One of the many subplots entering this highly anticipated Heat-Celtics showdown, is that of what role will Jermaine O’Neal play.
You know J.O. the fan sucker punching, playoff performance choking, LeBron cheap shot delivering, no ring having bum. If not let’s refresh your memory.
Last season O’Neal helped kill Miami’s chances of beating Boston by shooting an abysmal 9 for 44 for the series. The Heat can only hope that he serves up an encore performance of that stinkfest.
Many credit his pitiful play in that series as the reason Miami showed little to no interest in him this offseason. Despite what many perceived to be a mutual parting O’Neal continues to insist that Miami wanted him back.
“I knew what they were trying to do the whole time,” he said before Boston’s practice yesterday. “We had the conversation at the start, and when it was brought to my attention I had to make a decision on what I wanted to do. I told them what I wanted to do, and I moved on.”
Seriously Jermaine you moved on? It’s much more likely that Miami chose to invest their money on UD and Mike Miller. In retrospect Miami would have been better off spending that cash on J.O. but it wasn’t your choice. Pat Riley offered you crumbs because you hadn’t earned a bite let alone a slice of the “Championship Pie” he was preparing.
Asked at Celtic’s practice if he wanted — to play with the new look Heat, O’Neal shook his head no.
“I’m not into that,” he said
Yeah that’s obvious, why would you be into repaying a team that gave you over 40 million for 13 points and 6 boards a game in about a season and a half of work. Why would you be into playing more minutes and perhaps be a key cog and starter in Miami when you can go to Boston and start the season third on the depth chart. Lastly why would you be into being a part of what can go down as one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history and the team that’s about to eliminate you from the playoffs.