HoopsHype Jermaine O'Neal rumors

July 14, 2014 Updates

Myers, who said he would like to sign two more players, is also interested in bringing back center Jermaine O’Neal. “We like those two guys because we know ‘em a little bit,” Myers said. “We’ve had them in the organization. It’s nice to bring back players that you know and have been around. Both those guys are great guys.” Contra Costa Times

“That was a difficult for him as you know to leave Dallas and his family,” Myers said of playing last season instead of retiring to his offseason residence. “But I’ve talked to him a couple of times. We keep in touch. He’s still deliberating what he wants to do, and I told him we’d stay in touch as to what we want to do.” Contra Costa Times

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Marc J. Spears: GS C Jermaine O'Neal is expected to take his time deciding whether to keep playing or retire. Still loves game but yearns to be with family. Jermaine O'Neal, 35, showed he can still be effective with averages of 7.9 pts & 5.5 rbs with good spot starts.JO loved playing for Warriors Twitter

May 4, 2014 Updates

Marc J. Spears: GS C Jermaine O'Neal is expected to take his time deciding whether to keep playing or retire. Still loves game but yearns to be with family. Jermaine O'Neal, 35, showed he can still be effective with averages of 7.9 pts & 5.5 rbs with good spot starts.JO loved playing for Warriors Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

May 3, 2014 Updates

Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal said he planned to play Saturday in Game 7 against the Los Angeles Clippers after an MRI exam revealed a bone bruise in his right kneecap. O'Neal said he had yet to run since getting injured in Thursday's 100-99 win in Game 6 on a collision with the Clippers' Glen Davis. But after taking medication and receiving a painkilling injection, he said he would probably wear a knee brace and play through pain he currently felt. Contra Costa Times

May 2, 2014 Updates

"You get the feel that no matter what happens, our coach won't be our coach next year," Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal said after the win. "You just get that feel. But we are willing to give all we've got for this group, for that coach, and hopefully whatever that will and whatever we've given is good enough to take us as far as we should go." USA Today Sports

May 1, 2014 Updates

Doc Rivers alternated between big compliments and little jabs about Jermaine O’Neal. Just moments before Game 2 of the Los Angeles Clippers–Golden State Warriors first-round matchup, Rivers considered recent Boston history. “I don’t know if you remember the series the year before we signed J.O. — he was with Miami and we played them in the playoffs,” Rivers said. “He went oh-fer in the series. Literally, I don’t think he made a basket.1 He was struggling with his knees when we got him. [Initially] he wanted to do what we asked him to do, [but] then toward the end, he wanted to score more, obviously. That’s human nature. Then I guess he went to Germany with Kobe, and [now] he’s feeling a lot better. “He’s been amazing [with the Warriors]. He’s played great,” Rivers continued. “I thought he was probably one of the, if not the, most important players in Game 1.” Grantland

“I went to a fantastic city in Portland, a fantastic organization in the Trail Blazers, who were fully prepared for me,” O’Neal said. “I want people to understand this: fully prepared for a 17-year-old drafted out of high school, who [had] to learn life skills on his own. I think that is the absolute biggest mistake that teams make with players now. I don’t care if you go to school for four years. There’s no university in the world that’s going to give you what the NBA gives you. To the Trail Blazers, I was [like] a second son.” Grantland

“People always ask me about the brawl and do I regret my actions in it,” O’Neal said. “No, because at that time, it was a situation that had nothing to do with basketball. It was about our livelihood. And to prove that, I took the NBA to court and won.” But he still had to be accountable to Asjia, who was 5 at the time. O’Neal didn’t immediately address the incident with his daughter. He was taken aback when she brought it up, comforting him by saying that he only threw one punch. “For her to say that, your breath gets taken away,” O’Neal told USA Today in 2005. “I knew once I got back I had to go out and do more things on the court and really live my life the way I think I should.” Grantland

“My sole regret was thinking that I had tomorrow to do what I should have done today,” O’Neal said. “When you’re young, sometimes you get sidetracked with all the Nike commercials, all the ads, the max dollars … Sometimes your mind gets diluted on what’s important. “Just to clarify what I’m saying: Basketball has always been important. I’ve taken every game very seriously. I’ve trained my body very seriously in the summertime. Winning was the sole thing. But if you don’t have a This is it, this is my time mentality, then that’s what can get lost. And that’s what I tell my team. It’s not guaranteed that you’re going to be healthy next year. It’s not guaranteed your coach is going to be there next year. [Maybe] they’re bringing in another coach and his style doesn’t fit your style or your teammates’ style. Trades, whatever it may be, the game and the business has changed a lot, so if you have an opportunity to do something special, you need to take the bull by its horns and ride it until it can’t go no more.” Grantland

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With the Los Angeles Clippers well on their way to routing the Golden State Warriors Monday night, Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal and Clippers coach Doc Rivers began jawing at each other. Rivers had said something to an official, O'Neal didn't like whatever that something was and barked at Rivers. Rivers barked back, and within a few moments player and coach were both getting hit with technicals. The incident ? which came midway through the second quarter of the Clippers' 138-98 victory ? was merely the latest chapter in what has fast become one of the NBA's most heated rivalries. Even in a 40-point blowout, it was clear the two teams don't care much for each other. And with the series now even at a game apiece and shifting to Oakland for Thursday's Game 3, the tension is as thick as ever. "It's very intense right now," O'Neal said. "Everyone wants to win. Everybody is looking for that blood. This league is about trying to smell what the weakness is. I don't care if it's the scorekeeper ? there are going to be scenarios where you are trying to find an edge and keep yourself going." Yahoo! Sports

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