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Jermaine O'Neal says he chose Boston because they have walked the walk

Sep 13, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

nba_oneal.jpgJermaine O’Neal had options this summer — he was a skilled big man who would be playing for a very affordable contract. Two contenders in the East wanted him, Miami and Boston.

O’Neal has been near the top looking down on the rest of the league before, with Indiana in the pre-brawl years. It was a long fall from there. He’s learned a lot, much of it the hard way. He gets now how sacrifice is needed for winning.

So when it came to choosing between Miami and Boston, O’Neal went with where they have proven they will sacrifice, not just where people have talked about it, O’Neal told the Boston Globe.

“There’s no ego [in Boston], and it’s hard to find no egos,” O’Neal said. “As good as individual players are, especially when I look at a situation like Miami, none of those guys had to really deal with sacrificing.

“That’s what made Boston more intriguing for me and a situation I thought would be better for me. These guys [in Miami] are all really good individual guys that are used to shooting 20 times a night just last year. These are all young guys.

“So no matter what you say or how you say it, they’re going to still want the credit. But I know the Boston Celtics aren’t about that.”

The book is still out on Miami — they are saying all the right things, these are all guys who may be young but are wise in the game beyond their years. LeBron, Wade and Bosh may be ready to make the necessary sacrifices. But they have to prove it.

Boston has proved it. It’s why they have a ring and were on the verge of another last season. O’Neal felt more comfortable with that.

And because he did, Boston is even closer to a title.

  1. Jason - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Yeah, and I’m sure it had nothing to do with Boston giving him the full MLE as opposed to Miami only having the vet’s minimum to offer.

  2. McDaddy - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    When Perkins gets healthy Boston will have a better bench.
    The O’Neals (and G. Davis) coming off the bench will be a big improvement over Sheed. Looking forward to see how Shaq does
    in Celtic green. Go Boston! Doc you are right! Beat L.A.!!

  3. dball - Sep 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Yes, they walk the walk. And in Paul Pierce’s case, he rides the fake wheelchair.

  4. S.W. Black - Sep 13, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Let the ball be tossed into the air October 26, 2010 @7:30 and I believe JO will set the critic straight. LET’S GO CELTICS

  5. McDaddy - Sep 13, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Yeah S.W.! Celtics fans should be pumped this year! We are going
    to kick ass in the playoffs again. GO CELTICS!

  6. Deywalker - Sep 13, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    You’re better than that. The wheelchair reference is tired. New material please.

  7. Fucyu - Sep 13, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    “Yes, they walk the walk. And in Paul Pierce’s case, he rides the fake wheelchair.”
    Pissy lil biatch w a two inch coke. WTF does that have to do with anything? Jeezus Im tired of feedback from the eight grade.

  8. heat fan in GA - Sep 14, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    feedback from the eighth grade you mean..and what is a 2 inch coke? thats a big ol line ifs its what im thinkin! the kid is absolutely right paul pierce over does injuries! he looks like his mama died being wheeled off and hes back 10 minutes later! anyways forget the celtics…GO HEAT!!!

  9. Anonymous - Sep 14, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    you just cracked the dumbest comment ive read in the internet.congratulations. oh well,heat fans.

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