Jermaine O'Neal  
 

  • Jermaine also played a little football as a teenager. He was a quarterback on the Eau Claire High School team through his junior year.
  • Jermaine finished his high school career with 1,372 points and 833 rebounds. He owns the Eau Claire marks for blocks in a game (16), season (170) and career (397).
  • Jermaine made his first appearance for USA Basketball in 1996 on the American Hoop Summit Team. In a loss to an International Select Team, he accounted for 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Jermaine still holds Hoop Summit USA Team records for most free throws made (11), most free throws attempted (16) and tied the mark for most rebounds (10).
  • Before to the 1999 NBA season, Jermaine got a tattoo that read “Year of the Resurrection.”
  • In 2000-01, Jermaine became the first Pacer in franchise history to reject more than 200 shots in a season.
  • Jermaine led the Pacers with 373 FTM and 510 FTA in 2002-03. He was the first Pacer (other than Reggie Miller) to make 300+ free throws since Detlef Schrempf in 1992-93.
  • In January of 2003, Jermaine set a team record with 10 blocks against the Toronto Raptors. With 18 points and 11 rebounds, he also became the second Indiana player to record a triple-double involving blocked shots. Darnell Hillman pulled off the same feat in an ABA game in 1972.
  • Going into the 2003-04 campaign, Jermaine and Clark Kellogg were the only players in Pacers history to register more than 40 double-doubles in a season. He ranked behind Dale Davis (158), Herb Williams (149), Detlef Schrempf (132), Kellogg (131) and Rik Smits (122) on the club’s all-time list for double-doubles.
  • One of Jermaine’s biggest thrills was meeting Bill Russell. He saw him courtside at a game in Indiana in 2001, and walked over to introduce himself. Russell shook his hand, told him he was a fan and offered to work with him on his defense.
  • Jermaine is listed at 6-11, but some observers feels he’s an inch or two shorter than that.
  • In high school, Jermaine drank a half-gallon of milk a day. He thinks this habit might have helped produce his amazing growth spurt.
  • Jermaine got his first earring, a gift from his mother, when he was a senior in high school.
  • Jermaine’s hobbies include reading, bowling, video games and billiards.
  • Jermaine is involved with the Boys & Girls Club, and has hosted basketball camps.
  • Jermaine owns a recording studio, Bogota Entertainment, located in Atlanta.
  • Jermaine has a luxury car collection, which includes a silver Mercedes G500 SUV.
  • On off-days, Jermaine likes to take his daughter, Asjia, bowling.


 

 


Detlef Schrempf, 1992-93 Upper Deck


Darnell Hillman, 1974-75 Topps


Bill Russell, 1959 Official NBA Guide

 

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