A couple questions on Jermaine O'Neal: I love his game but he's also a frustrating player to watch sometimes, like an SF in a center's body. He's got a great shooting touch and blocks like crazy, but seems to hate all the shoving in the post. What's with that? You beat on him some earlier this week for complaining about his team, which was a tacky thing for him to do. But O'Neal does work with some certifiable knuckleheads while he's been quite classy as he's literally grown up in the spotlight. How much of this "disgruntled player" stuff is manufactured by bored reporters with inches to fill and not much to say about a .500 team during the regular season? --Chris R., Chicago
With all the talk about Garnett, he may be the one to be traded because it seems clear the Pacers are close to breaking up their team. The big problem with O'Neal is the way you opened: He should be a power post player, but he doesn't like the contact. He prefers to wander outside and shoot jumpers. You don't need an $18 million power forward to do that. It's probably the big reason why the Pacers never have gone far in the playoffs with him despite that great talent. So they get rid of another of the knuckleheads in Stephen Jackson and I heard O'Neal was fine with letting Harrington go because Harrington was clogging things up for him in his 15-foot range and then O'Neal complains about the team being close and now having to start over. He's a guy who always seems to be upset with something, though he is not a major distraction. It's frustrating for a team and I wouldn't be surprised if the Pacers quietly begin taking bids on him.