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Jermaine O’Neal says Glen Davis took out his knee with ‘dirty play’ (Video)

Jermaine-O'Neal-Glen-Davis-kneeJermaine O’Neal was diagnosed with a sprain knee after the Golden State Warriors’ Game 6 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, but he insists he is going to play in Game 7. O’Neal injured his knee after a collision with Glen Davis early in the second quarter and was helped to the locker room. After watching the replay, O’Neal felt that it was a “dirty play.”

“I looked at it as just a dirty play,” he told reporters, via CSNBayArea.com’s Monte Poole. “I’m not going to go try to dive into somebody’s legs. It wasn’t a scramble for the ball. I respect people’s ability to come out and perform and take care of their family, based on their bodies. Either he has terrible balance as a pro athlete, or that was a dirty play.”

It’s hard to tell if Davis lost his balance and stumbled into O’Neal, but it didn’t look like he made much of an effort to stop himself. My guess is he won’t be disciplined because it’s almost impossible to determine intent on a play like that. That doesn’t mean O’Neal isn’t convinced.

“His head was down,” O’Neal added. “Even if you’re diving for something, you’ve got to see what you’re diving for. But, you know, God don’t like ugly.”

As if Game 7 wasn’t already going to be spirited enough between two teams with a ton of hatred toward one another, we now add an angry Jermaine O’Neal into the fold.

Jermaine O’Neal hyperextended his knee nasty style on collision

Jermaine O’Neal left Game 6 Thursday between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers after hurting his knee on a collision with Big Baby Davis.

O’Neal was going for a loose ball after a missed shot and Baby ran into him. You can see in the image below how O’Neal’s knee bent backwards:

Jermaine O'Neal knee

O’Neal went down to the ground and had to be helped to the locker room to be treated. At 35, O’Neal may be considering retirement. We hope this isn’t how his career ends. His injury also left the Warriors shorthanded at center; they were already without Andrew Bogut, and now they don’t have Jermaine.

Photo: Twitter/Jose3030

Jermaine O’Neal reportedly confronted Blake Griffin after game

Jermaine-ONeal-Blake-GriffinThe Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors have quickly developed a hatred for one another. There seems to be an incident every time the two teams get together, and Wednesday night was no exception. Early in the fourth quarter of LA’s 111-98 victory, Jermaine O’Neal was assessed a technical foul for saying something to Blake Griffin as he walked to the bench. The exchange continued after the final whistle.

According to Brad Turner of the LA Times, O’Neal confronted Griffin in the hallway after the game and the two briefly stood face to face.

“Why you want to walk up on me?” Griffin reportedly asked O’Neal. “Leave that (stuff) on the court.”

O’Neal responded that he is a “monster” off the court and the exchange ended. Griffin had no interest in talking about what happened when reporters asked him about it.

Nah,” he said. “That’s between me and him.”

Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com said the confrontation was blown out of proportion.

Remember, these are the same two teams who refuse to even hold chapel together before games. NBA fans should be crossing their fingers that the Clippers and Warriors meet in the playoffs.

Jermaine O’Neal unavailable for Warriors because of passport issue

Jermaine O'NealThe Golden State Warriors will be without backup center Jermaine O’Neal for Sunday’s game in Toronto because of a passport issue.

According to Warriors coach Mark Jackson, O’Neal’s passport is either lost or missing, so he was unable to enter Canada, Raptors reporter Holly MacKenzie says. The issue wasn’t discovered until Saturday, the day before the team’s game, according to Warriors beat reporter Diamond Leung.

O’Neal averages nearly 21 minutes per game for the Dubs and has actually been a factor in the last handful of games.

Two weeks ago he made a game-saving block against the Houston Rockets and posed like a champ after his victory:

Though a player having a passport issue seems menial and silly, it actually is a common thing in sports. Two years ago a Cavaliers player missed a game against the Raptors because of a passport problem. Ryan Dempster had the same thing and missed a start against the Blue Jays.

Jermaine O’Neal denies having altercation with Suns GM

jermaine onealJermaine O’Neal responded via his Twitter account Tuesday to deny a report that said he had a heated altercation with Phoenix Suns general manager Lance Blanks on Monday.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski cited a source in reporting that O’Neal and Blanks engaged in a “blistering, expletive-laced confrontation in the coach’s office.”

Here is exactly what Wojnarowski reported:

The confrontation happened after interim coach Lindsey Hunter’s first practice and unfolded within earshot of several Suns players in the locker room, sources said. Initially, O’Neal had expressed disappointment that his veteran stature hadn’t dictated the front office turning to him for counsel in the recent coaching change, a league source told Y! Sports. When O’Neal kept challenging Blanks, the discussion started to become an argument and ultimately a screaming match.

The Suns and Alvin Gentry parted ways on Friday, and Hunter was later named as the interim head coach.

O’Neal, who is 34 and in his 17th season season in the league, called the report “false.” Here’s what he wrote on Twitter:

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LeBron James and Jermaine O’Neal Mix it Up After Flagrant Foul

LeBron James and Jermaine O’Neal got into it momentarily in Miami Sunday after a hard foul issued by O’Neal. Rather than take a charge, O’Neal decided that laying a shoulder into LeBron would be a good idea. Check out the video of Jermaine’s body check on LeBron:

What’s the lesson to be learned? Don’t stand in the tracks when a train’s coming through. Oh yeah, and Jeff Van Gundy actually made plenty of sense issuing his commentary. Like he said, throwing the ball back was a natural reaction for LeBron even if it resulted in a technical foul. Jermaine got a flagrant 1 foul and both Dwyane Wade and Paul Pierce were assessed technicals as well.

The skirmish between the squads reflects the game’s intensity and it’s another sign that the playoffs are nearing. Like I said two months ago, Boston going 3-0 against Miami in the regular season didn’t matter. The Heat proved they’re a serious contender for the title.

Breaking Down America’s 50 Highest-Earning Athletes

Sports Illustrated has released its seventh annual “Fortunate 50″ list, which gives us a sense of the type of money American athletes made last year based on salary, winnings, endorsements and appearance fees.  Despite the epic downfall of his image, Tiger Woods remained at the top of the list with nearly $30 million to spare.  Phil Mickelson held strong at No. 2 on the list and can probably thank Tiger’s demise for any extra cash that may have been thrown his way over the past year.   Here are a few aspects of the list that stuck out to me:

Floyd Mayweather Jr.: Want an idea of how much money can be made in boxing?  Mayweather, who may or may not be ducking Manny Pacquiao, checked in at No. 3 on the list after not being ranked in 2009.  While most of the top athletes on the list rake in a ton in endorsements, Mayweather made only $250,000 in endorsement deals and the rest — $60 million — in salary and winnings.  A bout with Shane Mosley alone earned him $40 million.

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