Friday , Feb , 08 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Sizing Up Jermaine O’Neal

While most of the Knicks act and talk like they want nothing to do with Isiah Thomas, Pacers forward/center Jermaine O’Neal has made it clear that he would gladly accept a trade to New York. ‘I think in this business you got to be willing to believe at some point, if your team struggles you are going to be traded,’ O’Neal said after the Pacers handed the Knicks their seventh straight loss on Wednesday night.

‘I would accept it.’ O’Neal didn’t want to directly address coming to New York out of respect for the Pacers, but said Madison Square Garden was ‘one of the most desired atmospheres to play in in basketball.’ According to O’Neal, the Pacers are in trade talks with several teams and it is no secret that Thomas has tried on several occasions to acquire O’Neal, whom he coached for three seasons in Indiana. O’Neal’s high school coach, George Glymph, is on Thomas’ staff. Click here for more from the New York Daily News.