HoopsHype Jermaine O'Neal rumors

April 2, 2014 Updates

Reviews show that there is no question that the ball would have at least reached the rim. O’Neal insisted that he got his right hand on the ball before it started its descent, making it a legal block. “It was like a second away from goaltending, if you're too late, and I was on top of it,” said O’Neal, noting that Ellis dunked on him to finish an almost identical drive from the right wing in the fourth quarter. “I blocked it, grabbed it and outlet it. There's no way they could have called that. “When your hand is on top of the ball, that's a good block. I caught it like this, I didn't bat it, I caught it like this, so there's no way they could have called it goaltending.” ESPN.com

With reports of dysfunction and dissatisfaction swirling around the Warriors after coach Mark Jackson had assistant coach Brian Scalabrine reassigned to the team's development squad, the Santa Cruz Warriors (per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski), Jackson spoke to the team before Friday's crucial win over the Grizzlies. Veteran Jermaine O'Neal called it "one of the better speeches I've heard in my career. He started off kind of light-hearted and we weren't sure where he was going, but by the end you looked around the room and it was dead silent." Bleacher Report

March 30, 2014 Updates

Warriors veteran big man Jermaine O'Neal called any talk of firing coach Mark Jackson "ridiculous" and "unfair" before offering a vote of confidence unique to his own NBA career. O'Neal is considering retirement, and if the 35-year-old were to decide to play next season, he said it would be because of Jackson and that the team he would choose would be the Warriors. "It's a couple reasons why I will come back," O'Neal said Saturday. "This fan base, this organization is first class, and obviously my teammates are great, as well. "But the No. 1 reason that I will come back and play another year is because of Coach Jackson. I'm absolutely, 100 percent positive about that. He makes it easy to come in this gym every day, and there's not a lot of coaches that do that." San Jose Mercury-News

"To me, it's one of the most unfair things that I've seen in a long time," O'Neal said. "And it truly is a team that's 18 games over .500. Eighteen. And we're talking about firing a coach with 10, 11 games left? Here's the facts. To everybody that's negative out there, you may not ever see this again. I know that firsthand because I've been in the position. It may take 10 years to be back in that position, so do you want to accept us with open arms and continue to show the support?" San Jose Mercury-News

March 14, 2014 Updates

Q: Has the league been in touch with you? Jermaine O'Neal: “We talked about it yesterday, and I told them the same thing. It’s a very intense time of year, and sometimes things happen during games, things are said during games that shouldn’t necessarily be said or done. But then as men, you sit down and talk about it or stand up and talk about it. You shake on it and move on. I don’t have any animosity toward him. Hopefully, he doesn’t have any animosity toward me. That’s pretty much it.” San Francisco Chronicle

March 13, 2014 Updates

Golden State Warriors forward Jermaine O'Neal confronted forward Blake Griffin in the hallway outside the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room at Staples Center after L.A.'s 111-98 win Wednesday night. The two had a heated conversation that was quickly broken up by a Clippers official who led Griffin to the adjacent news conference room. ESPN.com

March 9, 2014 Updates

Bryant convinced O’Neal to undergo plasma-rich therapy on both knees in Germany, a procedure that has extended the careers of several professional athletes. “Going to Germany gave me a different outlook on things,” he said. “When you tried everything, every shot possible, you’re like, ‘OK, well, maybe it’s just time.’ I had the knee surgery, fought back, had the wrist surgery, had to fight back, and it was just like, ‘I’ve got to give myself one more shot at it.’ “I wasn’t going to give myself one more shot until Kobe called me. It was something we talked about. I met him over there, and after the first day I picked Phoenix [in free agency] because I knew they had a great training staff and there were no expectations whatsoever. And it really allowed me to see what I had left in the tank.” Boston Globe

March 4, 2014 Updates

Jermaine O'Neal believes he'll know when it's time for him to retire. The Warriors big man can envision a scenario this offseason in which he can't get into the proper frame of mind to start training for another season. That's a telling sign that an 18-year career that has seen stardom and 13 playoff appearances is near its end. "This could be it," said O'Neal, 35. "So this is my last chance to try to win a championship. That's how I view it right now, whether it is or not. It affects all the way to how you view your pregame meal to your nap to your bus ride to the arena. Those things are a little more intense than they would normally be." San Jose Mercury-News

March 3, 2014 Updates

Warriors big man Jermaine O'Neal did not travel with the team to Toronto and is unavailable for Sunday's game at Toronto because of a passport issue, according to coach Mark Jackson. "A misunderstanding," Jackson said of the passport issue. "We thought we had it, so the ball was dropped, and we don't know whether it was stolen or lost, what have you, but we discovered late-afternoon yesterday, and there was not enough time to fix it and get it here, so he will not be playing tonight." Contra Costa Times

Jermaine O'Neal: As a leader, businessman, and father, I pride myself off being responsible, professional, and prompt! I did not leave or lose my passport!!! ... And believe me when I tell you that there isn't a person in the country more upset than me about not being able to be with my team tonight ... To help them battle for a win during a very important part of our season! Words just can not explain how I feel right now ... But I will be ready to help my team try and get a tuff win against one of the leagues best on Tuesday! (Bottle the anger and release it tue! Twitter

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O'Neal, 35, said he is taking it week by week and doesn't really have a timetable, but he's working as hard as he can to get back as soon as possible. "It could be a week, two weeks, three weeks ... as soon as I feel strong enough," he said. "They gauge my strength every week, and it's improved every week, so it could be next week, I don't know. It won't be as long as people thought it was, for sure. Hopefully, it does fall into the time frame that Bob said." Contra Costa Times

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