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    Strange article. I wouldn't normally even post anything from Hoopsworld, but JO is quoted. Have at it:

    http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=8122

    The "Real" Story Behind O'Neal's Injury


    By: Jessica Camerato
    Don't call Jermaine O'Neal injury-prone. Despite recently sitting out 33 games with a knee injury, he doesn't think that term applies to him. He has a better explanation for his time away from the court, one that he purposely kept a secret from the media.

    "It's not even injury prone," O'Neal asserted on Wednesday following his second game back. "It's a situation where I decided to sit out 33 games. It's a situation where I played on a torn meniscus after I tore it and we didn't tell you guys. I asked the staff not to tell anybody about it."

    Secret kept.

    Last April O'Neal underwent season ending surgery to repair a tear in his left knee. He dedicated his summer to rehabilitation and was anxious to get back on to the court. O'Neal was back in the starting lineup in just the second game of this season. By January he was sidelined.

    "I came back this year after the surgery, wanted to get started early," he said. "[I] wound up coming back a tad bit too early and it affected my progress on coming back from surgery."

    O'Neal's eagerness left him stranded on the bench while his team slipped through the cracks of the Eastern Conference. Now the Pacers are four games out of the last spot in the east with seven games remaining. O'Neal's immediate goal is making the playoffs but he knows he has long-term work ahead of him.

    "It's been a hard year for myself and I'm just trying to finish the season, really test the knee out, and try to put this behind me," he said. "I've dealt with it two years in a row. I finally took the time out to do the things I really needed to do to go and get it healthy and get myself prepared for next year."

    As a precaution, O'Neal is limited to 20 minutes a night. He's averaging 10.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in his first two games back and thinks he is helping the Pacers on the defensive end. Now that he's back on the floor, how does O'Neal rate his health?

    "Doesn't matter right now," he said. "Doesn't matter right now."

    Is another secret being kept?
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    Default Re: Hoopsworld > The "Real" Story on O'Neal's Injury

    I don't know about this article. What benefit would there be to JO and the Pacers if they hid the fact that he tore his MCL. Everyone would be more frustrated thinking that he just has a sore leg.

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    1) 'Don't call me injury prone, all I did was secretly tear my meniscus'

    2) When asked about his health, "Doesn't matter right now" x2

    A cruel reminder that we haven't moved on and are still trapped in a bad situation.

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    JO will never be completely healthy again, and will never return to his previous form. Especially since he keeps making the same stupid mistakes over and over again. There is absolutely no good reason for him to be playing right now.

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    hmmm so maybe the "stuff they found" in jamaals knee is being kept secret? all I know is this sucks and JO needs to get himself right. And being limited to 20 mins a night is fine. But if we make the playoffs does that stay like that?
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    beyond any of that, he didn't help us on defense at all the other night against Boston...he continually failed on defending the pick and roll/pick and pop and looked like Andre the giant trying to recover and rotate on defensive switches.

    Jermaine promises every year that he's going to be in Garnett-esque form...somehow though, he always looks slow, lazy, uncoordinated and horribly overpaid whenever they're matched up against one another.
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    JO will never be completely healthy again, and will never return to his previous form. Especially since he keeps making the same stupid mistakes over and over again. There is absolutely no good reason for him to be playing right now.
    Unless the Pacers want him to be seen to be reasonably healthy and well on his way to recovery. If that were the case, he would certainly have more value in a summer trade than if he remained one big question mark.

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    Relying on Hoopsworld for legitimate information about basketball is like relying on Weekly World News for in-depth and evenhanded discussions about the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

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    Didn't we already know he was playing on a bum knee last spring?
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    I don't know about this article. What benefit would there be to JO and the Pacers if they hid the fact that he tore his MCL. Everyone would be more frustrated thinking that he just has a sore leg.
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    MCL stands for medial collateral ligament.
    He tore his meniscus which is a c-shaped structure inside the knee.
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    JO will never be completely healthy again, and will never return to his previous form.
    Which is exactly what I said about Baron Davis and Grant Hill.
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    MCL stands for medial collateral ligament.
    He tore his meniscus which is a c-shaped structure inside the knee.

    WOW I never knew that. Thanks doctor.

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    Relying on Hoopsworld for legitimate information about basketball is like relying on Weekly World News for in-depth and evenhanded discussions about the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
    I thought Hoopsworld articles were written by extraterrestials.

    Seriously, why would O'Neal divulge this to a nobody writer for a nothing website, yet keep real journalists for real media outlets in the dark?

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    Jessica Camerato is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association and has covered the NBA for HOOPSWORLD for two years, powering HOOPSWORLD.COM and HOOPSWORLD Magazine.
    Not that I want to stick up for Hoopsworld (I only saw it because it was on Hoopshype), but one would hope a member of the PBWA wouldn't make up quotes.
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    Yeah we knew his knee was "fixed"

    I just wished he had sit out at the start of the season, if he knew his knee was bad.
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    Default Re: Hoopsworld > The "Real" Story on O'Neal's Injury

    I thought the torn meniscus was from the 05-06 season. This certainly isn't new information.

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    Seriously, why would O'Neal divulge this to a nobody writer for a nothing website, yet keep real journalists for real media outlets in the dark?





    'Cause she has a nice smile?
    Because she's the first reporter to ask the question since he decided to talk about it?
    Because Bob Kravitz was too busy to take JO's call?
    It could be lots of reasons.
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    Relying on Hoopsworld for legitimate information about basketball is like relying on Weekly World News for in-depth and evenhanded discussions about the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
    Hey, watch it! Weekly World News consistently scoops all the science and astronomy sources pertaining to all things extraterrestrial!
    But seriously folks, is there a reason that JO and the Pacers would hide a legitimate injury? I'm not going to think any less of him.

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    I don't think there has to be a reason other than JO didn't want people to know.

    Like I've said since the beginning, privacy laws are set to ensure one's privacy. If JO told the trainers, and the Pacers Org. that he didn't want anything told to the public, then legally they can't say a word.

    He has the right to keep his medical history out of the public eye. If he wants to exercise that right, then there is nothing we can do about it.

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    Not that I want to stick up for Hoopsworld (I only saw it because it was on Hoopshype), but one would hope a member of the PBWA wouldn't make up quotes.
    Does that membership require anything other than paying yearly dues?

    Heck, we should all sign up for memberships. Its only $20 per year!


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    Does that membership require anything other than paying yearly dues?

    Heck, we should all sign up for memberships. Its only $20 per year!


    http://apse.dallasnews.com/dec2004/16-17pbwa.html
    Yes.

    http://www.insidehoops.com/pro-baske...ociation.shtml

    Though, it looks like we could apply to the membership committee on a case by case basis, but Hicks would have to pay us first.
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    Yes.

    http://www.insidehoops.com/pro-baske...ociation.shtml

    Though, it looks like we could apply to the membership committee on a case by case basis, but Hicks would have to pay us first.
    Wait, you're not getting paid?

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    Wait, you're not getting paid?
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