Jermaine O’Neal was nearly in tears after the Pacers fell to the Magic by a final score of 95-87 on national television Friday.
“It’s just disappointing to lose the way we have been losing,” O’Neal said. “It’s embarrassing; it’s a lot of things.”
O’Neal was asked about wanting to be traded, a question likely to continue to come up as the Pacers move closer to missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996-97.
After pausing for 10 seconds to take in the question, O’Neal put a towel over his face to hide his emotions and ended the interview session. O’Neal has said a number of times since last summer that he plans to sit down with CEO Donnie Walsh and president Larry Bird at the end of the season to address future plans.