I don't think me and Larry had any relationship, period," and saying he never got so much as a phone call from Bird until the trade talks heated up this summer. ("It was nothing other than so much [else] going on," Bird said of the lack of communication.)

He's pleased that his knee has held up through a full slate of practices and even back-to-back games in the preseason.

More than anything, he likes the talent on this Raptors team. Bosh is coming off a strong turn at the Olympics. Jose Calderon is an upper-tier point guard. Jason Kapono and Andrea Bargnani can fill it from outside. Anthony Parker can do everything in between.

"I've been around some really good teams," O'Neal said. "I've seen the ingredients that it takes to be a really good team. This team has it. At some point, it's about how much you want it. You have to go get it. When you see it, you have to go get it and cherish it."

O'Neal might not get back to the All-Star Game. He doesn't necessarily want to, not if it would come at the expense of team success. Cherish the moment? That's something you won't have to wait to see develop. It's already happening.
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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for some reason, i had this idea that he was sorta like a jackass before when he was in indiana. anyways, he sounds like a good guy. and i love that he just wants to win.

i was watching the Raptors nbatv preview and they had jo on and he was saying that he's expecting the team to reach the eastern finals AT LEAST, if not the nba finals. i love it!

and if his talking actually translates on the court, it could happen. so anything below an eastern finals appearance is a disappointment for me! got that jo!!!!
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