HoopsHype Jermaine O'Neal rumors

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If there’s a difference between the Dolphins’ Martin and O’Neal, it’s that the older Blazers also took care of O’Neal in their way. He turned 18 that first season but still wasn’t old enough to get into a lot of clubs or bars, so Trent would hang with him at the hotel and play video games. When they sent him for food, they’d pay for his meal along with the gas money. They knew he was making considerably less than most of them, and they bought him suits and occasionally gave him their per diem allotment on the road. He figures his teammates ultimately spent more on him than the bill for repairing his hotel room. “I have a lot more good stories than bad ones,” he says. Bleacher Report

O’Neal and several other veterans said such baptisms of fire don’t exist today, or at least they're not nearly as fiery. There are pranks, such as when the Warriors filled Kent Bazemore’s Nissan with popcorn. Kicking balls into the stands to be retrieved after a game-day shootaround, wearing a Dora The Explorer backpack, delivering pre-practice doughnuts and singing their school song are all standard practices. But that’s about it. "It's gotten a lot different," O'Neal said. "You hear stories, like about guys having the wheels taken off of their car and put in their locker, but I don't think anyone takes that kind of stuff as personal." Bleacher Report

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Jermaine O’Neal is ready to cash in his chips. The NBA big man has put his Henderson, NV, home on the market a mere six days after inking a one-year, $2 million contract with the Golden State Warriors. O’Neal previously listed the home during the 2011 NBA lockout for $3.55 million, the same amount he paid for the property in 2007. The NBA veteran is now poised to lose a considerable amount of money on the house after relisting it for just under $3 million. Built in 2006, O’Neal’s posh desert pad offers a total of six bedrooms, nine baths and nearly 7,500 square feet of living space. The home has standard amenities such as a formal entry, a dining room and a total of four fireplaces, and also some not-so-standard perks such as an indoor basketball court, an in-house movie theater, a game room and a wet bar. The athlete’s home rounds out with a five-car garage and an outdoor patio that includes a pool with a waterfall and slide, fountains and an outdoor kitchen. Realtor

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The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Jermaine O'Neal to a contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. NBA.com

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