Could Jermaine be headed to the wild west? We can only hope.
But before we lay this at the doorstep of Mr. O'Neal, maybe there's something working behind the scenes.
Kobe has been itching to get out of the City of Angels the entire off-season, but this could be exactly what the Lakers need to keep him happy -- or at least quiet.
O'Neal has done some great things off the court with charities and being involved in the community. He's even been great a times on the court but not enough to keep that Pacer train rollin'.
He has said he doesn't want to be a part of a Pacers' youth movement. A rebuilding phase so to speak. But Jermaine needs to remember, we traded for a young player from the Portland Trailblazers with the hopes of rebuilding the team and making a run at a championship and that didn't end up quite as expected. Maybe the reason O'Neal doesn't want to be a part of a "rebuilding" plan is because it won't work. Or at least is hasn't in his case.
With the possibility of two superstars joining forces in L.A., I guess we should look at the past as an indicator of the future. We have one player who has proved he can't even make it to the big show and one that hopes the name O'Neal will deliver him another championship.
We all know Bryant can't get it done, alone. We all know O'Neal can't get it done. Sounds like a match made in heaven, doesn't it.
Do I think O'Neal will be a Pacer as the season starts? Yes.
Do I think he will stay? Probably not.
Do I think Pacer fans should care? Not at all.
The Pacers should do something smart, like keep a draft pick and make a solid choice.
The future of the Pacers is in motion and headed in the right direction and I think O'Neal understands he can't be a part of it. Because that would entail winning and that is something he seems unwilling to do.