Great article on JO’s history with the Pacers. This article is aimed towards Pacers fans, and to prepare for a goodbye (and perhaps a hello from Laker-land).

RealGM: It’s been a nice run. Jermaine O’Neal has spent two seasons as the face of the Indiana Pacers, even though he has been their best player for quite some time (Reggie would have remained the face of the team as long as he decided to play). He dealt with a lot of crap, and he did so professionally.

He endured the saga of Ron Artest for much longer than he should, and could have. But even with Artest gone, things got worse. While he was busy rehabbing and preparing for the season last fall, Stephen Jackson and Jamaal Tinsley were busy getting off on the wrong foot at an Indianapolis strip club. O’Neal is one of the game’s best players, although he’s not mentioned in the same sentence as some of the game’s best because of constant injuries.

The offseason has been littered with rumors about Indiana trading Jermaine, for a couple of reasons. The Pacers could look to unload him, and his huge contract, because the chances that he’ll opt out of his deal at the end of the season seem very likely. And Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh realize he doesn’t want to undergo another rebuilding phase. In 2004 he was so close to the NBA Finals that he could taste the Larry O’Brien trophy, he wants more.

And who can blame him?

Continue reading ‘Time to say goodbye’

  • BigD

    [quote post=”722″]Trade #1
    The Lakers send Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Javaris Crittenton and two future first-round picks to the Pacers for Jermaine O’Neal

    This deal is probably the easiest for both teams to approve. Los Angeles gets O’Neal for Kobe, and Indiana gets someone to help keep the team afloat in the short term (Odom) and some pieces to help turn things around quicker (Bynum and Crittenton).

    Trade #2
    The Lakers send Lamar Odom, Kwame Brown, Maurice Evans, Javaris Crittenton and a 2008 first rounder to the Pacers for Jermaine O’Neal and Jamaal Tinsley.

    If the Lakers are going to get Jermaine from Indiana, why not try to send them Tinsley as well? Many people have lost their patience with Tinsley, and if Los Angeles really wants O’Neal – force them to take one of the Pacers’ many bad contracts. If it’s not Tinsley, maybe you deal Mike Dunleavy Jr. or Troy Murphy along with J.O. [/quote]

    Not sure what Andrew Perna was smoking when he wrote this, but he should definitely share with the rest of us.

    Has he been in a coma for the past few months? The Lakers’ FO is obviously not willing to include both Bynum and LO in a trade for JO, which I happen to agree with 100%.

    Now this guy suggests we shoud also include Critt and two futures??? Hell, why not just send them KB while we are at it?

    Personally I’ll take our current team and wait for a better future opportunity as I see a lot of growth potential in our young players this year.

  • schnide

    “Trade #1
    The Lakers send Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Javaris Crittenton and two future first-round picks to the Pacers for Jermaine O’Neal

    This deal is probably the easiest for both teams to approve. Los Angeles gets O’Neal for Kobe, and Indiana gets someone to help keep the team afloat in the short term (Odom) and some pieces to help turn things around quicker (Bynum and Crittenton).

    Trade #2
    The Lakers send Lamar Odom, Kwame Brown, Maurice Evans, Javaris Crittenton and a 2008 first rounder to the Pacers for Jermaine O’Neal and Jamaal Tinsley.

    If the Lakers are going to get Jermaine from Indiana, why not try to send them Tinsley as well? Many people have lost their patience with Tinsley, and if Los Angeles really wants O’Neal – force them to take one of the Pacers’ many bad contracts. If it’s not Tinsley, maybe you deal Mike Dunleavy Jr. or Troy Murphy along with J.O. ”

    what a joke

  • Billy Kupchak

    they somehow have convinced themselves that it’s even possible that the Lakers would give up Bynum & JC AFTER they also get Odom! ~lol~ what a cracked out sports writer, ey? ;)