Will Jermaine O'Neal lead the Pacers to an NBA championship during his 126 million dollar contract? If he doesn't he was not worth the money.
When you pay a player 126 million, you're paying him to win you a championship. Everyone knows that Jermaine will always be a 20/10/2 block guy in the regular season, which is nice and all, but he is getting 126 million dollars. The only way you can validate a 126 million dollar contract is if you lead a team to a championship.
The Pacers will never have a team that is so deep at every position like the Pistons, because they have Jermaine signed to a 126 million dollar contract. So in order for the Pacers to beat the Pistons in a series, Jermaine is going to have to rise up to the next level and lead the team to victory. 126 million is a boatload to pay, and means that the Pacers don't have as much flexibility as other teams. Jermaine getting 126 million makes me believe that him and management think that he can lead the Pacers to a title.
61 wins...central division banners....those don't mean anything at all. You don't pay a guy to lead you through the reg season, it's all about the playoffs. If Jermaine never leads the Pacers to a championship, signing him to 126 million wasn't worth it.
I know that J.O. is a player that will always rack up big stats in the reg season, and I know he was injured in the playoffs, but I still have my doubts to whether he can lead the Pacers to an NBA title.