Tue, Mar 12th 2013, 03:47
After nearly a week with his family, Jermaine O’Neal has returned to his extended family.
He rejoined his Phoenix Suns’ teammates Monday following six days in Boston, where his daughter, 13-year-old Asjia, underwent successful heart surgery to repair a leaky valve.
“As a parent, you try to mentally be as strong as you possibly can for your kids,” O’Neal said. “My daughter, she taught me a lot about strength over these last six days. It’s hard to see kids go through what she went through.
“I don’t think anything you can do can actually prepare you to see the emotions of a child — your child, going into surgery and the emotions of watching your child be connected to an IC unit and…
Sat, Dec 29th 2012, 17:10
Jermaine O’Neal spent eight seasons playing for the Indiana Pacers. He made the playoffs six times in those eight seasons. He was selected to five All-Star Games and was a Most Valuable Player candidate one year.
That was more than four years ago.
But when he does retire, which could be any year now for the 34-year-old veteran, he wants to retire as a Pacer.
O’Neal was back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday as a backup center with the Phoenix Suns.
“I would be honored if the organization would allow me to (retire with them), the city allowed me to do that,” O’Neal said. “I can go anywhere in the world and people recognize me from my Pacers days. My heart and soul…