Jermaine O'Neal Rumors

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Jermaine O'Neal
Jermaine O'Neal
Position: -
Born: 10/13/78
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:242 lbs. / 109.8 kg.
Earnings: $168,794,021 ($216,734,473*)
Whitsitt: When Jermaine was a free agent, I was able to get him to re-sign. And I did make a commitment that if he didn’t get a fair shake … I’d try to move [him] somewhere where [he] could get some playing time. Dunleavy: I have Arvydas Sabonis, Rasheed Wallace and Brian Grant—three guys that are right there, as far as All-Stars in this league. And I’m expected to win every single game. Whitsitt: For whatever reason, Mike did not like Jermaine and just didn’t want to play him, didn’t want to develop him. He had some personality issues with him. Pippen: At some point, I saw where he broke Jermaine’s spirit.
The Blazers, though combustible, were talented and ridiculously deep, with five current or future All-Stars—Scottie Pippen, Rasheed Wallace, Steve Smith, Detlef Schrempf and Jermaine O’Neal—plus potent offensive players like Damon Stoudamire and Bonzi Wells. It was arguably the strongest team the Lakers faced in their three-peat—and one of the best ever to miss the Finals. “It’s probably the best team I’ve ever faced playing basketball, period,” says Robert Horry, who won seven championships in his 16-year career, including three with the Lakers. “They were the toughest team,” Shaq says, “and they were the only team that wasn’t scared of us.”
Corey Benjamin: “I had Arn Tellem as an agent and Arn represented a lot of star players. The Bulls were trying to sign free agents. I hosted Tracy McGrady, Tim Thomas and Jermaine O’Neal when we brought them in. I was there personally for those [meetings] because we were all represented by the same agent (Arn). I remember Jerry Krause told me, ‘If you can get them to sign, I’ll renew your contract.’ I don’t remember Tim Duncan coming in, but I know we wanted Duncan. But we weren’t offering them the money that other teams were offering. I remember Tracy and Jermaine telling me, ‘They’re offering me peanuts.’ They weren’t trying to max these guys out; they were trying to give these guys smaller contracts.”
Corey Benjamin: “I had Arn Tellem as an agent and Arn represented a lot of star players. The Bulls were trying to sign free agents. I hosted Tracy McGrady, Tim Thomas and Jermaine O’Neal when we brought them in. I was there personally for those [meetings] because we were all represented by the same agent (Arn). I remember Jerry Krause told me, ‘If you can get them to sign, I’ll renew your contract.’ I don’t remember Tim Duncan coming in, but I know we wanted Duncan. But we weren’t offering them the money that other teams were offering. I remember Tracy and Jermaine telling me, ‘They’re offering me peanuts.’ They weren’t trying to max these guys out; they were trying to give these guys smaller contracts.”
Lamar Odom and some other ex-NBA players were cut from the BIG3 basketball league this week, the league said Wednesday. Odom — along with Baron Davis, Bonzi Wells and Jermaine O’Neal — will not play for the remainder of BIG3’s third season so the league can “maximize competition, protect the health of players and raise the level of professionalism of BIG3,” the league said in a statement.
“I was just in China this past October, and there were Indiana Pacers jerseys,” O’Neal said. “Everything about me was established as a Pacer, so that will always be special to me. That city and organization will always be special to me. “When I look at the NBA Finals — and I typically don’t look at too much playoff basketball until the finals — I always go back to thinking how it would have felt to win it as a Pacer.”
Stephen Jackson was a central figure in one of the most infamous events in NBA history, and the former player has lent his voice to a documentary about it. Jackson, Metta World Peace, and Jermaine O’Neal are in the process of putting together a documentary about 2004’s Malice at the Palace, he confirmed to theScore’s Joseph Casciaro on the “Pound The Rock” podcast. “There’s a lot of stuff that went on that people don’t know,” Jackson said. “There’s so much to the story … we can walk people through everything.”
But then Jermaine O’Neal pauses to collect his thoughts and it’s clear much has changed when he begins to speak. His perspective broadens, much like what has occurred off the court since he retired four years ago and dedicated his time to his family, community and business. “You become older, you become more mature,” O’Neal says. “Professional sports is a monster. It’s not even real life. It’s one of the few things in life, the economy goes bad, you still get your money. You’re not going to get fired, you’re not going to get laid off and these checks are so gigantic your mindset becomes that. I was able to learn a lot.”
O’Neal has been paying the goodwill forward ever since. He has difficulty remembering exactly how many Church’s Chicken franchises he has invested in (about 32), the location of the two-star resorts he has helped flip into five-star destinations (Napa Valley and Cabo San Lucas), the number of companies he’s invested with in the Bay Area (about 10, including Athos Global Technology with Golden State co-owner Joe Lacob), the location of Hash House A Go Go (Plano) or the name of another business (Tropical Smoothie Café). “He was always a thoughtful guy,” says Golden State General Manager Bob Myers, the architect of the Warriors’ championship dynasty who used to be O’Neal’s co-agent. “He had a passion for life, for basketball, for business. He was always very intentional about anything he was doing.”
Jermaine O’Neal: @tmac213 we have been knowing each other as competitors for years and had some incredible battles! But most importantly we have been friends/brothers that has gone way beyond the playing surface! I just heard that you got the call for making the hall of fame which is incredible news! Bro I’m extremely proud of you for what you have done on and off the court! Keep being great my brother and let’s keep pushing each other in this thing called life! #2017HOFCLASS #AllTimeGreat
Storyline: Hall of Fame Selections
6x NBA All-Star Jermaine O’Neal will return to the court this summer in the inagural season of the BIG3. Alongside Bonzi Wells, he will Captain the team TRI-STATE. In the upcoming BIG3 Combine, the two men will work together to select 3 additional players to fill out the team. In the BIG3, there are no outside owners, so O’Neal and Wells will guide the formation of the team along with their coach.
Jermaine O’Neal: “The champ”! What this man stood for and represented can’t be put into words! He was one of the few athletes that was willing to stand up for what he thought was right no matter what the consequences were and for that I always admired and looked up to him. He was a true leader in the ring, in the community, and for the African American race. I feel incredibly blessed to have met and talk to Mr Ali. The world has truly lost a iconic legend and he will be missed…. R.I.P CHAMP!!!
Still, O’Neal was torn. For years, he’d told his family he was going to put them first. O’Neal didn’t meet his father until his third season in the NBA, and then only briefly developed a relationship. Now, he was coaching his eight-year-old son’s basketball team. Asjia had recovered from open heart surgery and was a rising star in volleyball, a 6’3″ middle blocker. He worried about the impact of leaving. “Physically, I could have done it. Mentally, no. My son and my family asked me not to, and that was the trump card. At the time, my son was saying, ‘Hey Dad, I need you.’ That did something to me. I was seeing changes in my son, he became more angry. And for a guy who didn’t meet his dad until seven years ago myself, I understood what it meant not to have a dad there.”