View Full Version : JO flip-flopping (ESPN)

01-21-2008, 03:47 PM
PHILADELPHIA -- Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3120) called sitting out the season with a bruised left knee a "worst-case scenario" and refused to put a timetable on his return.

"I don't know when I'm coming back," O'Neal said before Monday's game against Philadelphia.

The Pacers said Saturday that O'Neal would miss at least two weeks. And O'Neal acknowledged before the game that he might have rushed back too soon from offseason knee surgery.

"Missing the season is a worst-case scenario," O'Neal said Monday.

But he told The Indianapolis Star for Monday's edition that he was willing to sit out the rest of the season, calling it the "prime option for me."

O'Neal planned to visit specialists in New York or Los Angeles for additional evaluation.

Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said he expected O'Neal to return and help Indiana chase the final East playoff spot. Indiana (18-23) began Monday a half-game behind New Jersey (18-22) for eighth in the Eastern Conference standings.

"Our medical people think it's a minimum of two weeks," O'Brien said. "They fully expect him to play this year."

A six-time All-Star, O'Neal is averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks this season, but he has missed eight games and barely practiced the last two or three weeks. Over the past 3 1/2 seasons, O'Neal has missed 90 games due to injuries, illnesses and suspensions.

"I've played at a very average level because of the pain, because of the swelling," O'Neal said.

He said he was surprised he has not fully recovered from last April's knee surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage.

O'Neal even apologized to the Pacers for stepping away from basketball to recover.

"I'm not helping the team at the level I'm used to helping," he said.

01-21-2008, 04:07 PM
Yeah the Philly broadcaster mentioned this during the 1st quarter

01-21-2008, 04:43 PM
Now my reaction to this is the exact opposite of what it was to the other article.

I can think of nothing worse than J.O. leapfrogging in and out of the lineup all year long. No matter how good or poor he plays or that he doesn't even practice, O'Briens tough talk about everybody earning a position is just thrown out the window. J.O. starts and no matter who you are if you've gone great or sucked it doesn't matter you are going to the bench for a couple of weeks till J.O. once again goes down with injury.

Look, I'm ok if he sits out a month or two then comes back, but for God's sake let's not go every two weeks with this nonsense.

01-21-2008, 05:42 PM
That's exactly what I called JOB out on during his Jan 10th radio show. To me, it just didn't make sense to keep plugging JO back and forth in the lineup knowing he's not able to practise regularly w/his injury. I fully appreciate his importance to the team although most Pacers fans do not. Hence, the reason I'd much rather see him sit or come off the bench in limited play than to keep up w/this yo-yo rotation game JOB's been playing with him.

Since the injury won't require more surgery (as of today), I'm all for sitting him and spreading the minutes among three of our Bigs - Foster, Murphy and Ike - until he returns 100% whether that's in two weeks, or two months.

As to the "flip-flopping" comment, I don't think so. In both IndyStar articles and the one by ESPN, JO said he's be willing to sit out the season if that's what it took to get his knee healed. This article isn't saying anything different. The tone might be a little lighter, but the essence of what JO said remains the same. He'll come back only when he's 100% and won't have take pills or injections in order to play. Can't say I blame him. Don't know about anyone else out there, but I know what it's like to live with physical pain.

My sob story: Fractured my right hand over 1-yr ago around Thanksgiving 2006. To this day it still aches everyday. I work with my hands. So, I can imagine how JO must feel.

01-21-2008, 05:47 PM
I'm sorry, but anybody who didn't see this coming just hasn't been paying attention. That's why I find his timing very suspect.

01-21-2008, 06:03 PM
Jermaine will probably be on a different team next time he suits up.

01-21-2008, 08:06 PM
With all the stuff that's happened with our injured players the last few years, I thinking the Pacers medical staff is a bunch of incompetent fouls.

I agree with everyone that thinks it's best for JO and the Pacers for him to sit out the rest of the season.

01-21-2008, 08:18 PM
he figures hey if i can salvage some trade value and get the hell out of here then i'm going to do it. And my value will be so low that the team i go to won't have to give up their stars for me! just like he wanted...LOL

Trader Joe
01-21-2008, 08:46 PM
Jermaine will probably be on a different team next time he suits up.


01-21-2008, 09:23 PM
Wow. Benderesque. Shoot, ok not that bad but da-umn.

01-21-2008, 11:24 PM
If there is one big thing about JO is that he is a tough guy when it comes to injuries. He is a warrior and his body has broken down a bit. I can understand his not wanting to be on painkillers and take those cortizone shots. I did that through my last year and a half in the military and have to take vicodin to this day.

01-22-2008, 09:25 AM
I think it is in both the team's and JO's best interests to have him sit and get healed up. If he gets healthy and plays the last couple months as the JO of old, then his trade value goes up over the summer, or at worst, we go into next season with him surrounded by players that gained experience while he was gone.

NapTonius Monk
01-22-2008, 09:12 PM
Jermaine will probably be on a different team next time he suits up.

Can he be traded if he's injured? How does that work?