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Oracle Arena erupted at the final buzzer after being a den of silence for much of the game. Team owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers ducked into a private room and let out a loud shout while the Warriors celebrated the NBA's biggest comeback this season while jogging off the court. Afterward, all anyone wanted to talk about was O'Neal's pep talk. "(He) gave a great speech at halftime," Thompson said. "Honestly, that was what was our turning point. It wasn't in the fourth quarter or the third quarter. It was at halftime." ESPN.com

Just read these words spoken by Jermaine O'Neal and understand the value of the vets the Knicks lost last season: Here's JO on the Warriors performance last night, which started with a 27-point deficit in the third quarter and ended with an epic win. "This is real. A lot of people put a lot of time and effort to this–the preparation of coach Jackson and his staff, the fan support that we get in this building every single night, the ownership, the money that they put into this team… you don’t get this opportunity a lot." Sulia

Jermaine O'Neal: "So we had better do a better job of understanding of what’s all at stake here. Because you may not get this opportunity again in another year to compete for a championship. I know that first hand. I tell these guys, I’m into my 18th year, I’m not playing for any money. I’m playing for a championship. Because God has blessed me to make a nice living for my family and be a building block for my family for many years. But I’m still playing only to try to win a championship because I’m envious of guys opening up the champagne and crying and confetti and that’s something I’ve dreamed about. So it ain’t given that we’re going to be given another opportunity because we’re young. No, anything could happen–trades, injuries, whatever it may be. If we’ve got an opportunity we’ve got to take full advantage of that, because we are built for it. We have the crowd, we have the support from our coach and the staff and our ownership. That’s the perfect combination, so now it’s up to us." Sulia

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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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