HOOPSWORLD.COM: It’s funny, we look at website traffic trends a lot because it helps us understand what readers are looking for and where to put resources. Kobe Bryant is always a hot topic, everyone reads a Kobe story. Kevin Garnett also huge traffic guy. Jermaine O’Neal? Not so much.

The recent stories from LA that painted Jermaine as wanting to be traded were not that popular, maybe because most of the storyline was fabricated by the writers at other publications – Jermaine was very clear in what he wants; we were there, we have the audio of the entire conversation.

Jermaine wants to win in Indiana – just like Kevin Garnett did in Minnesota – Jermaine has a connection to the team that gave him a chance and wants badly to win in Indiana. He is not naive enough to believe that the team as constructed is a winner, but he feels he owes it to try. That’s said, Jermaine knows how the business of the NBA works and he knows the closer he gets to his opt-out clause the more temptation the Pacers will have in trading him.

IF the Pacers were to trade him, he’d like to be in LA or in New Jersey, and while some may have heard that phrase to mean he wants to be traded today, Jermaine wants to win in Indiana. Pacers sources have been very clear on where the team is at on JO; they have built a team around him, they brought in a veteran coach to help Jermaine get as deep into the playoffs as possible and they’ll see what happens. If The Pacers were tossing in the towel Jermaine would be gone already. He hasn’t been traded because the Pacers don’t want to trade him.

Now, in February that story may change, but don’t get caught up in the manufactured press on this. Jermaine O’Neal will be in Pacers training camp in October and unless someone swoops in with a can’t-miss offer, Jermaine will likely be a Pacer in April. From there it becomes all about business not basketball.

  • http://www.myspace.com/regg66 rpouncy14

    Dis sucks!!!!!!

  • LAKERSCHAMPSO8

    yea we get jo before trade deadline….but who cares i think kobes gonna explode this year like mvp,team top five in the west and to WCF…we’ll see

  • 24allup inya

    JO is just another lame duck waiting to see what the future holds for him, maybe he is beeing greedy and wants to let this whole thing drag on so he can be offered more money, just like KG did. In the end money is what made him go to Boston.JO needs to speak out and say what it is he want’s to happen with him.He needs to stop being loyal to a team who is looking to trade him.I think he should go on the radio and ask to be traded to the Lakers and realy let Bird know where he stands.If he does not wish to be traded then he should say so and stop wasting everybodies time.

  • foxxy

    I DONT CARE ANYMORE…WE’LL HAVE TO WORK WITH WHAT WE GOT…GOTTA STAY POSITIVE…I ALSO FEEL KOBE AND TEAM WILL FOOL US ALL…THIS WILL BE BY FAR KOBE’S MVP SEASON!!!! I THINK WE WILL SEE A WHOLE DIFFERENT SIDE TO OUR GUY KOBE!!!!CANT WAIT!!!!!

  • foxxy

    RIDE OR DIE…I GOT YOUR BACK LAKERS!!!!!

  • Faith

    It actually really really sucks if you think about it.

    I remember when Kobe went on his tirade…people were speaking of loyalty, and how he should be loyal to the team that supported him. But I think the opposite also applies. The team bears a responsibility to that player that gave it his all, plays unconditionally, and gets butts in that seat (money I think goes both ways, and really cancels out)…only to lose and lose and lose. Indiana needs to realize they can’t win with JO and graciously let him come to the Laker LOL!

  • cyrus

    I don’t believe a word on this article; Jermaine wants out and we all heard the audio tapes, loud and clear. Wait a minute, oh yeah…I forgot; JO had a twin brother, well that explains!!!

    It is the same talk and same maneuvers they did for KG; KG will stay, he will be in training camp, he wants to win in Minni, T-Wolves don’t want to trade him and so ooonnnnnn…..It’s just bunch of BS.

    Why would a $20-Mil guy change his mind overnight, 180 degrees? The only explanation I have, is that he was told he would get his wish but he must shut up, be patient and let the top dogs do their job.

  • D. Imhoff

    Here’s a positive spin on the last three years with the Lakers. We never became the Celtics, the Knicks, or the 76ers. We missed the playoffs once. We had a tenth draft pick which experts say this year would have been the third pick. this years pick may be the best point guard in the draft condidering his size and fit for the Lakers. With the addition of Fisher, Mihm, and a healthy Vald, Lamar and Luke we will be better this year. Mo Evans was hurt but played so he too should be better. If things do not go well in the first half then a reasonable trade may be available by the trading deadline. If Bynum improves this year as much as Jefferson did between his 2nd and 3rd year the Lakers with a MVP year from Koby and a healthy Lamar could go deep into the Playoffs and even to the Finals. Right now I am going to take a deep breath and just be patient for I believe the Lakers are holding a winning hand. I like are chances and are options.

  • kobe24mvp

    [quote comment=”12030″]I don’t believe a word on this article; Jermaine wants out and we all heard the audio tapes, loud and clear. Wait a minute, oh yeah…I forgot; JO had a twin brother, well that explains!!!

    It is the same talk and same maneuvers they did for KG; KG will stay, he will be in training camp, he wants to win in Minni, T-Wolves don’t want to trade him and so ooonnnnnn…..It’s just bunch of BS.

    Why would a $20-Mil guy change his mind overnight, 180 degrees? The only explanation I have, is that he was told he would get his wish but he must shut up, be patient and let the top dogs do their job.[/quote]
    ty.this article is ones personal opion not fact.this is playin out exactly like the KG situation,except better in that we are the only destination pssible for JO.ive been sayin the exact same thing cyrus,thank you for making it more known.because it is CLEAR they are in rebuild mode(kareem rush,diener who)building around JO my @$$.we have time and seein mitch is on vacation until next friday talks will probly heat up again around he very end or start of sept whe ind will want to trade him before T.C.(oct3) we just have to be patiebt…and i know that sux!

  • MILO

    If the trade of Kwame for Maggette happens the Lakers realy need to acquire JO cause in my opinion Kwame brings more defense then both Bynum and that deadbeat Mhim, who ever that sorry caracter is i forgot what he looks like since it’s been so long since he’s played i hope he can at least suit up this coming season.

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    MILO you don’t know anything about basketball. Mihm is by far our best center and the most consistent. I would rather have Mihm 50% healthy than Kwame when he’s completely healthy. And don’t get me started on Andrew ” No Heart” Bynum. Mihm is the best center we have and he is probably the 4th best CENTER in the NBA.

  • MILO

    Ed, since you know alot about basketball then you should know that im being sarcastic in my last comment.I know for a fact that if Mhim was healthy in the 05-06 playoffs against Pheonix we would have taken them out.As a diehard fan it’s frustrating to see that some of our key player’s are down and thats what leads me to make comments like that, so dont get all upset about these kind off things man relax.Anyway i do apreeciate the fact that you took time to respond to my comments so it’s all good were all here for the same reason, cause were diehard LAKER fan’s so GO LAKERS

  • 24allup inya

    ED, you realy should listen to that guy MILO i mean to say that Mihm is probably the 4th best center out there???You are speeking with your heart and not with your brain, but i guess you must realy like him.In my oppinion you!!! dont know anything about basketball you can’t say that, not when you got SHAQ-HOWARD-DIRK-YAO-CURRY the list goes on and on so maybe you should watch a little closer when next season start’s.Just a thought man!!!

  • MILO

    PUL (pointing up laughing) i totaly agree with you 24allup inya good name very creative!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.lakers.com Ed

    [quote comment=”12167″]ED, you realy should listen to that guy MILO i mean to say that Mihm is probably the 4th best center out there???You are speeking with your heart and not with your brain, but i guess you must realy like him.In my oppinion you!!! dont know anything about basketball you can’t say that, not when you got SHAQ-HOWARD-DIRK-YAO-CURRY the list goes on and on so maybe you should watch a little closer when next season start’s.Just a thought man!!![/quote]
    You are an absolute moron!!! Dirk is not a center!!! What the f u c k is wrong with you?