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Jermaine O'Neal can't fulfill promise

Oft-injured center never really helped Celtics because he couldn't stay on floor

Updated: March 20, 2012, 9:09 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers had just dubbed him the training camp MVP, and inside the locker room after the team's mid-December intrasquad scrimmage at TD Garden, veteran center Jermaine O'Neal beamed with pride as he informed a handful of reporters of a lofty goal for the 2011-12 season: to play 90 percent of Boston's games.

"My goal is to stay healthy, so that when Doc calls on me, I'm ready to go," O'Neal said. "I just don't want to be hurt."

Unfortunately, the ...

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