Pacers' O'Neal now has 'healthy' interest in Team USA

Updated: November 10, 2006, 7:20 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana forward Jermaine O'Neal may be interested in a return to Team USA.

Jermaine O'Neal

O'Neal declined tryout invitations from Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo after last season because of a nagging groin injury. He said he hasn't decided yet, but playing this year is a possibility.

"I'm going to talk to Mr. Colangelo at some point this year," he said. "I'm going to reach out to him because he reached out to me a couple of times last year, but it just wasn't the best feeling in my body."

O'Neal helped the United States win a gold medal in the 2003 Tournament of the Americas Olympic qualifier but was forced to withdraw from 2004 Olympics due to a knee injury. The U.S. will compete in the 2007 Tournament of the Americas to qualify for the 2008 Olympic games.

O'Neal said he will likely contact Colangelo by January.

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