In response to aciemvp's comment:
In response to charliedarling's comment:
I am not sure how many "thriving ex-Celts" there are out there, but this O'Neal had not a clue when he was in Boston. Good for him that he is healthy and playing well, but I am glad that he is and ex-Celt.
maybe you didn't read the boston.com article that had o'neal's quotes in it from this last fall. not a bitter article, but the man felt like he needed to clear his name in a sort of way. rivers and co. ran nothing for o'neal in practice. what you saw in games was rusty o'neal. who wouldn't have been.
give him a ham sandwich of a look here and there in practice and he could have helped out more than he did. unless you've played basketball a fair amount with a fair level of competency, you probably don't understand the significance of being just a practice dummy and then you're throw in there in a game and expected, or not, to do something.
scrimmage is as close to "in game" practice as you get. if you're ignored during that and the ball does come your way in the game, you're NOT going to do as well as you could, or should. so part of it was not o'neal's fault that he looked lost on offense. he was a decent defensive player for us. just not durable.
You shouldn't believe everything what Jermaine O'Neal says. Before he joined the Celtics, he claimed that the Heat wanted him back when the opposite was true. What else do you expect him to say to the media but self-serving crap. He knew what he was getting into when he joined the Celtics, so he shouldn't act like a cry baby. Truth is he refused to accept his role on the team and gave up on it to the point of feigning injury.