Grange: "O'Neal's impact to remain mystery until the fall"
Old 07-09-2008, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Another optimistic read this morning too. This time from Grange.

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Who exactly he is and what he will bring to the franchise will likely remain a mystery until the season starts in November.

Is O'Neal an injury-plagued fading star destined to be a drag on the bottom line? Or a still potent veteran determined to extend the prime of his career and help the Raptors win their first playoff series in six years?

Trainer Joe Abunassar, who has been working with O'Neal daily in Las Vegas since May 15, bets on the latter as O'Neal attempts to rebound from a lost season and a "best thing for everyone" divorce from the Indiana Pacers.

"He's a world-class player and an unbelievable guy," said Abunassar, who runs an elite summer training program in Las Vegas for a who's who of NBA stars. "He's like Kevin Garnett that way, just a pleasure to be around."

The scouting report only gets better from there. It needs to as Raptors president Bryan Colangelo tries to steer the franchise back into the mix in the Eastern Conference after a desultory 41-41 season.
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O'Neal has gone out of his way to prove he's ready for a fresh start in Toronto.

Following news of the deal, O'Neal called Colangelo, Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell and Bosh, in each case assuring them he was determined to make the most of a fresh start and fit in well alongside Bosh. He wanted to prove his string of six consecutive all-star seasons was the norm and the past two years the exception.

More important, he's been walking the walk, Abunassar says.

O'Neal has spent nearly two months focusing primarily on basketball-specific fitness training with just a dusting of skill work thrown in. His fitness and health have continued to improved, and he's now up to 45 minutes of basketball work following nearly two hours of therapy and training.

His four- to five-hour days will get longer later this month as he begins to scrimmage against other NBA players later this month.

"Most NBA players don't start coming in until June or July," Abunassar said. "But Jermaine was here in May. He was very determined to get into elite shape, and we set up a four-month plan to get there and we're way ahead of schedule.

"I've been doing this for 10 years and he's as good a guy as I've had in terms of focusing on the plan and doing what it takes to get ready. If he keeps going at this pace, he's going to have a tremendous summer and be able to roll right into training camp. He'll be ready."
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow. I'm really impressed with O'Neal. And I love this paragraph. I got the chills

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O'Neal has spent nearly two months focusing primarily on basketball-specific fitness training with just a dusting of skill work thrown in. His fitness and health have continued to improved, and he's now up to 45 minutes of basketball work following nearly two hours of therapy and training.
All the more reason to get me a jersey with O'Neal on the back of it
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ooooh... 'desultory'... nice word grange.
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm excited about the prospect of having him on the team. He's too good skill wise to be mediocre.

Ideally, I want him to be more of a defensive presence than an offensive presence. If all he does is collect garbage points then I'll be happy, but if he can alter shots I'm going to be ecstatic. Also, throw in Moon's athleticism and I think defensively we'll be very solid.
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I'm excited about the prospect of having him on the team. He's too good skill wise to be mediocre.

Ideally, I want him to be more of a defensive presence than an offensive presence. If all he does is collect garbage points then I'll be happy, but if he can alter shots I'm going to be ecstatic. Also, throw in Moon's athleticism and I think defensively we'll be very solid.
He's amongst the most underrated defenders in the league.

In his last full season, John Hollinger wrote about how good JO is defensively. He was, if I'm not mistaken, top 10 in the league in charges drawn and blocked shots. That is just outstanding.

I also recall Rick Carlisle when he was in Indy saying that JO could lead the league in blocks easily if he wanted to, but that he was more concerned with buying into the team's defensive game plan and playing solid man defense, which doesn't lead to a lot of blocks.

He could average 10 points...if he plays defense like he has in the past, and I've been led to believe he still can, he's still a great pickup.
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Nice read, however, all ya had to do was use a bit of google prowess and you would have known all that stuff already.

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Old 07-09-2008, 07:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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well that is true nobody will know the impact of O'neal until the next season starts that is common sense
c'mon grange i thought you had that
sorry i think i spoke too soon
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