We are more than halfway through August, just more than two months away from the start of the NBA regular season, and Jermaine O’Neal has yet to make his decision on whether he will suit up at all in 2014.
O’Neal, who will turn 36 in October, proved he is still a capable backup big man. In just over 20 minutes per game last season, O’Neal averaged 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds, which are good enough for a very respectable 15.3 PER rating.
Reports indicate O’Neal will either retire or play for the Warriors again next season:
“It’s been a fantastic run,” the six-time All-Star said, while adding that he’d ask his 8-year-old son for input. “You never picture your last game being one where you can’t be effective in a Game 7. That’s a tough pill to swallow.”
O’Neal’s career averages are 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds, and he probably will be considered for the Hall of Fame if he retires. He also made the All-Star team six consecutive seasons (2001-2007).
If O’Neal does call it quits, nobody could blame the 17th overall pick back in the 1996 draft. O’Neal has spent the better half of his life playing in the NBA and is bound to hang up his shoes one final time sooner or later.