Before loading up the fam and heading to Vegas, Jermaine O'Neal gave some thoughtful answers to Bruno in an exclusive Q & A on Pacers.com. As his comments reveal, J.O's All-Star caliber game isn't the only thing maturing nicely. Naturally the touch on All-Star Weekend (with daughter in tow, more sight seeing than club hopping) and the All-Star game (wants to play but will monitor his knee closely). But the good stuff is found in answers about the current status of the team and J.O.'s expectation going forward. Of course, he expects to contend in the East and has been doing his part to set the tone for a strong run after the break.
I found J.O's comments on the trade that sent good friends to Golden State and shook up the team to be the best analysis of the trade I've seen to date:
Jermaine is finally at a place in his career where he's able to back up his words with his actions on both ends of the court. These comments reveal that he gets it but is still yearning to raise his game and team to another level. Now that, Pacer fans, is how the lead dog should run.
What do you think about J.O.'s comments?