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Your Morning Dump… Where Jermaine O’Neal had a difficult time in Boston

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. 

He had arrived in Boston four years earlier to provide interior presence and restore the Celtics to their recent glory. Instead, his career had appeared to end ingloriously, with a whimper, under the low hum of that machine. O’Neal always seemed to be between surgeries, the trainer’s table, and doctor consultations. Maybe it was time to call it a career.

“Those two years [in Boston] were very difficult for me, because not only did I feel like I was wearing down physically, I was wearing down mentally,” O’Neal said. “That was the first time in my life I felt myself starting to break away a little bit.”

Grantland

You had a difficult time in Boston, Jermaine?

What about the fans who watched you play and complain during your two years in Boston? I bet it was more difficult on us because we didn’t earn $10 million for 49 games.

Yes, Jermaine was injured frequently during his time here. But his teammates weren’t sold on the severity of his injuries. And let’s not forget on his way out he complained about his role in the offense.

Why am I still annoyed with this guy?

On Page 2, Jason Kidd benched KG and PP for the entire 4th quarter last night.

“Without a doubt,” Paul Pierce said of the team believing it can beat Toronto two straight times, starting Friday in Game 6. “We got to take care of home. … And we’ll see them back here Sunday.”

It wasn’t designed to go this way last summer, when the Nets were assembled with Jason Kidd’s hiring and the much-ballyhooed trade for Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The Nets were thinking Eastern Conference championship and more. The blueprint didn’t have first-round exit written on it.

Heck, the final play Wednesday shouldn’t even have seen Blatche holding the ball. Ideally, the ball would have been in Pierce’s hands. But Pierce and Garnett were on the bench for the entire fourth.

ESPN NY

In case you missed it, Brooklyn rallied from a 22-point 4th quarter deficit only to fall to Toronto in the final seconds in Game 5.

It’s hard to lobby for Pierce when he was a disgusting -31 over 3 quarters and the guy taking his spot (Mirza Teletovic) was a +31.

But the Nets could have used some veteran composure over the final 90 seconds of the game.

Is it me or does Jason Kidd still have the deer in headlights look out there?

And finally, Vitor Faverani is enjoying his time off.

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The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Goodman’s Mock 2.0 | Sullinger report card

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  • Paul Yee

    If Kidd put them back in, he’d be getting killed for taking out the unit that fought out of a 22 point deficit.
    Must admit that Blatche inbounds pass was super boneheaded though.

  • bill_nair

    I can’t stand JO. One of the few celtics players I can say I hated during and after their tenure.

  • tvor03

    I wonder where JO will ultimately fall on the “Most Hated Celtics of All Time” list. In my eyes, he’s a top 5 candidate. Definitely the worst of the New Big 3 era.

  • LA Flake

    They traded for Pierce & he’s won game 1 on the road for them. I’d say PP’s already done his share.

  • jrleftfoot

    Blatche is one of the dumbest players in NBA history.Unfortunately KG, in the death throes of a brilliant career , is toast, but Pierce should have been in there.

    • LA Flake

      KG’s not done. He’s just not in rhythm. Hard to do when you’re resting for 30 minutes a game.

      • jrleftfoot

        He looks done to me, but I hope you are right.I`d love to see him make a difference once more before time runs out.

  • CFH

    Aw. Poor widdle Jermaine the Drain. Took the major salary cap exception from a team with a tiny window to compete and not only didn’t play, but spent all his time whining about how people didn’t understand that he’d had a long career so that meant he shouldn’t be expected to play.

    I feel like the his time in Boston is best summed up by the game half the team had the flu. JO complained publicly about how frustrating it was to have the flu after all his other injuries and didn’t play. The rest of the team… played with the flu.

  • RedsLoveChild

    The blame lies with the Celtics…everyone knew JO was an aging, badly broken down athlete before Boston decided to throw $10M at him.

    For anyone who still worships at the altar of Pierce & Garnett….the Nets stunning 4th quarter rally w/o them had to have been difficult to watch.

  • Frank Aziza

    He doesn’t allow KG time to get in a groove.

    • tvor03

      KG’s body doesn’t give him the chance to get in a groove. It takes him six minutes to find his stroke, but his body can’t handle more than five. It’s sad to see the end of his career, but it was coming at some point.

  • KWAPT

    It’s been tough watching Kevin, and it’s time for him to call it a career. And I’m the biggest KG fan there is. His body is simply worn down & he can’t contribute the way he used to. I see him retiring this summer & Paul probably going on a one-year deal, farewell tour with someone.