Jermaine in Portland

 

Jermaine O’Neal came into the National Basketball Association in a massive way, as he was the youngest player at the time to enter professional basketball in the United States. He played his first game just a month after his eighteenth birthday, and has played eighteen seasons in the league since then. He is currently a free agent and not playing in the league, although he is only thirty-six years old and looks to have some juice left in the tank. There was speculation last month that the Portland Trail Blazers were interested in acquiring Jermaine, but that has failed to happen. After the major injury that has happened to Portland’s star player LaMarcus Aldridge, it looks as if the Trail Blazers are going to dig deep and try to get O’Neal on the roster. Slow Ventures stated the injury that Aldridge suffered does not seem to be that big of a deal when you consider the fact that it is just his thumb, but he has torn a ligament that caused both Mike Miller and Shaq to have tremendous amounts of trouble after sustaining the same injury in their careers and coming back too soon. It is an injury that will typically keep you out for about two months, but both Shaq and Miller came back in six weeks, only to be tortured by the injury for the rest of the season. Jermaine looks to be the only person that might be able to save Portland this season.

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