A little more than a year ago, Jared Dudley tweeted that he played with Jermaine O’Neal and O’Neal looked good. O’Neal, sadly, followed that tweet with a season that was disappointing, albeit one that included a resurgence of sorts in the playoffs.
Yesterday, Dudley took his Twitter praise to a new level and showed considerably more excitement about Jermaine’s play. How Jermaine follows that praise next season, quite obviously, remains to be seen.
In other Jermaine O’Neal news, WEEI’s Ben Rohrbach discussed how Jermaine compares to Hall of Fame big men. While being sure to point out that he is not campaigning for Jermaine ‘s induction into the Hall (thank God), Rohrbach uses a tale of the tape to show that Jermaine actually isn’t as far from the Hall of Fame as you might think.
My personal thoughts: if Jermaine O’Neal ever gets inducted into the Hall of Fame, the induction committee might as well spit on every other plaque in the building. With all due respect to Jermaine, who put together a very impressive career that included a number of All-Star appearances, and Rohrbach, whose work I respect, O’Neal does not deserve to have his name mentioned in the same sentence as the term “Hall of Fame” — even if he once made six consecutive All-Star teams and his career defensive rating is better than Scottie Pippen’s.