Can Jermaine O’Neal Make a Difference?
If (Doc) Rivers and (Danny) Ainge get the Jermaine O’Neal who averaged 5.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 22 minutes last postseason, they would be satisfied.
“He just looks great,’’ Rivers said. “It’s amazing the difference watching him this time, [from] last year in camp. Just the fact he knows stuff and he’s comfortable.”
O’Neal played 70 games two seasons ago with the Heat and 68 the previous season with the Heat and Raptors. He is nearly a year removed from his knee surgery that alleviated pain he had been dealing with for months.
“I’ve got more muscle, definitely stronger, legs significantly stronger than they were last year,’’ he said. “So I’m not a player that’s going to get discouraged about this business and what goes on around me. I have a job and I owe it to my teammates and I owe it to the people here as a Celtic.’’