Jermaine O'Neal
American basketball player
Jermaine O'Neal
Jermaine Lee O'Neal is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns. The 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), 255 lb (115 kg) forward-center had a successful high school career and declared his eligibility for the 1996 NBA Draft straight out of high school. He was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 17th pick of the first round, but O'Neal was unable to break into the first team in Portland and was traded to the Indiana Pacers in 2000.
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LeBron James Nails Game-Winner In Final Seconds To Lift Heat Over Warriors (VIDEO)
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With one eye on the defense and the other on the clock, LeBron James let the time tick down before carrying the Miami Heat into the All-Star break in a way only he could. James capped one of his best games of the season in dramatic fashion, making a step-back 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to propel the Heat past the Golden State Warriors 111-110 Wednesday night and into the break on a high note. "I was going for the win the whole time," James said. With teammate Dwyane Wade scratched from the lineup with a sore left foot, James shouldered the load for the two-time defending NBA champions. He finished with 36 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, saving his best moment for last. After James' fellow All-Star Stephen Curry hit a bank shot to start a three-point play that put the Warriors ahead by two, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra chose not to call timeout. Instead, James got the ball in the half court and swished a 27-footer over Andre Iguodala wit ...
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Warriors centers Andrew Bogut, Jermaine O'Neal to miss game vs. Heat with injuries
Fox News - about 3 years
The Golden State Warriors will be without centers Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O'Neal when they host the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
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Warriors will be without Bogut, Lee again
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The Warriors will take the court without their starting big men for the second consecutive game when center Andrew Bogut and David Lee miss Saturday’s game against Phoenix. Lee will be sitting out for the third time in the past four games after trying to battle through shoulder, back and hip injuries since Jan. 20, and Bogut will be missing his second straight game with an inflamed shoulder. Head coach Mark Jackson said Jermaine O’Neal and Draymond Green will start, the same frontcourt he used in Thursday’s victory over Chicago. “We don’t have David’s post-up ability. We play through David at times, and we can also use him to catch [...]
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Andrew Bogut, David Lee ruled out for tonight’s game vs. Chicago
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
With Chicago’s talented front line of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer having already arrived at Oracle Arena, the Warriors announced that they won’t have the services of their starting big men Andrew Bogut and David Lee on Thursday. Lee has been struggling with a sprained left shoulder since the game against Indiana on Jan. 20. Bogut was briefly hobbled with a tweaked knee, but the Warriors say this injury is shoulder stiffness. Jermaine O’Neal is expected to start at center, with Draymond Green getting the call at power forward. “We will battle, compete and find a way to get it done,” Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. “Carlos Boozer is [...]
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O’Neal frustrated that Warriors aren’t drinking their “Superman Juice”
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The worst is when you need a boost, and the Superman Juice is right there, and you don’t drink it. That’s the current plight of the Warriors, according to power forward Jermaine O’Neal. Golden State’s not only gone cold shooting the ball but has lost five of its last eight home games. Four of those setbacks were to losing teams. That’s simply no way to behave in front of a home crowd that’s filled up Oracle Arena for 61 straight games. “That’s something that we’ve got to relish, because there are a lot of arenas that are half empty, and have good teams,” O’Neal said after practice Wednesday. “This arena [...]
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Steph Curry, Klay Thompson Lead Warriors' Comeback From 27 Down To Top Raptors 112-103 (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to fuel an improbable comeback, Stephen Curry added a pair of shots from beyond the arc down the stretch and the Golden State Warriors rallied from 27 points down in the second half to beat the Toronto Raptors 112-103 Tuesday night. Thompson finished with 22 points and seven assists, nearly matching Curry's 27 and 10. David Lee added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors. Toronto led 75-48 with 9:20 left in the third quarter and took an 18-point lead into the fourth. Golden State made eight 3s over the final 12 minutes, the last coming from Harrison Barnes with 47.2 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a 109-103 lead. DeMar DeRozan had 26 points to pace Toronto, which lost its fourth straight. Kyle Lowry added 20 points and nine assists despite being knocked out of the game briefly following a collision with Golden State center Andrew Bogut. Coach Mark Jackson's team was down and nearly out ...
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Thompson scores 22, O'Neal returns with 18 points as Warriors edge Pelicans 102-101
Fox News - about 3 years
After many of his teammates were dressed and walking to the bus outside New Orleans Arena, Jermaine O'Neal sat in the visitors' locker room, still in uniform, with large packs of ice wrapped around his legs and a slight smile on his face.
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Jermaine O'Neal returns, helps Warriors top Pelicans
USA Today - about 3 years
Jermaine O'Neal returned after missing four games to help the Warriors to a 102-101 win
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Pau Gasol's Philippines Pledge Raises $1,000 For Every Point He Scores
Huffington Post - about 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pau Gasol and Nick Young did a remarkable job keeping the Los Angeles Lakers together without their two injured stars. The Golden State Warriors had better take notes, because their injury problems just got worse. Gasol had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Young scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Lakers took advantage of Stephen Curry's absence for a 102-95 victory over Golden State on Friday night. Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake scored 14 points apiece as Los Angeles returned from four days off to win consecutive games for the first time all season. Jordan Hill added 10 points and nine rebounds as the Lakers clicked even without Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, hitting 11 3-pointers and outworking the prolific Warriors down the stretch. Los Angeles calmly maintained a big lead throughout the fourth quarter of its 11th straight home win over its upstate rival since March 2008. "We're finally finding some consistency," Gasol said. "We're finally putting ...
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Warriors' Jermaine O'Neal has bruised knee, groin strain
USA Today - over 3 years
Jermaine O'Neal, 35, injured himself during garbage time of a win against the Jazz.
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Warriors hold off Jazz 102-88 after Jermaine O'Neal injures right leg
Fox News - over 3 years
Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Andre Iguodala had 16 points and six rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead before holding off the Utah Jazz 102-88 Saturday night.
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Jermaine O’Neal could be the Warriors’ next Jarrett Jack, Dorell Wright in the locker room
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Jermaine O’Neal made his way to Oakland on Tuesday to sign a one-year, $2 million deal and complete the Warriors’ surprisingly active summer that included a sign-and-trade deal for Andre Iguodala and the inking of Marreese Speights and Toney Douglas. In his first meeting with the Bay Area media, O’Neal talked at length about how his 17 seasons of NBA experience have taught him the importance of seizing the moment and why he believes that moment might come with the Warriors this season. A lot of that information made it into our print story, but here’s some stuff that didn’t quite fit: O’Neal said he almost came to the Warriors [...]
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Report: Warriors agree to terms with Douglas, O'Neal
Fox News - over 3 years
The Golden State Warriors have reportedly reached agreements with guard Toney Douglas and center Jermaine O'Neal.According to the San Jose Mercury News, both deals are expected to be for one year
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Mavs put slim playoff hopes on line vs. Suns - KARE
Google News - almost 4 years
FOXSports.com Mavs put slim playoff hopes on line vs. Suns KARE (Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks have an incredibly small window to make the Western Conference playoffs and need every win they can get. They will keep trying to get that eighth seed on Wednesday when they host the Phoenix Suns. The Mavs are ... NBA player's gaffe loses gameYahoo! Sports (blog) Jermaine O'Neal Goaltends James Harden's Game-Winning Three (VIDEO)SLAM Online Phoenix Suns Lose Game After Jermaine O'Neal Goaltends Last-Second ShotBleacher Report FOXSports.com -Sportige -CBSSports.com all 69 news articles »
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National Basketball Association Game Capsules
Fox News - almost 4 years
Martell Webster's career-high 34 points led five Washington starters in double-figures, as the Wizards thumped the Phoenix Suns, 127-105, for their third straight win. Webster was 10-for-18 from the field -- including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc -- for Washington, which shot an impressive 66.7 percent (14-of-21) from long distance as a team to snap a 10-game losing streak to Phoenix. Emeka Okafor and John Wall both had double-doubles, with each scoring 17 points. Okafor tallied 10 rebounds and Wall registered 11 assists in the win. Michael Beasley scored a team-best 21 points off the bench for the Suns, losers of four in a row. Jared Dudley added 16 points with Jermaine O'Neal and Goran Dragic each contributing 12. Dragic also had 11 assists.
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Koufos-Led Nuggets Win Ninth Straight, Dominate Suns
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
PHOENIX -- Kosta Koufos scored a career high 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting, mostly from point-blank range, and the Denver Nuggets ran their winning streak to nine games with a 108-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. Corey Brewer added 20 points and Ty Lawson 19 as the Nuggets matched their longest winning streak of the season. Denver dominated points in the paint 74-32, including an assortment of soaring dunks. Wesley Johnson scored 18 and Marcus Morris had 16 for the Suns. Hamed Haddadi scored a career-high 13 for Phoenix. The Nuggets return home to face the Knicks on Wednesday night in Carmelo Anthony's first game in Denver since leaving for New York Denver led throughout the second half, but the Suns stayed within striking distance until the Nuggets finished the game with a 16-8 run over the final 4 1/2 minutes. Neither team led by more than seven points in the first half, despite Denver's 38-16 advantage in points in the paint. A ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jermaine O'Neal
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 37
    In February 2016, O'Neal noted that he had not yet officially retired from the NBA.
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  • 2014
    Age 35
    Feeling exhausted, O'Neal decided to sit out the 2014–15 NBA season.
    More Details Hide Details Despite receiving interest from several teams during the season, O'Neal remained out of action and instead decided to focus on his family.
    He returned to action on February 4, 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 34
    On December 13, 2013, O'Neal underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.
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    On July 23, 2013, O'Neal signed with the Golden State Warriors.
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    In March 2013, O'Neal took time off from the team to be with his daughter, Asjia, who underwent surgery to repair a leaky heart valve.
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    On February 27, 2013, O'Neal scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 105-101 overtime victory against the San Antonio Spurs.
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    O'Neal would return on February 5, 2013 against the Memphis Grizzlies before the All-Star break.
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    On January 23, 2013, O'Neal was sidelined by an irregular heartbeat.
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  • 2012
    Age 33
    On November 21, 2012, O'Neal scored 17 points off of 7-9 shooting off the bench to help defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 114–87.
    More Details Hide Details Two days later, O'Neal would record his first double-double with the Suns by scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a close 111-108 overtime victory over the New Orleans Hornets.
    On August 15, 2012, O'Neal signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.
    More Details Hide Details O'Neal cited the Suns' training staff as a major factor in his decision to sign with the team. He has been considered the leader around the locker room to replace the likes of Steve Nash and Grant Hill. As a result, O'Neal became a new captain of the team along with Jared Dudley.
    On April 20, 2012, he was waived by the Celtics following season-ending wrist surgery.
    More Details Hide Details In 25 games, he averaged 5. points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.
  • 2011
    Age 32
    O'Neal came back in the starting line-up for the 2011 NBA Playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details Boston (third seed) faced the New York Knicks in the first round. O'Neal had a good series, especially in Game 1 with 12 points and 5 blocks. Boston swept the Knicks, but lost to the eventual Eastern Conference champions, the Miami Heat, in the second round in five games.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    On July 14, 2010, O'Neal signed a two-year deal with the Boston Celtics.
    More Details Hide Details He had a difficult season with his new team, missing 58 regular season games with left knee and left wrist injuries, playing only 24 games and started in 10 of them, averaging 5.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 18. minutes per game.
  • 2009
    Age 30
    In the 2009–10 season, O'Neal started in all 70 games he played in and produced numbers identical to his career averages.
    More Details Hide Details Miami concluded the regular season as the fifth seed for the playoffs, and were up against the Boston Celtics. Boston won the series 4–1.
    On February 13, 2009, O'Neal and Jamario Moon were traded to Miami for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.
    More Details Hide Details In his 41 games as a Raptor, O'Neal averaged 13.5 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. The Heat went 7–5 in O'Neal's first 12 games with his new club—including a victory over the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre—as they looked to secure the fourth seed for the playoffs. The Heat eventually concluded the regular season with a 43–39 record and was seeded fifth. In the first round of the playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Heat in seven games.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    On June 25, 2008, it was reported that O'Neal and the 41st pick in the 2008 NBA draft, Nathan Jawai would be sent to Toronto for T. J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovič, Maceo Baston and the 17th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Roy Hibbert.
    More Details Hide Details The trade was finalized on July 9, 2008. The personal accomplishments don't matter. I understand what I need to do for this team to be successful and sometimes they're not going to need me to score. O'Neal was given jersey #6 for the Raptors since his number with the Pacers (#7) was already owned by Andrea Bargnani. While he was expected to combine with Toronto's three-time All-Star Chris Bosh to form a strong frontcourt and provide greater rebounding and interior defense for the Raptors, O'Neal's arrival was dwarfed by the Elton Brand signing pulled off by division rivals Philadelphia. O'Neal wasted no time in imposing his style on his new team: in the season opener at Philadelphia, he pointed to hecklers in the home crowd after making a dunk; in the team's second game, Toronto's center blocked a dunk from Golden State's Brandan Wright and thereafter waved a finger, as though to say "Don't come back here again." Even so, it took O'Neal some time to find his offensive game: he reached the 20-point mark just twice in his first 23 games, before notching three straight thereafter. By the All-Star break, injuries had ruled the big man out for almost a quarter of Toronto's games, while Bargnani regained his starting spot with a streak of solid performances. This, coupled with the Raptors entering the break placed 14th in the conference and 13 games under .500, Toronto General Manager Bryan Colangelo looked to move O'Neal to bring in a wing player and free up the salary space.
  • 2006
    Age 27
    O'Neal missed 13 more games in the 2006–07 season as the Pacers missed the playoffs altogether.
    More Details Hide Details O'Neal continued to miss huge amounts of time, especially towards the end of the season, as the Pacers struggled to compete. O'Neal's production and stats declined as well. He had two years and $44 million left on his deal. The Pacers were looking to move the huge contract.
  • 2005
    Age 26
    O'Neal continued his battle against injuries during the 2005–06 season, and played in only 51 games.
    More Details Hide Details Nevertheless, he averaged a team-high 20.1 points and 9.3 rebounds a game. and was voted by the fans as the starting forward for the Eastern Conference All-Star team (he was later replaced by Gilbert Arenas due to injury). The Pacers entered the playoffs as the sixth seed. They eventually lost to the New Jersey Nets in six games.
  • 2003
    Age 24
    Despite all the changes, O'Neal spearheaded the Pacers to a league-best 61–21 record in the 2003–04 season.
    More Details Hide Details He remained a constant double-double threat, averaging 20.1 points and 10. rebounds a game in the regular season. He also continued to rack up individual honors, making his third All-Star trip and being named to the All-NBA Second Team. Artest was instrumental to the team's success too as he enjoyed a breakthrough season, netting his first All-Star berth as well as the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. In the playoffs, Indiana gained revenge from the preceding season by sweeping Boston in the first round, before defeating the Miami Heat in the next. That sent them back to the Eastern Conference Finals for the sixth time in 11 years, where they were disposed of by eventual NBA champions Detroit Pistons. In the series-deciding Game 6, O'Neal endured a sprained knee and managed to tally 20 points and 10 rebounds, but Richard Hamilton's inspired play ensured a close victory for the Pistons.
  • 2002
    Age 23
    The 2002 NBA Most Improved Player was selected to represent his nation again in the 2002 World Basketball Championship which was held in Indianapolis.
    More Details Hide Details This time round, the Americans had a lackluster tournament, and could only finish sixth. O'Neal averaged 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds over eight games. The next year, Team USA staged a comeback in the 2003 Tournament of the Americas. Winning all its ten games and the gold medal, the team qualified for the 2004 Olympics. O'Neal featured in every game in that tournament, averaging 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest. While he was earmarked as a core member of the team that would compete in the Olympics, a knee injury prevented him from participating in the games. O'Neal is married to Mesha and has two children, a son, Jermaine Jr. and a daughter, Asjia. He also owned a recording studio named Bogota Entertainment in Atlanta. O'Neal is a Christian. O'Neal's Twitter account profile says, "Jesus is the answer!" He also frequently tweets about his faith.
  • 2000
    Age 21
    Starting in 80 of the 81 regular season games he played in for the 2000–01 season, his statistics improved significantly as he averaged 12.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
    More Details Hide Details The big man helped his team to a 41–41 record and the eighth playoff seed; he also led the league in total blocks (228, a franchise record), and led the Eastern Conference in double doubles. O'Neal kept up his form into the playoffs as well, averaging almost 9.8 points and 12.5 boards a game in the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers, although the series was short-lived as the latter emerged victorious in four games. I want to get to the point where I can destroy the entire league." Leading his team in scoring (19.) and rebounding (10.5), he chalked up 39 double doubles, which was third best in the conference and eighth best in the league. Indiana recorded 42 wins and qualified for the playoffs once again as the eighth seed, where they faced one of the hottest teams in the league at that time, the New Jersey Nets. The Pacers lost the series in 5 Games, despite forcing overtime twice. The Nets decided to put Kenyon Martin on O'Neal after the latter put up a 30-point, 11 rebound performance in Game 1, and they succeeded by limiting him to just 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for the rest of the series. As the Pacers reflected on yet another premature end to the postseason, they knew that O'Neal was next in line to succeed the 36-year-old Miller as the new face of the franchise.
    He was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 17th overall pick, but O'Neal was unable to break into the first team in Portland and was traded to the Indiana Pacers in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In his eight seasons with the club, he was voted an NBA All-Star six times, made the All-NBA teams three times, and was voted the NBA Most Improved Player in the 2001–02 season. He also helped Indiana reach the NBA Playoffs six times, including the Conference Finals in the 2003–04 season. He was traded to the Toronto Raptors before the 2008–09 season began, and traded to the Miami Heat midway through the same season. O'Neal joined the Boston Celtics prior to the 2010–11 season. In 2012, he signed with the Suns, and in the offseason of 2013, he signed with the Warriors. O'Neal was born in Columbia, South Carolina. He and his older brother, Clifford, were raised by their mother Angela Jones. Jones worked hard to support her sons, and left her children largely to their own devices. O'Neal found his love for athletics at a young age. Tall and quick, he enjoyed both American football and basketball, but basketball was his favorite sport. Two of his basketball heroes are Hakeem Olajuwon and Bill Russell; O'Neal often marveled at Olajuwon's approach to the game, while he loved watching Russell's video highlights of his duels with Wilt Chamberlain.
  • 1999
    Age 20
    Portland acquired Detlef Schrempf, Scottie Pippen, and Steve Smith during the 1999 offseason, which meant that O'Neal was once again consigned to the bench.
    More Details Hide Details His statistics remained unimpressive, averaging 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game during the regular season. In the meantime, the Trail Blazers continued to build on the success of their previous campaign. They notched 59 wins in the regular season, and defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Utah Jazz en route to reaching the Western Conference Finals. Up against recent perennial rivals the Los Angeles Lakers, the team relinquished a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter of the pivotal Game 7, and lost 89–84. Not that O'Neal was heavily involved in any of this, however. With back-to-back Conference Finals disappointments coupled with a lack of playing time, he soon announced his intention to be traded. The Trail Blazers relented in the end and sent him to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for NBA All-Star Dale Davis. The trade was greeted with surprise by the Indiana fans as the Pacers had just came off an appearance in the 2000 NBA Finals, and the trade involved losing a quality player for an unproven quantity in O'Neal. The Pacers roster also saw the departures of Mark Jackson, Rik Smits and Chris Mullin, and even coach Larry Bird stepped down. All of this meant that O'Neal arrived in Indianapolis facing intense pressure and scrutiny. When O'Neal arrived at his new club, new coach Isiah Thomas—who had pushed for the O'Neal/Davis trade—told him that he simply needed to work harder on his game to succeed.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 18
    O'Neal also became the youngest player at 18 years, three months and eleven days to score 20 points in a game on January 22, 1997 against the Seattle SuperSonics.
    More Details Hide Details Portland was mediocre in the first half of the campaign, but came to form as the playoffs approached and managed to finish third in the Pacific Division with a 49–33 win–loss record. While fans at the Rose Garden harbored thoughts of an upset against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, the Trail Blazers succumbed in four games. In O'Neal's first season, he appeared in a total of 45 games in the regular season, averaging 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. For the most part, however, he came off the bench and only averaged 10.2 minutes a game. O'Neal doubted for a while if he had made the right decision to skip college—he watched with envy as good friend and fellow prep-to-pro draftee Kobe Bryant was enjoying a good rookie season—but he remained confident that the best had yet to come.
  • 1996
    Age 17
    O'Neal was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers as the 17th pick in the 1996 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details The rookie was surrounded by veterans and emerging stars who could show him the ropes in Portland; forming the frontcourt with him were Arvydas Sabonis, Rasheed Wallace and Clifford R. Robinson. After missing the first 17 games with a bone contusion in his knee, O'Neal made his debut against the Denver Nuggets in December. At 18 years, one month and 22 days, he became the youngest player to play in an NBA game (a mark that was later eclipsed by Andrew Bynum).
  • 1995
    Age 16
    With O'Neal averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds and 9 blocks a game, Eau Claire captured its third straight 3A state title in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details The following July, the 16-year-old was to raise his profile yet again. At an ABCD summer basketball camp, he outplayed Tim Thomas, a rising star at that time. Before long, recruiting letters from various top colleges came pouring in. O'Neal, however, also faced great pressure off the court. That same year, the District Attorney contemplated prosecuting him for rape after he and his 15-year-old girlfriend were found partially nude in bed together by her father. The DA eventually did not prosecute O'Neal, but as the latter struggled to cope with the pressure on and off the court, Glymph stepped in, introducing discipline to his life and keeping his feet to the ground. At the same time, O'Neal's mother had met a new man, Abraham Kennedy, who also guided O'Neal along. In his senior season at Eau Claire, O'Neal's averages of 22.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game ensured that he was voted First Team All-State, South Carolina's Player of the Year and "Mr. Basketball". Named to USA Today's All-USA Basketball Team, he earned a spot in the McDonald's All-America Game as well. Despite being one of the nation's top prospects, O'Neal's future in college basketball was uncertain. He scored poorly on the SATs, and Glymph advised against him making the leap to the NBA. But it was only a year before that another South Carolinian—future NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett—had made a seamless transition from high school to the NBA, and O'Neal thought he could emulate Garnett.
  • 1992
    Age 13
    Each summer, he would play for an AAU team, and impressed onlookers with his athleticism and his ability to handle the ball with both hands. By the time he turned 14, the 6'4" O'Neal—now a confident guard who could drain three-pointers—entered Eau Claire High School of the Arts as a freshman in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details In his first meeting with basketball coach George Glymph, he made the bold promise to become the best player in the school's history. While O'Neal's first season was hardly noteworthy (he even played as quarterback for the Eau Claire team) things changed when he grew five inches over the next year and a half, and he was inspired to develop into a defensive powerhouse like his idol Russell. Glymph built his team's defense around O'Neal, and Eau Claire featured one of the most imposing frontcourts around.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on October 13, 1978.
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