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    No. I say we send Shade out again to buy it.

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    No. I say we send Shade out again to buy it.

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    The gauntlet has been laid down... who will step up ?

    Why Not Us ?


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    ME!



    ehhh...not really.

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    I wanna get it........

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    oooh NICE pic!

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    I gotta go get that issue!!!!

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    I thought an article from this issue was posted two weeks ago?

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    Run Shade Run

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    Thanks Reggie looks like you can read it online
    http://www.dimemag.com/feature.asp?id=1935

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    Jermaine O'Neal | Hustle & Flow

    The iron gates to Jermaine O’Neal’s driveway yawn open. Lamborghini. Ferrari. Rolls. Phantom. Range. “The Fleet,” as Jermaine would later affectionately refer to them, is out in the afternoon sun being washed and waxed.

    Inside the gates, everything – the cars, the pool, the workout room, the home movie theater – is serene and perfect and spotless; like some kind of MTV Cribs Shangri-la. Beds are made. Couch cushions are arranged. Sneakers are lined up neatly outside the door (no kicks allowed in the house); everything inside is polished and sparkling.

    Out in the backyard, all is quiet, save for the low gentle gurgle of water spilling off the edge of the infinity pool. Jermaine sidles up just as softly and looks over the expanse of his property. “You know what’s funny?” he asks. “I never even come out here. This is mostly all for my daughter.” He motions back to his house. “Everything I would ever need is in there. I really don’t ever have to leave. It’s perfect.”

    There’s a reason why Jermaine chose to build his fortress of solitude in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis. There’s a reason why he had the electronic iron gates erected in front of his driveway. There’s a reason why he asks you to take your shoes off before entering his home and why everything is so immaculately kept. Within these walls, Jermaine can control everything. His world is in order; it all makes sense and everything has it place and is safe. This is his sanctuary.

    Father. Protector. Basketball player. That, in order, best and simply sums up Jermaine O’Neal. Fierce when he feels himself or his family is threatened, his instincts direct him to do whatever it takes to keep them protected. The gates went up shortly after he first arrived in Indiana, when people started following him home from practice and games, sometimes pulling right up into his driveway to accost him and his family. “When it was just me here, it wasn’t a big deal because I’m a big guy and I can take care of myself,” he says. “But now that my daughter stays with me? I can’t afford to take any chances with her safety.”

    There is actually a “safe room” in Jermaine’s house. Think Batcave. On the far side of his movie theater, there’s a spot on the wall where if you push it just right, a hidden door swings open to reveal a tiny reinforced room that can be locked from the inside. It’s smallish and bare, and in non-crisis time doubles as a poker room for Jermaine and his Pacers teammates, complete with walls splashed with a cartoonish mural that pays homage to the icons of Las Vegas – Wayne Newton, Siegfried & Roy and The Strip.

    Admittedly, Jermaine’s natural instinct to protect those close to him led to him being such a prime player in what has come to be known now simply as “The Brawl.” Millions have seen the replays of the madness that went down the night of November 19 in Detroit. Amidst the chaos of players fighting with fans is the now infamous footage of Jermaine flying into the screen to launch, and land, a haymaker on one of the many fans who had come onto the court to take part in the lunacy.

    It seems such a far cry from the person taking us on a tour of his home. There isn’t a hint of uncorked anger or rage in the O’Neal who today. He’s accommodating and polite, if a little low-key, continually offering water, juice and food to his visitors. He’s wearing a Reggie Miller retro jersey, really the only one from an impressive collection that he still wears these days. “Reggie is what I strive to be,” Jermaine says. “I can really only hope to be half the player or person that he is.”

    That November night in Detroit, Jermaine, like so many other players and fans, just lost control. He saw his teammates in danger and in an indirect way, felt that his family was in danger too, and he reacted like a lion would if his cubs were threatened. “Listen, nobody, no one person, should have to bear the burden of that situation in Detroit,” Jermaine says. “I never shied away from what I did. I welcomed my punishment with open hands. As the leader of my team though, the most difficult part of my job is to make sure my team acts a certain way, plays a certain way … and I have to make sure they’re safe.

    “I know what I did was wrong. But look at it this way: What if I was stabbed? I didn’t know what that guy was going to do. He came out on the court with his hands raised. Is that same fan going to take care of my family if something had happened to me? If I was put in that same position, I would do that exact same thing again. I would serve my time again. I just can’t understand why someone would want to harm you over a basketball game. It just doesn’t make sense.”

    Jermaine’s role in the incident cost him much – a 25-game suspension without pay (that was later reduced to 15 games), and his character, along with everyone else’s who was involved in the incident, was maligned by just about everybody during a year that was the darkest of his career.

    “One day shouldn’t determine your life,” Jermaine says. “I don’t think any one situation should. I really believe that. Thank God that the people around me – my family and my marketing people – they never wavered once in their support for me.”

    During his suspension, Jermaine retreated to his sanctuary and was scarcely seen outside its walls until it was time for him to return to the team. He watched, helplessly, as a skeletal version of his team struggled to win games with at times, only seven or eight players in uniform. When he did come back, the struggles continued. He severely injured his shoulder but gutted it out in the playoffs, battling in vain, with really only one good arm, against the Pistons in the second round.

    “Signs come to you in all sorts of ways,” Jermaine says. “I remember before last year, a guy, a complete stranger, came up to me on the street and said to me, ‘This is going to be the most challenging year of your career.’ And that’s all he said. He walked away right after that. I didn’t think much about it at the time. Then a week later I hurt my foot. I get back, six, seven games later, The Brawl happens. I come back and after the All-Star break, I hurt my shoulder – tore it in three places. It was only when I was in the middle of all that stuff did I think of that guy telling me that.

    “I look back and it was such a down year for me. Numbers-wise, it was the best ever for me (Jermaine’s 24.3 points per game average was a career high). But it was still just awful. I struggled a lot mentally – injuries, the suspension, having to watch from the sidelines. I just wasn’t happy. But even in the darkest time, I thought to myself, ‘If I can’t endure tougher things than this, I can’t endure success.’ I know that success brings so many good and bad things. You have to be strong enough to deal with the bad. Where I am right now, the way I have changed – it started that night in Detroit.

    “It helped me to re-focus,” Jermaine continues. “I’m coming back with a chip on my shoulder. As much as I was hurting, it was important to me that I never showed any weakness during everything … But you know what? People are still trying to penalize us. It takes two to tango, you know? People never want to let go of it. That’s why Rick [Carlisle] didn’t win Coach of the Year. People didn’t want to see us in the playoffs. Everyone talks about the Pistons’ story and how they overcame so much. It’s almost comical. Overcame so much? It’s like, ‘No you didn’t.’ We lost 10 more games than they did and we didn’t have our starting lineup out there once.”

    If ever there was time for Jermaine to show that he is prepared to truly lead the Pacers, now is that time. Heading into the season, Indiana is stacked. Jermaine, arguably the best forward in the East, is fully healthy. Ron Artest is back from his season-long suspension. The team got unbelievably lucky when New Mexico senior swingman Danny Granger inexplicably fell to them at No. 17 in the draft (he had been rumored to go as high as No.3), and they won a heated battle to sign free agent guard Sarunas Jasikevicius, widely regarded as the best player in Europe over the last few seasons. And with Reggie Miller gone, this is now Jermaine’s team.

    “I think he grew up quickly last year,” says Pacers CEO and President Donnie Walsh. “And now with Reggie no longer here, Jermaine now has a great deal of responsibility with that role [as leader]. He’s already found out that when you get to that position you have to give a lot to get the best out of people.

    “I think he can be a great leader because he saw what Reggie did. For 20 years, Reggie practiced hard and he played hard. And maybe most importantly, Jermaine learned a lot about how to run a locker room.”

    Jasikevicius says that a large part of his decision to sign with Indiana came when he got a call from Jermaine this summer. “I spoke with Jermaine when I was still undecided, so when he called me, it was kind of a recruiting thing,” Sarunas says. “When he called, he was basically saying how excited he was for this season and how I could fit in and help a team that was able to be successful last season even with everything that they had going on. He wanted to me to know this season would be even better. It just gave me a good feeling about him and the team.”

    There’s a memorabilia room in Jermaine’s house, just off from his kitchen and living room, that pays homage to professionals sports’ greatest athletes. “You have to either be in a Hall of Fame or have Hall of Fame credentials to get in,” O’Neal says. There are signed jerseys from Isiah and Bird, an autographed football from Jim Brown and the pair of kicks that Mike wore in his last All-Star game. “I told Mike that he had to give them to me or else I was going to figure some way to take them,” laughs Jermaine.

    Among the memorabilia, there is also a fountain pen set in a glass case. It’s the same one he used to ink his seven-year, $126 million contract with the Pacers in 2003 and there’s an inscription on the case that reads, “The $100 Million Pen.” A symbol to show off his massive pay day? No, says Jermaine. “I cried tears of joy that day. Because of this contract, I can take care of my daughter and my family and my relatives – all of them – for a long, long time. I want to be able to take care of everybody,” he says. “My mother asks me, ‘Why do you want to endure so much?’ That’s easy. If you take the centerpiece out of all the building blocks, the whole thing will collapse. I am that centerpiece. I believe in me. I will deal with everything that comes my way head on.”

    As the self-proclaimed “centerpiece” of both his family and his team, do those around him ever fear that Jermaine is trying to put too much on his slender shoulders? “Yes, of course,” Walsh says. “But I also think he goes about it the right way where he just tries to do the right thing every day. I definitely don’t want him to feel like he has to try to win every game all by himself every night.”

    When asked about all of the pressure and expectations he puts on himself, Jermaine doesn’t seem worried. “The only person who understands what I go through is me,” he says. “Not my mom, not my friends, no psychiatrist. If you’re always looking for help, you’ll never be able to help yourself.”

    The day is done and Jermaine is headed out to go pick up his daughter from a friend’s house. He goes around and shakes everyone’s hand – writer, photographer, photo assistants – and thanks them for visiting. Someone wishes Jermaine good luck.

    “Thank you,” he says. “I’m just waiting for better days.”

    And when will that be?

    “That better day is not here yet,” he replies as he disappears into his house. “I’ll let you know when it is.”

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    thanks for postin it!

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    Hopefully Shade won't get that far down before he leaves. :
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    I like how he was wearin a Retro Reg jersey!

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    great article

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    There is actually a “safe room” in Jermaine’s house. Think Batcave. On the far side of his movie theater, there’s a spot on the wall where if you push it just right, a hidden door swings open to reveal a tiny reinforced room that can be locked from the inside. It’s smallish and bare, and in non-crisis time doubles as a poker room for Jermaine and his Pacers teammates, complete with walls splashed with a cartoonish mural that pays homage to the icons of Las Vegas – Wayne Newton, Siegfried & Roy and The Strip.
    Man, what a stupid reporter.
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    As much as I was hurting, it was important to me that I never showed any weakness during everything
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    Found more pics from the magazine----ISSUE #20





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    Ron Artest wearing a Foster jersey.

    That's hilarious.
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    Ron Artest wearing a Foster jersey.

    That's hilarious.
    lol wow that was too funny!

    thanks for the pics!

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