Jermaine O'Neal Draws a Line in the Sand

December, 18, 2005
12/18/05
8:55
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As you may have heard, Ron Artest is now saying he would like to return to the Pacers. Mark Montieth and Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star have lots of reasons why that will be difficult:
Even if management would allow Artest back, it appears he would have difficulty regaining the trust of his teammates. Most of the Pacers approached following Saturday's 102-96 victory over New York at Madison Square Garden -- their fourth win in five games without Artest -- did not want to discuss the issue.

"I don't want to comment on that," forward Austin Croshere said. "And you can say I said it (in a disgusted tone of voice)."

Jermaine O'Neal has been blunt in his viewpoint.

"We can never play together,'' he said after Friday's game against Utah. "If he came back somehow, it would be him or me.''
O'Neal didn't back down from that Saturday, and offered no olive branch.

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