Cold start, sizzling finish

The Indiana Pacers' leading scorer, Jermaine O'Neal, couldn't put the ball in the basket no matter how hard he tried. Full Story
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PacerFan

San Francisco, CA

#21 Jan 26, 2007
"BUT!!! There is NO TIME! like the present to clean up the rest of the
First and foremost O Neal-who has always been the core problem of this team.
NO LEADER! NO TEAM PLAY!
NO CLUTH PLAYER! NO GAME!
O neal is clearly a stat player who mostly cleans up easy points and baords due to everyone elses hard play!"

Dude you're an absolute moron. So JO "mostly cleans up easy points" huh? HOGWASH. Jermaine is MONEY with his jumpshot. He battles for rebounds, gets a ton of blocks, and is even getting some assists this year...further improving his game.

JO never, I repeat NEVER, get's into any kind of off the court trouble.

Anyone who wants to trade Jermaine should be slapped acrossed the face.
come on

United States

#22 Jan 26, 2007
J.O. and Tinsley both need to go. J.O. needs to go because he is soft and selfish and could less if the Pacers win or lose as long as he gets his touches and Tinsley is a drug abusing thug.
mef

Springfield, OR

#23 Jan 26, 2007
PacerFan wrote:
"BUT!!! There is NO TIME! like the present to clean up the rest of the
First and foremost O Neal-who has always been the core problem of this team.
NO LEADER! NO TEAM PLAY!
NO CLUTH PLAYER! NO GAME!
O neal is clearly a stat player who mostly cleans up easy points and baords due to everyone elses hard play!"
Dude you're an absolute moron. So JO "mostly cleans up easy points" huh? HOGWASH. Jermaine is MONEY with his jumpshot. He battles for rebounds, gets a ton of blocks, and is even getting some assists this year...further improving his game.
JO never, I repeat NEVER, get's into any kind of off the court trouble.
Anyone who wants to trade Jermaine should be slapped acrossed the face.
AMEN! It's a shame that JO didn't make the All Star team this year, but I doubt that bothers him. He's easily having the best year of his career. You also have to keep in mind that you need to get some seroius sh!t in return for JO if you're going to trade him, and I don't know of anyone in the league worth trading him for. Keep it up JO
Steve

United States

#24 Jan 26, 2007
If Jermaine doesn't make the All-Star team which he should, your gonna see a monster!!

/hopes he doens't make the all-star team, Every coach will pay lol

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#25 Jan 26, 2007
JO is a team player if I've ever seen one. He does alot of work off the court in practice, as well as on the court that never shows up on the box score. He has worked hard to get better defensively, and get some of his spice back after being asked for 3 straight years to carry the load offensively.

JO is the best rebounder outside of Jeff that this team has had in 30 years. He would wipe the floor with Smits, Kellogg would be the only player that could board as good as JO, but that was with a healthy set of knees.

I really think JO is the core of this franchise. He is a humble guy, and he has dedicated himself to making this trade work. I know many people think along the lines of what they see AT this very minute when it comes to issues and troubles they perceive to be the problem - but they are temporary issues. JO has persevered through some tough times with us. He's family as far as I'm concerned.

If you critics will give him an opportunity to expand his game after bringing on a couple new guys who CAN rebound and score, I think you will find out that there's alot to JO that hasn't even surfaced.

Gosh man, ;-) aren't we talking about the MVP runner up a couple years ago. How the memories of some are like a Florida rain!
Teddy Mexico

Wixom, MI

#26 Jan 26, 2007
"Dude you're an absolute moron. So JO "mostly cleans up easy points" huh? HOGWASH. Jermaine is MONEY with his jumpshot. He battles for rebounds, gets a ton of blocks, and is even getting some assists this year...further improving his game.
JO never, I repeat NEVER, get's into any kind of off the court trouble.
Anyone who wants to trade Jermaine should be slapped acrossed the face."

You Sir, are 100% correct.
oh yeah

United States

#27 Jan 26, 2007
Trade the selfish S.O.B. I wouldn't vote for him for the all star team for two reasons. [1] He is not an all star. [2] He doesn't understand the concept of team.
jc notime

San Francisco, CA

#28 Jan 26, 2007
PacerFan wrote:
"BUT!!! There is NO TIME! like the present to clean up the rest of the
First and foremost O Neal-who has always been the core problem of this team.
NO LEADER! NO TEAM PLAY!
NO CLUTH PLAYER! NO GAME!
O neal is clearly a stat player who mostly cleans up easy points and baords due to everyone elses hard play!"
Dude you're an absolute moron. So JO "mostly cleans up easy points" huh? HOGWASH. Jermaine is MONEY with his jumpshot. He battles for rebounds, gets a ton of blocks, and is even getting some assists this year...further improving his game.
JO never, I repeat NEVER, get's into any kind of off the court trouble.
Anyone who wants to trade Jermaine should be slapped acrossed the face.
DID YOU NOT SEE HIS 4 FOR 20 PERFORMANCE LAST GAME??????????
GREAT JUMP SHOT @#@#@#
And for his improving game?
The only reason his stats are up is because of the poor play of the rest of the Team.
With his new teammates, watch his little stat game dissapear!!!!
And watch his pouting re-appear!!
Have you ever noticed when JO scores big we lose!!! And isnt it bad when we have to elevate a player just because he stays out of Trouble!!!
Marv Smith

Evansville, IN

#29 Jan 26, 2007
PacerFan wrote:
"BUT!!! There is NO TIME! like the present to clean up the rest of the
First and foremost O Neal-who has always been the core problem of this team.
NO LEADER! NO TEAM PLAY!
NO CLUTH PLAYER! NO GAME!
O neal is clearly a stat player who mostly cleans up easy points and baords due to everyone elses hard play!"
Dude you're an absolute moron. So JO "mostly cleans up easy points" huh? HOGWASH. Jermaine is MONEY with his jumpshot. He battles for rebounds, gets a ton of blocks, and is even getting some assists this year...further improving his game.
JO never, I repeat NEVER, get's into any kind of off the court trouble.
Anyone who wants to trade Jermaine should be slapped acrossed the face.
So with all of that being said why are there so many negative comments about Al Harrington now? Indiana welcomed him back with open arms, and now half of the people are happy that he is gone. Al is a damn good role model, and person, you never saw him in any trouble off of the floor either. I don't understand why so many people are so happy that he got traded. Al was a reflection of the attitude and image that the Pacers need right now. People in Indiana need to stop jumping on the band wagon all of the time I mean look at the Colts, I've seen and heard so many negative things about them from people here, and all of a sudden WE LOVE 'EM NOW.
DMZ

Hialeah, FL

#30 Jan 26, 2007
The Colts are gonna lose big time in the super bowl! hahahaha!!! Go Bears!!
Pacer fan

United States

#32 Jan 26, 2007
I was glad to see that Harrington was back but then I realized that he had not matured and identified more with the Jackson crowd than the moral hard working Pacer crowd. He was a major disappointment and egomaniac but worse yet, he was a follower but only a follower of some of the Pacer thugs...Now he has followed one of them to Golden State...good riddance. if he doesn't wise up, then he will follow Jackson to jail. Probably Tinsley also.
Marv Smith

Evansville, IN

#33 Jan 27, 2007
Pacer fan wrote:
I was glad to see that Harrington was back but then I realized that he had not matured and identified more with the Jackson crowd than the moral hard working Pacer crowd. He was a major disappointment and egomaniac but worse yet, he was a follower but only a follower of some of the Pacer thugs...Now he has followed one of them to Golden State...good riddance. if he doesn't wise up, then he will follow Jackson to jail. Probably Tinsley also.
Whatever you're so narrow minded. I am willing to bet that Al Harrington doesn't go that route. If you would recall JO is his best friend, soooooo does that me he will be following Al to jail also? Get a Life!!
dumponeal

Franklin Park, IL

#34 Jan 27, 2007
i couldnt agree with jcnotime more. But lets look at the concept of team leader. Can anybody actually say that he is a leader? If so, why? Because he averages 20 pts and 10 boards? I would agree that those are good numbers, but shouldn't he average 20ppg if this offense is constantly going thru him? Remember at the beginning of the year when the organization said that the fans could expect a more up and down the floor team much like the teams in the West? More exciting to watch?!?! More transition basketball?!?! And O'neal said he looked forward to that because it suited his game better. I knew that was all a bunch of crap when I heard it. Why? Because Jermaine O'Neal is not happy unless the offense is constantly being moved thru him. Great players and team leaders make the players around him better which in turn makes the team better. I don't see that from him at all. I challenge you to look back over the last couple of years and look at the Pacers record when JO is out. It's about the same as when he is in there, which is around .500. This team has had talent the last couple of years and couldn't get it done. The "team leader" has to have something to do with that, don't you think?
dumponeal

Franklin Park, IL

#35 Jan 27, 2007
Oh, and I forgot one thing. Don't you all find it ironic that Artest and Harrington BOTH said the same things after they were traded, that they don't like this offense??!!! That starts with the coach, but the coach also has to run this offense to suit the "team leader"

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#36 Jan 27, 2007
Pacer fan wrote:
I was glad to see that Harrington was back but then I realized that he had not matured and identified more with the Jackson crowd than the moral hard working Pacer crowd. He was a major disappointment and egomaniac but worse yet, he was a follower but only a follower of some of the Pacer thugs...Now he has followed one of them to Golden State...good riddance. if he doesn't wise up, then he will follow Jackson to jail. Probably Tinsley also.
I'm not sure if you meant this tongue in cheek. Al knows CRC is clueless. You can't work for someone voluntarily that's clueless and in bed with the boss, unless you're a worthless hack that couldn't play elsewhere without losing millions!

Al is still Al. He wanted to be respected within the system, he thought thats what he was coming to Indy for, apparently not. Who knows as long as CRC is in control! This is what I caught by Al's trade. He's anything but a thug, and I think calling him a thug is reprehensible!

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