The Los Angeles Lakers visit the Fieldhouse Tuesday night to take on the Indiana Pacers. This past offseason was full of Jermaine O'Neal to the Lakers stories with any Kobe Bryant dissent leading to trade speculation.
Since linking up with Jim O'Brien, Jermaine O'Neal has said all the right things about wanting to remain a Pacer. But...while pondering this game, I couldn't help but wonder how J.O. would play. Deep down in places J.O. doesn't realize, he has an interest in playing with Kobe in L.A. I realize many folks think it's a pretty shallow dig to get to those emotions, but I can only go on J.O.'s words for now.
We all know J.O. has been struggling on offense as he works himself into shape and deals with a balky left knee. He's done a good job passing the ball and finding the open man in O'B's system, but scoring around the bucket has been a struggle. According to Bruno's Scouting Report J.O. is amped for the Lakers' game because he's closing in on being 100%.
If J.O. does put up 28 and 12 I'll be thrilled, since the Pacers will be tough to beat with that type of production. Of course, I'll still be checking out Andrew Bynum and a couple of young guards for the Lakers.
|Jermaine O'Neal||F||Brian Cook|
|Mike Dunleavy||F||Lamar Odom|
|Troy Murphy||C||Chris Mihm|
|Danny Granger||G||Kobe Bryant|
|Jamaal Tinsley||G||Derek Fisher|
After a couple of days off, Marquis Daniels and Troy Murphy should remain active, leaving only Ike Diogu out for injury. Feel free to leave your thoughts on J.O. and the game in the comments.