I try not to read many Krazitz articles, but I found this one interesting because of doubts I have had in the past about O'Neal. I would hope that I am wrong on this, but wanted to see what other fans thought.
I don't recall Jermaine having serious knee problems early in his career when he playing at a weight of 226lbs. Then I remember him bulking up to 260lbs the season after Brad Miller was traded. I searched but could not find him ever listed at a weight between either of these two, which means that he gained 34lbs in one off-season. This was followed by his several injuries to his knee and sholder, as well as a decline in overall production.
A-Rod said he felt a lot of pressure to prove he deserved his new enormous contract, so he turned to roids as an aid. Young Jermaine may have also felt a great deal of pressure after signing a max deal and being dubbed heir to Reggies leadership role with the Pacers. It doesn't seem unreasonable to me to think that O'Neal may have also turned to steroids in order to boost his performance so he could prove that he deserved the money and being considered a franchise player. (I am not accusing, just saying it wouldn't surprise me)
Performance enhancing drugs in the NBA is something that I have wondered about for while because every other major sport has had problems with steroids, HGH, and/or EPO for several years now. What are your thought?