HoopsHype Jermaine O'Neal rumors

July 1, 2013 Updates
June 14, 2013 Updates

Seems Kobe Bryant started a German trend ... 'cause NBA star Jermaine O'Neal took Kobe's lead and flew out to Germany for a special medical procedure that ain't exactly legal in the U.S. of A.. 34-year-old O'Neal -- a 6-time NBA All-Star -- just posted a photo standing next to famed German surgeon Dr. Peter Wehling along with the caption, "Just finished up my last day of a week long of treatments out here in germany with the great Dr Wehling!" There's only one reason O'Neal would go to Germany -- Regenokine ... a special procedure involving the manipulation of red blood cells that's believed to accelerate the body's healing process. TMZ.com

June 13, 2013 Updates

Now, O’Neal will once again be an unrestricted free agent. Rather than retiring and putting his time and energy into several of his successful businesses (which is something he had considered doing in the past), he has decided to sign another deal. However, this time around, he’ll likely have multiple teams looking to sign him and he’ll be able to pick where he goes, rather than settling with the one team that makes him an offer. “I will look at all the opportunities and decide on which one best fits me and feels the best starting July 1st,” O’Neal tweeted this afternoon. HoopsWorld

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Jermaine O'Neal: Congrats to the pacers! I don't really cheer for teams but I'm soooo happy for the simon family, the state of indiana and the organization! Twitter @jermaineoneal

April 29, 2013 Updates

The current Trail Blazer roster is absent of a veteran with the specific skill set such as O'Neal's, and he's all for returning to Portland to provide his services. “I'm very open to Portland. They're definitely a team I'm looking forward to having talks with this summer,” O'Neal, an unrestricted free agent come July 1, told CSNNW.com. “LaMarcus [Aldridge] and Damian [Lillard] along with [Nicolas] Batum are some great pieces to build around. All they need to do is shore up the bench and add a paint presence on defense and they'll be right there. It's hard to put that type of stress on your starting five and I know I can help ease some of that stress.” CSNNW.com

“Portland is a team I have to look at this summer. That city has always been in my heart because one: Mr. [Paul] Allen gave me my opportunity, and two: that city took me in as their second child,” he explained. “I didn't play for two or three years but you couldn't tell. The organization and the fans really allowed me to grow at my own pace. It's a special place to me. I met my wife in Portland. At this point for me, it's all about competing and winning and the Blazers are doing those things.” CSNNW.com

April 13, 2013 Updates

Suns center Jermaine O'Neal, I'm told, is leaning strongly toward playing in 2013-14 in what would be his 19th season. He's as healthy as he has been in years, so score another one for the knee clinic in Germany that Kobe happens to swear by, as well as the Suns' vaunted athletic training staff. The 34-year-old big man will be a free agent in July. ESPN.com

April 4, 2013 Updates

Clipper Darrell, one of the NBA’s last quality clean hecklers, had Suns center Jermaine O’Neal’s attention in Wednesday’s first half. He got him to look on his usual “U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi” bit while at the free-throw line when the arena is mostly quiet. With Wesley Johnson, he got him to look and laugh with “Jermaine, who is that?” Arizona Republic

March 29, 2013 Updates

The post All-Star break missive has changed dramatically. The Suns had a wide-eyed goal of going 19-10 after the break but passed that loss total a week ago. "We don't look at it as tanking because we've still got to go to practice every day," Suns co-captain Jermaine O'Neal said. "If you go out there, you really are trying to win. It's a tough period with nine games to go and everybody wants that draft pick. I guess since the women's team (the Mercury won the WNBA draft lottery's No. 1 pick). I wasn't even here and I heard that a lot last year — tanking the season to get Brittney Griner. If you're going to do it, then that's what you do it for because she changes the outlook of that team right away. I don't believe any college player on the men's side can have the same effect as a Brittney Griner. "Based off everything you hear, nobody in the draft could make this team a contender right away. You have to protect your entity." USA Today Sports

“We don’t look at it as tanking because we’ve still got to go to practice every day,” Suns co-captain Jermaine O’Neal said. “If you go out there, you really are trying to win. It’s a tough period with nine games to go and everybody wants that draft pick. I guess since the women’s team (the Mercury won the WNBA draft lottery’s No. 1 pick). I wasn’t even here and I heard that a lot last year — tanking the season to get Brittney Griner. If you’re going to do it, then that’s what you do it for because she changes the outlook of that team right away. I don’t believe any college player on the men’s side can have the same effect as a Brittney Griner. Arizona Republic

March 7, 2013 Updates
March 6, 2013 Updates

Jermaine O'Neal has told his Phoenix Suns teammates that he will miss the next three games to be with his daughter who is having open-heart surgery Wednesday, azcentral.com reported on Tuesday. Asjia O'Neal, 13, will undergo a procedure to repair a leaky heart valve in Boston, according to the website. Jermaine O'Neal's three-game absence could become more depending on his daughter's condition. ESPN.com

March 1, 2013 Updates

O’Neal will be a free agent at season’s end, and you can bank on the interest level from teams being much higher in him than it was last season. There’s no guarantee he’ll be back, but now nobody can say he’s walking away because he can’t play anymore. “At the end of the day I came back and I put in the work I put in this summer for me, as a man looking into the mirror and saying ‘did I finish this the way I thought I could finish?’, O’Neal said. “That’s what it’s all about for me. As long as my family is happy with me I’m happy.” HoopsWorld

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“Physically, I feel like I can play. The one thing I understood, especially with Lindsey [Hunter] taking over [as coach] is I am in a place where you can really fit your piece, like [Jason] Terry coming to [the Celtics]. People were concerned about whether he fit or not. Systems really matter. “Seventeen years is a long time. And physically, this is the best I’ve felt in a long time.” Boston Globe

O’Neal said he is going to return to Germany this summer to have the Regenokine procedure again on both knees and will prepare as if he is returning next season. “You finally get a healthy body and it’s family, family, family and you don’t really think as much about basketball,” he said. “When those guys came to me after the Golden State game [last Wednesday] — and that was in the course of me going to New York, and I knew [the chances] were fairly high — and when they asked me, ‘JO, are you leaving us?’ that means a lot. “That means more than anything, and I’d rather stay with them those 27 games and fight with them.” Boston Globe

Since he has been contributing — 7.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17 minutes per game off the bench — it has been more pleasurable to play. During his two years in Boston, O’Neal was usually injured and sulked. Asia would sit next to him in the locker room and provide support. “She’s a real warrior, and I believe God is going to make her better,” O’Neal said. “And she’s going to have a fantastic career and she wants to go to UCLA [to play volleyball] and I’m sure between now and then it’s going to change 30 times.” The surgery will cost Asia two months of volleyball, but O’Neal is more concerned with her long-term health. He will take a few days off next month to visit her in Boston, all the time praying for her health. Boston Globe

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