PHOENIX On a Saturday night featuring two NBA teams modeling throwback-style work clothes, the most compelling reminder of the visiting teams history was the presence of Jermaine ONeal.
Now employed as backup center by the Phoenix Suns, ONeal made his pro basketball bones with his low-post roughhousing for the Indiana Pacers.
It seems like its been 10 years since I played there, but its only been four or five, ONeal -- a Pacer from 2000 through part of 2008 -- said of life after Indiana.
With the Pacers hitting town as the Eastern Conferences third seed, ONeal (13 points, five rebounds) had some throwback moments during a relatively rousing Suns rally that ended in a 112-104 defeat.
When they come here, its not as special, ONeal said of the Pacers before they handed the Suns their 51st defeat in 74 games. Its always more special going back there. Going back to that arena, theres a lot of good memories.
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