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Jermaine O'Neal: "This Is Probably My Last Year"

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A very good weak side defender.
A very good weak side defender.
We've only got one big man on the roster right now and we're not even sure there will be an NBA season.  However, if there are games played this year, then it will likely be Jermaine O'Neal's last.

Jermaine O'Neal interview - InsideHoops.com

Hopefully we get an opportunity to play at the ultimate level, and that's in the NBA Finals, and winning the championship. This is probably my last year. I've been blessed to play 15 long years. And had a lot of great things happen. I have two little-ones that are getting older now. A 12-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy that I really want to spend more time with. And obviously you want to do what's best for your family and what's best for your livelyhood as far as the physical nature. You don't want to play too long. I had my second surgery last year on my knee. Sometimes you just have to know when to call it. Hopefully I have a full, successful year this year. And hopefully our team is able to win it. I know Danny [Ainge] is going to do whatever he needs to do to make the team better... I did everything else but win it, win a championship. I even played in a championship. So I'm looking forward to that.

This can't come as much of a shock for a guy that has played a long time and has battled injuries for much of the last several years.  He seems like a good guy that is doing his best to play through pain and compete at the highest level.  For his sake and for everyone's sake, I hope he has one more chance to play for that championship.