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Jermaine O'Neal says retirement planned next year

Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:19 pm
By Matt Moore

Jermaine O'Neal really thought he had it. By signing with the Celtics, he thought for sure this would net him a title. And for most of the season, right up until the last quarter, really, it looked like the Celtics were the best team in basketball. But it didn't work out, and O'Neal's season didn't go well either, as he was constantly sidelined with injuries. He'll be 33 next month, and the time has come for him to look at his future.'s Sherrod Blakely spoke with O'Neal in Vegas at the Impact Training Series, and the veteran big man says 2012 will be his last season. He'll retire in 2012, regardless of whether there's a season or not.
"I'm going into my 16th year, so I know my time is near," O'Neal said. "I know someday the ball is going to go flat; you have to plan for life after basketball and that's what I have been doing."
via J. O'Neal talks retirement after 2011-12 season.

O'Neal's retirement would coincide with the expiration of his contract, so it wouldn't affect the Celtics' cap situation. O'Neal told CSN New England that his business interests have been diversified to prepare for his life after basketball. 

It's also notable that O'Neal says he won't pursue an overseas offer. Instead, he wants to spend more time with his kids. An admirable change from the common refrain that money is all that matters. 



Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:18 pm

Jermaine O'Neal says retirement planned next year

O'Neal is doing what a lot of other players should start to do. Know when it is time to call it quits! Some players will do anything to chase a ring or title. Look back a few years at the Lakers when they had Malone , Payton and the rest. They were chasing a ring and were well past their prime. O'Neal is doing the wrong thing by being ahead of the game and looking at his future. He can also make money by being a sideline reporter or work for a Sports network. But he is looking ahead which is great! 

Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:04 pm

Jermaine O'Neal says retirement planned next year

It's cool to see that he is ready knows when it's time to walk away from the game instead of being forced out. Also to prepare his self for the future is a plus.

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