Tag: Jermaine O’Neal

Golden State Warriors v Dallas Mavericks

Stephen Curry’s jumper with 0.1 left beats Mavericks in overtime (VIDEO)


Stephen Curry does it again.

With the game tied 120-120 and less than 15 seconds left in overtime, it all started when Jermaine O’Neal blocked/grabbed a Monta Ellis driving floater (it was a borderline goaltend but a good no call) then the Warriors didn’t call a time out, got the ball to Stephen Curry and let him create. Curry probed on the left side and after everyone cleared out he was isolated on Jose Calderon, was able to create a little space going left and all Curry needs to get off his shot is a little space. Bucket with 0.1 seconds left. Ball game.

If I were the Mavericks I would have doubled Curry — yes, the Warriors have other dangerous shooters, but you don’t let Curry get the last shot. This is why no timeout was brilliant for Golden State, the Mavs didn’t have time to set up a defensive plan.

The loss drops Dallas back to the nine seed, half a game behind Memphis and Phoenix. This is a blow to them.

The win helps keep Golden State solidly in the six slot (they had been closing in Portland, who has played better with LaMarcus Aldridge back).

Jermaine O’Neal calls talk of firing Warriors head coach Mark Jackson ‘ridiculous’

Golden State Warriors v Sacramento Kings

Jermaine O’Neal is in his 18th NBA season, and when he hasn’t been busy confronting opponents outside the locker room following games or causing lane violations with the hitch in his free throw stroke, he’s been a pretty decent contributor for the Warriors off the bench this season.

He’s also a big fan of Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, who’s come under fire this season both for his Xs and Os, as well as his latest reassignment of an assistant coach.

O’Neal was upset by the most recent round of criticism, and voiced his support for Jackson while saying he’s the main reason that O’Neal would be willing to come back and play for the Warriors next season.

From Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News:

Warriors veteran big man Jermaine O’Neal called any talk of firing coach Mark Jackson “ridiculous” and “unfair” before offering a vote of confidence unique to his own NBA career. …

“But the No. 1 reason that I will come back and play another year is because of Coach Jackson. I’m absolutely, 100 percent positive about that. He makes it easy to come in this gym every day, and there’s not a lot of coaches that do that.” …

“To me, it’s one of the most unfair things that I’ve seen in a long time,” O’Neal said. “And it truly is a team that’s 18 games over .500. Eighteen. And we’re talking about firing a coach with 10, 11 games left?”

Jackson was widely believed to be the motivator and emotional leader of last year’s team that made it to the second round of the playoffs, but his assistant Mike Malone got most of the credit for the schemes put in from a pure basketball perspective.

Malone is now the coach of the Kings, and things apparently didn’t end well between him and Jackson.

We saw Lionel Hollins and George Karl both lose their positions at the end of last season after guiding their respective teams to more than 56 regular season wins. The same may very well happen to Jackson if the Warriors have a disappointing postseason effort or fail to make the playoffs altogether, and O’Neal’s support, while nice, wouldn’t be nearly enough to save him.

Here’s two minutes of Jermaine O’Neal causing lane violations with his free throw shooting motion (VIDEO)

jermaine o'neal

It was honestly a bit surprising to discover that Jermaine O’Neal, now in his 18th NBA season and currently with the Golden State Warriors, is a career 71 percent free throw shooter, and is hitting almost 75 percent of his attempts this season.

Watch his shooting motion over and over again in the video clip above, and you’ll see why that’s counterintuitive, to say the least.

The hitch at the top of his stroke acts as a de facto pump fake, and opposing players fall for it over and over again by stumbling into the lane before the ball is released.

It’s a violation if the referees choose to call it, which can be hit or miss at best. But the scouting reports on O’Neal are apparently woefully incomplete where most teams are concerned, considering that he’s been all about this awkward motion for so many years.