After playing a total of 49 games over the last two seasons with the Boston Celtics, Jermaine O’Neal will be auditioning for the Lakers.
O’Neal battled knee injuries and had surgery in February, and health has been his problem since 2003-2004, the last season in which he played any where near a full load of games.
“Why are the Lakers bothering?” is certainly the question Celtics fans are asking. After watching him hobble around the last two seasons, Celts fans more than anyone else know that O’Neal has almost nothing left in the tank.
The Celtics loss is, well, the Lakers loss, too. They’re not obtaining a player that can solidify their front court, because he can’t even stay on the court to do it.
Are the Lakers that desperate, or is it just bringing O’Neal in for an “Audition” as the wiretap reports? I’m going to have to think it is just to have a look and see if he appears healthy. If he is, I guess a veteran min contract won’t hurt much, and is a low risk investment on the part of Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. If O’Neal played even 55 games, it would be fair return for their money, and that has to be the hope out in La-La land.
Celtics fans are just counting their blessings he’s not here, and that should say enough.