O'Neal needs help from mates

There are 5 comments on the Mar 26, 2007, The Indianapolis Star story titled O'Neal needs help from mates. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal was a missed jump shot at the buzzer from his first 40-point game of the season against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon.

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Since: Jan 07

Washington, IN

#43 Mar 28, 2007
Steve wrote:
<quoted text>Did I say he THE premier player in the league punk? Take your sissy azz to WNBA postings! He plays power forward, power forwards score, get rebounds and play good defense, most aren't known for their passing skills. You may know playstation basketball but you know nothing about real life basketball.
Dude chill, your taking his comments which are all pretty decent one's and replying with whining and crying. You may make 1 decent point but the rest is a bunch of b!tching and moaning.

JO is a decent player, the only reason he is an all-star is because he has nobody else on the pacers to share the spotlight with. I've been preaching the *trade JO* speal for months now, not because I don't think the pacers could use him, but because he is the only person we could attach Tinsley to in a trade where we could still get 2 or 3 decent players.

No matter what everyone says, the root of the problem in indy isn't JO, it isn't CRC, it isn't even Bird/Walsh. Its the inconsistent play of our gaurds, aka Tinsley. The previously mentioned people all have helped the problem but the pacers real problems for the past several years has been a lack of a good gaurd.

No matter how many blocks, points, rebounds JO gets, unless we have a true general leading the team, the Pacers have no chance of success. I would love to keep JO on the Pacers, but for the team to be able to trade for the type of players we need to turn this franchise around, he's gotta go.

Since: Jan 07

Muncie, IN

#44 Mar 28, 2007
The Pacers were at their best when they had a perimeter game, a solid defense, a deep bench, and a smart ball handler to make intelligent decisions. This team has some of those pieces but is not utilizing them properly.

Indiana would be very good if they ran the offense through Granger and Dunleavy before O'Neal and Tinsley. If…this is a big IF…Danny and Mike were both scoring upward of 16 ppg and kept their 3pt shooting above 35%, Jamaal stopped trying to break defenses down with his dribbling and brought his assists up from 6 to 8 per game and his scoring down from 12 to 8, Jermaine brought his scoring down from 20 to 14, and we got some consistency from our bench (Murphy, Diogu, Daniels, and Williams), this team would win a whole bunch of games. Unfortunately, Jermaine is too good and too proud to bring his scoring average down, Jamaal's best asset will always be his dribbling prowess and he isn’t patient enough to make good decisions, and Diogu and Williams are still too young and Daniels is an injury concern.

This season is a wash. The next two years are crucial. We have the pieces. Once Granger takes the reins as the go-to guy, we’re set. The biggest problem is convincing Jermaine and Jamaal they don’t need to do as much for this team to be successful. If they don’t get it, then the Pacers’ only option is to replace them with role players (in that case, the New York trade rumors via Astro Tuff’s comments aren’t that bad an option for Indiana to consider – O’Neal and Tinsley for a first round pick, Marbury, Frye, and Jeffries).
Brandon

Anderson, IN

#45 Mar 28, 2007
We need a team-first PG to control the offense, a good perimeter defender because other guards just score at will on us, and Granger/Dunleavy/Murphy to average between 10-17 points so that ONeal has dependable secondary scorers. A tough guy to take some fouls and dish out punishment would be nice too.
I still trust in Walsh to find good players but Bird has really missed the mark on a lot of them in his tenure. Hopefully he can figure it out or get back on the bench before he makes anymore bad moves.
Steve

Indianapolis, IN

#46 Mar 29, 2007
BC Realtor wrote:
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Dude chill, your taking his comments which are all pretty decent one's and replying with whining and crying. You may make 1 decent point but the rest is a bunch of b!tching and moaning.
JO is a decent player, the only reason he is an all-star is because he has nobody else on the pacers to share the spotlight with. I've been preaching the *trade JO* speal for months now, not because I don't think the pacers could use him, but because he is the only person we could attach Tinsley to in a trade where we could still get 2 or 3 decent players.
No matter what everyone says, the root of the problem in indy isn't JO, it isn't CRC, it isn't even Bird/Walsh. Its the inconsistent play of our gaurds, aka Tinsley. The previously mentioned people all have helped the problem but the pacers real problems for the past several years has been a lack of a good gaurd.
No matter how many blocks, points, rebounds JO gets, unless we have a true general leading the team, the Pacers have no chance of success. I would love to keep JO on the Pacers, but for the team to be able to trade for the type of players we need to turn this franchise around, he's gotta go.
I don't b1tch, whine or cry, have no reason to. I stated my opinions, with are pretty good ones if I say so myself, and this guy choses to start name calling. My main point is Jermaine does the job he is being paid to. Talent is talent, and he would more than likely be an all-star on any team whether he had to share the spotlight or not. I'm not a sold-out JO fan but alot of these posters would rather blame anyone else but the coach.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#47 Apr 9, 2007
MrDon wrote:
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I think we'll definitely have a better feel for that by end of the week. The 7-8-9 spots are taken up by Pacers, Nets and Magic...all about five games behind the 6 spot (Wizards).
Pacers play Nets on Weds and Magic on Friday...both away games. Pick up two L's against them and I think the Pacers are toast. Get some W's and they have a good chance to make the playoffs.
Well I was on spring break and couldnt follow up...Pacers drop the two important games then beat SA Spurs... typical.

but as of this AM they are in 9th one game out.

Those two wins would have put them in 7th AHEAD of Nets and Magic. The total meltdown after the break is why they are out of playoffs - but those two losses sealed the deal.

See you next year!

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