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Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

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  • Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

    http://www.indystar.com/article/2012...TS04/121228041

    Jermaine O’Neal spent eight seasons playing for the Indiana Pacers. He made the playoffs six times in those eight seasons. He was selected to five All-Star Games and was a Most Valuable Player candidate one year.

    That was more than four years ago.

    But when he does retire, which could be any year now for the 34-year-old veteran, he wants to retire as a Pacer.

    O’Neal was back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday as a backup center with the Phoenix Suns.

    “I would be honored if the organization would allow me to (retire with them), the city allowed me to do that,” O’Neal said. “I can go anywhere in the world and people recognize me from my Pacers days. My heart and soul is here, and if I can get an opportunity to retire as a Pacer that would be fantastic.”

    The only thing O’Neal didn’t ?accomplish during his time with the Pacers was win an NBA title.

    The Pacers reached the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004 where they lost to the Detroit Pistons.

    O’Neal was traded to the Toronto Raptors in 2008.

    After stops with the Raptors, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, O’Neal signed with the Suns during the offseason.

    He said he doesn’t know how many more years he plans to play, but the days of signing with title-contending teams are behind him.

    “I’m taking it year to year, baby,” O’Neal said. “I’m not going to chase a championship, that’s the reason why I signed here. I just want to go somewhere and have fun. The spirit here is great, we’re not where we want to be with the record. It’s a great atmosphere and makes you feel young all over again.”

    Young sidelined
    The Pacers were short a player on the wing for the second straight game.

    Swingman Sam Young missed Friday’s game with the flu. It’s uncertain if he’ll play tonight against the Hawks in Atlanta.

    The Pacers couldn’t turn to rookie Orlando Johnson as the fourth wing because he was in Fort Wayne with the Mad Ants, Indiana’s D-League affiliate.

    Vogel elected to go with a three-man wing rotation of Paul George, Lance Stephenson and Gerald Green, who missed last weekend’s game at New Orleans with a sprained ankle.

    Working on things
    The postponement of Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Bulls gave the Pacers five days in between games and three practice days.

    The extra day allowed the Pacers to work on their zone offense ?because the Suns used it and the Hawks will likely play some tonight.

    “You always worry about guys staying sharp and having a little rust, but we haven’t had a prolonged sequence where we haven’t been playing,” Vogel said.

    Call Star reporter Mike Wells at (317) 444-6053 .
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    Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

    Originally posted by BornReady View Post
    http://www.indystar.com/article/2012...TS04/121228041

    I can go anywhere in the world and people recognize me from my Pacers days.
    How true do you think it is that O'Neal is recognizable around the world? Maybe to basketball fans in the U.S., but around the world? I think maybe he is taking a bit of liberty with that.

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      Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

      Originally posted by Tom White View Post
      How true do you think it is that O'Neal is recognizable around the world? Maybe to basketball fans in the U.S., but around the world? I think maybe he is taking a bit of liberty with that.
      I think maybe you're splitting a few hairs.
      Time for a new sig.

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        Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

        I don't even mean this as a negative (or positive), but you have to think that a big portion of JO being recognized as a Pacer also includes the Brawl. Of all the images of the Pacers from that era that people around the world saw a lot of, #1 has to be replays of the brawl. Ron, Jack and JO are definitely linked to the Pacers through those images foremost.

        I'm happy he identifies with the Pacers and pleased (if true) to hear that he purposely avoid title chasing to just sign someplace that would make him happy. But of Ron, JO and Jack, JO has had the fewest moments of fame post-brawl to help make people forget it. Jack has had some bad moments since then, but he's also had the GSW upset and a nice run with Charlotte for one year. Ron, nuts as he continues to be, has had glory moments with the Lakers. JO has just mostly been in the background since Indy.

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          Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

          I'd love to have him back here off our bench. PHX is spinning it's wheels right now, wonder if they would part with JO/Dudley for some cap space, Green, and a pick.

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            Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

            Can't believe I'm saying this, but I would love if the Pacers brought him back at the deadline this year. Yes, I loathe his sort of egotistical "I'll dominate again" persona, but it would be cool to see him finnish in a Pacers uni. Maybe even a bit of closure for what could of been. And he looked good last night (I hated when he blocked Hibby). I would only be concerned that JO can only stay healthy in PHX.

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              Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

              If JO comes back here for a few playoff runs, does his jersey get retired?

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                Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

                Never blamed JO for the brawl at all, but yes, he's one of the poster boys for it. In fact, JO is unique in that he is both a Brawler and a JailBlazer. Spending half of the time in a suit the last few years of his Pacer tenure, JO is also known as a very much overpaid player along the same lines as Elton Brand. These are the things the rest of the world sees.

                The reality is, even with all that talent, the JO era teams didn't accomplish much. They didn't have good chemistry. They lost in the 1st round 4 times, lost in the 2nd round once and lost in the ECF once. They didn't even make it to the playoffs his last two years as a Pacer, right in his prime. Great player for a few years, but these are his real accomplishments and they pale in comparison to the notoriety he got with the brawl.
                Lance is finally home. Whether he becomes our starting PG or he's 6th man, he's getting big minutes and he's here to stay. #llortontnia

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                  Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

                  Originally posted by billbradley View Post
                  If JO comes back here for a few playoff runs, does his jersey get retired?
                  JO was one of my favorites. I have his bobble head. There is no way his jersey gets retired.
                  Lance is finally home. Whether he becomes our starting PG or he's 6th man, he's getting big minutes and he's here to stay. #llortontnia

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                    Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

                    JO was an NBA All Star more than any other Pacer so guessing casual fans would know him from that. I'd love to see JO back as a Pacer as an active player' In my opinion his #7 should be retired when he is done playing weither he ever plays as a Pacer again or not.

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                      Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

                      I love Jermaine as a player and he's still one of my favorites. I'd be happy if he got to finish his career here as a Pacer and it seems it'd really give him peace of heart as well if he were able to. He's actually being fairly productive for Phoenix all things considered, and I certainly wouldn't be opposed to having that off our bench.

                      But yea, I don't think he's good enough to have his jersey retired, unless we do get him him, and he carries us to win.
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                        Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

                        Originally posted by billbradley View Post
                        If JO comes back here for a few playoff runs, does his jersey get retired?
                        No.

                        We've clearly set a very strict standard for retiring jerseys given that Reggie is the only NBA Pacer with a retired jersey. Smits, Jackson, and D. Davis were far more popular figures than J.O. ever was. I realize JO's six all-star appearances dwarf the combined two that those three had here (1 each for Smits and Davis), but those three guys were vital cogs on teams that went on deep playoff runs and even made the NBA Finals. We really only had one great season with JO, 03-04. We were eliminated in the first round four times (01, 02, 03, 06) and missed the playoffs twice (07, 08). We did make it to the second round in 05, but that year was obviously marred by the brawl. Plus it was Reggie and Stephen Jackson who were really carrying that team down the stretch. JO was hurt in early March and didn't come back until the very end of the season. The Dale Davis addition helped a lot too.

                        JO was a very good player, but he didn't do enough to warrant having his uni hang with Reggie and the ABA greats, IMHO.
                        Last edited by Sollozzo; 12-29-2012, 01:45 PM.

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                          Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

                          I don't know about retiring his jersey #, but I don't see why it would be too unreasonable to allow him to sign a one day contract and retire as a Pacer when he eventually calls it quits.

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                            Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

                            Originally posted by PR07 View Post
                            I don't know about retiring his jersey #, but I don't see why it would be too unreasonable to allow him to sign a one day contract and retire as a Pacer when he eventually calls it quits.

                            How often does that even happen in the NBA? Seems like its more of an NFL thing, if I'm not mistaken.

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                              Re: Pacers notebook: Jermaine O'Neal is a Pacer at heart

                              Originally posted by Sollozzo View Post
                              No.

                              We've clearly set a very strict standard for retiring jerseys given that Reggie is the only NBA Pacer with a retired jersey. Smits, Jackson, and D. Davis were far more popular figures than J.O. ever was. I realize JO's six all-star appearances dwarf the combined two that those three had here (1 each for Smits and Davis), but those three guys were vital cogs on teams that went on deep playoff runs and even made the NBA Finals. We really only had one great season with JO, 03-04. We were eliminated in the first round four times (01, 02, 03, 06) and missed the playoffs twice (07, 08). We did make it to the second round in 05, but that year was obviously marred by the brawl. Plus it was Reggie and Stephen Jackson who were really carrying that team down the stretch. JO was hurt in early March and didn't come back until the very end of the season. The Dale Davis addition helped a lot too.

                              JO was a very good player, but he didn't do enough to warrant having his uni hang with Reggie and the ABA greats, IMHO.
                              I know this is the answer, but that 3rd in MVP voting year and the fact that he was the most popular athlete in the state for awhile makes me think.

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