ESPN: While standing at midcourt Sunday, Jermaine O’Neal is feted by kids in purple-and-gold jerseys, mobbed by media, and wooed by celebrities like Brandy and Snoop Dogg. For the Pacers’ power forward, this is a taste of life as a baller in L.A.

And O’Neal wants more.

He wants to be a Laker.

Speaking at Baron Davis and Paul Pierce’s annual L.A. Stars charity basketball game at USC’s Galen Center, O’Neal says he’d like for Indiana to trade him to L.A.

“It’s time for me to move on,” he said. “And the Lakers are the team I want Indiana to trade me to.”

O’Neal added that he has made his intentions clear to Pacers management over the course of several offseason conversations.

“I love Indiana and the fans and we have a lot of nice young talent,” he said, “but obviously [the Pacers are] in a situation now where they’re rebuilding. I told them I can’t be in a rebuilding mode right now. I’m at a point in my career where I can’t wait another five years to contend. I’m not in a position physically to take in five years of losses and downtime.”

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  • Sako32

    Mitch, bring us JO, and JO, if you’re reading this come to the Lakers, you’ll be treated like a baller

  • http://myspace.com/crunklilgangsta LiL_K

    JO is gunna b a laker

    Fo sho

  • magicbalala245

    JO is coming to town but the song that makes smile is na na na na na na hey hey good bye and all pacers fans singing that is music to my ear

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 dark_ice18

    seriously if Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss and whomever are controlling the FO do not get this done this time. I will make sure Mitch Kupchack gets a huge bullseye on his head and call it “open season”. I mean this is unbelievable. I don’t blame Kupchack for not getting KG. Seriously McHale and his faithful Celtics blood truly can’t overcome the old glory days. But for his overall performance is just atrocious. He wasn’t that great in the NBA and he’s not great at all as a GM. Mitch doesn’t know how to make deals even if his life depended on it. As someone said he really doesn’t have the testicular fortitude to make something great happen. Get Jermaine O’Neal now while everything is handed to you. Get rid of Bynum and get O’Neal. Seriously. I think Mitch has got to be sick with himself for not making deals and he knows it. He’s actually fighting within himself to make deals happen. That’s how hard it is for him. Everytime he goes on a interview and someone asks him questions about possible trades. His answer, “tampering rules can’t talk about it” or says, “maybe we’ll see, against tampering rules” blah blah blah all general not decisive answers. He’s a true loser. and we don’t need losers in Los Angeles. We seriously need to ship Mitch Kupchack out

  • k0be da 1 andonly

    JO Is FUTURE LAKER in ABOUT 1 or 2 WEEKS , if not TOMMOROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gugy

    JO will save the Lakers from losing Kobe.
    Yes Kobe will not be that happy at first, but as the season goes on he will change his mind as the team start winning major games. I would bring JO ASAP and if we are lucky maybe Artest or C Webb too.
    But just JO at this point is mandatory.

    Cupcake makes this happen, if not you can count you will be fired alongside Jim Buss, because if we lose Kobe the franchise will crumble for many years to come.
    Are you listening Jerry Buss?

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 dark_ice18

    it’s in the league rules that a team can’t trade two concurrent first round picks (unless one of the first rounders was acquired from another team). As far as crittendon is concerned, i think that for the first time since kobe demanded to be traded, the lakers have some leverage thanks to JO saying he wants to be a laker and even threatening to opt out in a year if he isn’t traded out of rebuilding hell. For this reason i think the paces will take whatever young player we are willing to give up, and in my mind that should not include crittendon over farmar.

  • Justin M.

    Mitch is no great GM by any means necessary, but at the same time it takes two to make a trade happen. If Larry doesn’t want to give JO to the Lakers for a reasonable price(without loosing Odom) then there is nothing Mitch or the Buss family can do about it. We might not like the Buss Family or Mitch but they are Lakers and we should put the little trust we have in them and hope Larry Bird will help us get over the hump.

  • http://www.youtube.com/darkice18 dark_ice18

    Why does Bird want Odom anyways? He wouldn’t necessarily fit in their rebuilding process in Indiana. I bet the Pacers would trade Odom soon after acquiring him just so they could get more young players and picks.

    Bird is obviously lying about the details of the trade.

  • cyrus

    MAGIC JOHNSON INTERVIEW

    Magic says he’s disappointed we didn’t get KG but he said “I am sure we can get somebody else”

    Here is the interview with Magic:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba

    Just click on Magic’s photo middle of the page.

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    Here is my new 3-way trade

    Nets:

    Radmonivic
    Brown

    Pacers:

    Bynum
    Jefferson
    Farmer

    Lakers(us):

    JO
    and hopeffuly Webber will sign there after.

    Fisher/Critt/Karl
    Bryant/Evans/Vujavic
    Odom/Walton/Cook
    JO/Tariaf/Webber
    Mihm/PJBrown :)

  • franchise98bn

    I can’t wait……..for Mitch to mess this trade up. How many more times does he have to mess up before we fire him???

  • schnide

    [quote comment="11002"]Here is my new 3-way trade

    Nets:

    Radmonivic
    Brown

    Pacers:

    Bynum
    Jefferson
    Farmer

    Lakers(us):

    JO
    and hopeffuly Webber will sign there after.

    Fisher/Critt/Karl
    Bryant/Evans/Vujavic
    Odom/Walton/Cook
    JO/Tariaf/Webber
    Mihm/PJBrown :)[/quote]

    brown and radman for rj? you kiddin? they’re not gonna take that

  • schnide

    not that i wouldn’t like it of course ;)

  • billyboy

    we must keep odom

  • kingkb24

    [quote comment="10970"]JO is gunna b a laker

    Fo sho[/quote]

    dats wat we sed about kg