Pacing Themselves

Although he plays for a rival team, Jermaine O'Neal makes it hard for Houston Rockets fans to root against him. At the recent celebrity game during All-Star Weekend, the Indiana Pacers forward scribbled his autograph for every screaming kid who stormed the bleachers. And he was genuine about it — unlike some pro athletes who roll their eyes the minute they turn away from their adoring fans. But while O'Neal is a nice guy to Houstonians off the court, he's likely to kick some ass today on the hardwood when he and the Pacers take on the Rockets, who are trying to muster a playoff run.
Wed., March 8, 7:30 p.m.

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