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Your Morning Dump… Where Jermaine says he never asked for a buyout

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 21, 2012 Uncategorized 9 Comments

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"That's something that needs to be cleared up," he said. "I never asked Danny. I never spoke to Danny – quote me on this – about a buyout. Danny has never spoken to me about a buyout. Our conversation has always been strictly with [team trainer] Ed Lacerte and our doctors about my health and my ability to come back. "

O'Neal added, "He said to the media that we were going to have a conversation, and we both had the same question for each other, 'Where does this stuff come from?' My concern and his concern was my ability to get back on the court. And if I couldn't, then I couldn't. He has supported me in such a way that . . . me and my family appreciate that."

CSNNE:  O'Neal: I never spoke to [Ainge] about a buyout

I know, Jermaine… the media is full of people who just make things up to drive pageviews, listenership and viewership.  And while you can make the argument that guys will go over the top and make wild arguments they don't always themselves believe (see Felger, Michael or Bayless, Skip), I'm not buying it with Adrian Wojnarowski, who had the original JO buyout news.

Words can be carefully chosen.  "I never spoke to Danny about a buyout" doesn't mean someone who represents him didn't drop a hint that Jermaine was open to one.  Of course, the "sources" could also be Jermaine and his people who are trying to plant a story, refute it, and then when Danny says "where did THAT story come from?"  Jermaine could say "I don't know… crazy, right?  Unless you're, you know, into it…. "

But hey, that's fine.  This is the business side of things and this is just how all this stuff works in the NBA.  Jermaine is leaving the door open to come back and play again, saying he has the option to have certain surgeries that won't end his career… that is until he has the career ending bone-fusion surgery at some point.  And he also says…

I would like to come and finish a job that I started [in Boston]. If not, I totally understand. I still appreciate everything this organization has done for me."

Somehow, I don't think that's going to happen.  There's a lot in that link at the top.  It's the most extensive stuff we've heard from Jermaine in a while. 

Related links:  Herald:  O'Neal says he tried everything to come back to C's  |  Difficult decision for O'Neal  |  Globe: O'Neal says surgery decision was difficult

On Page 2:  Greg Stiemsma gets ready for a home game tomorrow

Greg stiemsma blocking pau gasol“Actually since probably the first day I signed with the Celtics, people have been like, ‘Oh, you’re in Milwaukee on March 22.’ They’ve been telling me they’ve been counting the days for three months now, so it’ll be fun. I’m looking forward to it. Plus it’ll be a big game. All these games are big coming up. So to go in there and get a win will be real good.”

Stiemsma doesn’t want to lose the focus that allowed him to shed weight and take giant steps with his game. But he smiles when he considers how big a deal tomorrow night will be for Randolph and it’s population of around 1,800.

“I think the town might shut down,” he said.

Herald: Greg Stiemsma goes home

Good for him.  I just hope he's not TOO amped to play in front of friends and family, gets overzealous, and commits stupid fouls.  Sometimes when you get in front of your family like that, you move a little too fast and try to do a little too much. 

Of course, he could also be so energized by it that he goes off and blocks 8 shots.

I think I'm voting for the second one.  

Related links:  CSNNE:  Stiemsma won't relinquish minutes easily  

The rest of the links: 

ESPN Boston:  Mailbag: Any bigs out there?  |  5-on-5, will C's make the playoffs?  |  WEEI:  How will this strange trip end?  |  Globe:  Open fire  

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  • gaia

    it would be great if we have boris diaw !!!!
    http://twitter.com/#!/johnhollinger

  • paul

    Sure, journos and quasi-journos lie, or bend the truth. And so do players and owners. And I really really love the totally immoral and unethical way people justify anything bad by saying ‘it’s just business’ – that well known mafia phrase. It’s disgusting.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redslovechild1 Redslovechild

    Time to put E`Twaun Moore`s picture on a milk carton!
    In Boston`s last 14 games….he`s played a total of 10 minutes.
    So much for his 16 points in 17 minutes vs. Orlando, less than 2 months ago.

  • Danno

    Woj reports bunk rumors nearly as often as the rest. he just has a better track record with getting the scoop on real rumors.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    Boris Diaw at sf anyone?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    Diaw is 6’8″. Not gonna cut-it. I’d like to see us grab someone at least 6’10” in my opinion. One true center (Stiemsma) ain’t gonna cut-it. Now if Marquis gets bought-out and we open 2 spots maybe..

  • john

    Kind of a dickish article. The man, is old. His body is breaking down. It’s not like he woke up one morning and I thought “Gee I hope my knee gives out today, I’d sure like to do nothing for the rest of the year.” or, “Gosh I’d like to have season ending wrist surgery.”
    I highly doubt he asked for a buyout.

  • Danno

    exactly. from all accounts I’ve heard, he really is a genuinely nice guy in real life. good heart, church-going kinda guy. I think he’s just getting old and people are tired of having him take up a roster spot. and the sports journalists need to make things up to generate page views. sad, really.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/johnrotolo John Rotolo

    The writer has no more idea than the rest of us as to what went on between Ainge and JO. Guessing what someone thought or did and making insinuations based on those guesses is , indee, dickish.