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Report: Jermaine O'Neal shipping up to Boston

Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:09 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 1:13 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Jermaine O'Neal, most recently of the Miami Heat, will sign with Boston .

O'Neal is a 13-year veteran that averaged 13.6 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game last season in Miami. He'll add a lot of frontcourt strength to the Celtics, who need help after Rasheed Wallace announced his retirement. Currently, O'Neal will team with Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett on the front lines for Boston.

O'Neal is a former All-Star that's most known for his interior defense and shot-blocking, though he's never been a bad offensive player by any means. Plus, he's a little on the rugged side, so he'll likely fit right in to Doc Rivers' physical defensive system as an enforcer.

Terms of the deal haven't been released yet.


Comments

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Report: Jermaine O'Neal shipping up to Boston

Here we go again.....Whta is wrong with people??? This same exact thing was said last year and the year before that and look at what has happened!!! They have only been to the finals twice in three years together with a coffe stop in the confrenece finals, and oh yeah those old guys also won that championship thingie. If anything this is a huge upgrade over sheed who still might come back! Oneal will be asked to play 18 to 24 minutes a night and play solid D all of which he is very capable of. He is also much better at scoring the ball and blocking shots, not to mention the price is right. So all in all I say itthis a good move but Im sure come the playoffs the naysayers will be bitching again about how old they are while they are still handing the so called elite teams their asses (sp). Still the beast in the east until someone takes them down.



Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Report: Jermaine O'Neal shipping up to Boston

I think this is a good signing for the Celtics. He obviously won't start since his style of play is too similar to Garnett's and they wouldn't really compliment each other. But he can definitely provide a bit of front court scoring and rebounding and shot blocking. They get a somewhat level-headed enforcer off the bench who isn't off his rocker like Rasheed Wallace.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:17 pm
 

This O'Neal is better than Shaq O'Neal..

I like this a lot better than Shaq. I think there is a better chance of Jermaine being more productive. A low risk, potentional decent remard move.



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2010 2:06 pm
 

Report: Jermaine O'Neal shipping up to Boston

Wow, as a long time Celtics fan, I really like this idea if it actually happens. If O'neal can stay relatively healthy and give the Celtics 24-30 minutes some games when needed, the Celtics might be able to contend for another year. However, to have a shot at going all the way regardless of which subs the Celtics pick up, Rondo has to become a consistent shooter (good, I mean, not consistently bad). As a point guard, he has to be able to shoot at least 80% from the free throw line and consistently make 12-18 foot uncontested jump shots. Otherwise, the Celtics are probably a playoff team but not a serious contender for another title.




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:56 pm
 

Report: Jermaine O'Neal shipping up to Boston

This is a better move than people are giving it credit for. O'Neal might still have the spring in his step to play alongside perkins, as well as in his place for meaningful minutes throughout hte season. Rasheed Wallace made as nice a contribution against the Lakers on defense and the boards you could expect from him and his jelly rolls and psychosis, but ONeal will give the Celtics everything in those respects they were missing. And they'll need it because they'll need to keep Garnett from playing more than 32 minutes a game. He looked haggard, hurt and exhausted against the Lakers. I'm just suprirsed they didn't go harder on Tyrus Thomas, who gives them the athletic presence alongside Rondo that they desperately need. They need a speedy jumper in transition to team with Rondo. I know he's kinda nuts, but Beasley wouldn't have been a bad guy to have as a sixth man coming off the bench. When Tony Allen is your most athletic player on the roster, you'r ein trouble.



Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:55 pm
 

Report: Jermaine O'Neal shipping up to Boston

Celtics is clearly becoming the home for the elderly team of the NBA. Hopefully they can make it through the regular season with at least 5 healthy players. Good luck to them.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:48 pm
 

Report: Jermaine O'Neal shipping up to Boston

The Truth -

Didn't we hear this EXACT same thing about Boston entering the playoffs this year? They are still the team to beat in the East.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:45 pm
 

Report: Jermaine O'Neal shipping up to Boston

He as been an under achieving, injury prone player, his entire career. Perhaps as a role player, he will be able to play the entire season, but I honestly doubt it. No matter what Boston does, they are a year older and have very little, if any chance of winning a championship. Garnett is through, Perkins is both hurt and average at best. Pierce has some time left, but his skills have declined also. Lewis is older and can shoot only. Rondo is the only positive, and he really needs to improve his shot to be in the elite elite point guards in the league, aka Williams, CP3, etc. Probably, Boston had very little else to do, and this will keep them in the playoffs, but middle of the pack at best. Sort of like the Braves of the 90's were.




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