It won't be O'Neal's fault if Pacers miss playoffs

It would be easy for Jermaine O'Neal to quit caring. For him to start looking for his next franchise. Full Story
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lexingtonporter

Ashburn, VA

#1 Apr 11, 2007
franchise player my a.. this loser could care less about the Pacers. Give me 22 shots and 12 to 15 FT attempts a night and I bet I could score 15 points!
Chris

Jeffersonville, IN

#2 Apr 11, 2007
Get rid of Coach first! I'm not going to blame him, but the saying goes, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." Coach C has done what he can, he's shot off his bottle rockets and has no fireworks left. We need someone who can make this team go, use their strengths, and win! Keep J.O. and we'll start to shed some of those high priced sparklers and maybe get something with some "POP". That's the one bad thing about the NBA, you make a mistake on a contract and it bites you in the backside for over half a decade.
Tokin42

Evansville, IN

#3 Apr 11, 2007
From a business standpoint it makes sense to move him, but it would be a shame to lose a guy like O'Neal.
Maybe they should start at the top instead, dump Bird and Carlisle first and then let the next GM decide O'Neals future here in Indy. This isn't ALL Carlisles fault, but he and Bird deserve the vast majority of the blame on the way this team has circled the drain the last few years.
worken man

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Apr 11, 2007
Bird lie to JO to get him to stay, then he brings in a coach that want to call every play. Tokin42 has a point they circled the drain and its time for a change. any other time the coach is the frist to go.
Patrick

Evansville, IN

#5 Apr 11, 2007
Jermaine O'Neal, a legend in his own mind, has shut up and played hard only to fool other teams in the league into thinking he's a solid player with a good attitude. Notice that since the losing streak, Jermaine doesn't refer to the club as "my team" anymore. Which is fine, because it never was his team anyway. I look forward to seeing him incessantly complain to officials in another uniform.
JJJJJJJJJ

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Apr 11, 2007
he s stayed out of Jail.........give him a bonus
Reece M

Burlington, KY

#7 Apr 11, 2007
Simply put; give Bird the "Isiah Thomas" treatment. Give him one year to coach the team he put together, if it does not work, everyone parts ways.

Bird may not be a great X/O's coach, but he has the respect/admiration of his players. They listen to him.
tim

Milwaukee, WI

#8 Apr 11, 2007
lexingtonporter wrote:
franchise player my a.. this loser could care less about the Pacers. Give me 22 shots and 12 to 15 FT attempts a night and I bet I could score 15 points!
Ya you could, can you put up double doubles almost every night im sure you could do that also. Man I cant believe the pacers dont give you a contract lol!!! Oneil is a great player and you can bad mouth him all you want, but it takes more than just one great player to have a good team. Jordan had Pippen, Rodman and others. D Wade has shaq and other players. Look at Kevin Garnett he is the only great player and they are not doing that good either. Cut the guy some slack I saw some games this season were he was limping up and down but still trying to help this team. All of you who say trade Oneil dont really know crap about basketball.
JOn

Bloomington, IN

#9 Apr 11, 2007
O'Neal missed his first seven shots and finished with 21 points on a woeful 7-for-22 shooting during Tuesday's loss to the 76ers.
He is shooting 44% from the field. That means Rasheed Wallace, Marvin Williams, Channing Frye are about the only PF in the league to shoot worse.
Nope, not JO's fault. Don't go to practice, but take the most and miss the most in the game. Great. Thanks Bob
I pay for my Tickets

Terre Haute, IN

#10 Apr 11, 2007
The problem, quite simply, is they're not very good, and desperately need a lineup lobotomy this offseason. They traded talent for character, and, regrettably, came out on the short end.

Thats all we need to know from Bob. Once again Mr. Kravitz does not get it. For many of us who have purchased our tickets unlike Bob, consider character a valuable asset.

If we're going to clean house in Indy let's go all the way. I suggest trading Bob Kravitz for a paper delivery person from Oakland.

“"THIS IS NOT A TEST!"”

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Apr 11, 2007
oh well. there's always next year. (that became the ongoing catch phrase in the '80s.)
OH YEAH

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Apr 11, 2007
Move O Neal

Start over next week

I think everyone is up for a new address

Let's just do it
Stop Stacey

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Apr 11, 2007
Also

Get rid of the announcer

Stacey Paetz horrible
buckshot

Burbank, CA

#14 Apr 11, 2007
O'Neill is NOT a great player..$16 million a year for him? C'mon. Duncan isn't hurt 3/4's of the year!!
Junior

AOL

#15 Apr 11, 2007
I like JO but funny how we win when he is on the bench
Romero

Atlanta, IN

#16 Apr 11, 2007
Kravitz, who clearly has been sucked into the NBA system in general and the Pacers's systemm in particular, is blind to the fact that Jermaine is morally (if not contractually) obligated to play, and play one's hardest, one's best, every single game if at all possible. He's not noble to "play out the string." He makes more for each game (played or not played) than many fans make in a year of hard work. And one wonders why so many fans are disgusted with the players and, more generally, the professional sport. We become doubly disgusted when sycophantic reporters try to make the players seem noble or heroic in doing the moral minimum. As a former athlete who played with the intensity (though - alas!- not the talent) of John Havlicek, I have not usually been greatly impressed by Jermaine's play, even when he puts up fairly impressive numbers. He stands around too much, flat-footed, watching, instead of moving quickly to get rebounding position, or square up a guy driving to the bucket, or making a drive to the bucket himself instead of taking the easy (and easy-to-miss) mid-range jumper that leads to a dismal 7 of 22 night.

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Apr 11, 2007
The Pacers will continue to have problems for a variety of reasons but there are two in particular. One being, the team doesn't have any continuity over the last couple years. How are you supposed to build team chemistry if you are constantly changing the players? The last couple years have been terrible in this regard. Secondly, this team continues to troll the talent pool for leadership. JO saying he is playing out the string is not leadership. A leader would've stepped in long ago and elevated the play of his teammates throughout the entire season even with personnel changes. I really surprised Bird is a part of this. This guy played with the same group of people for how long when he played ball? Chemistry is built over time as players learn to play around each other. You can't bring one player in and think he is going to fix everything. This happens very rarely. Even the mighty Jordan didn't win any championships until he got a team around him.

Doesn't matter anyway. Nobody from the Pacers organization reads this stuff anyway.
Chris

Lexington, KY

#18 Apr 11, 2007
I like JO, but I'd have rather had Paul Pierce all these years.
dave

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Apr 11, 2007
O'Neal is a terrible player. Trade him while he still has value. All he does is slow the pacers down.
Gary

Urbandale, IA

#20 Apr 11, 2007
Great article.

Gary
Indianapolis

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