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Jermaine O'Neal

I'M GLAD I SKIPPED COLLEGE

3/25/2014 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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College ain't for everybody ... so says NBA star Jermaine O'Neal who tells TMZ Sports he has absolutely NO REGRETS about skipping school to go straight to the pros.

Of course, O'Neal -- who was leaving Mr. Chow with his wife -- went to the league back in '96, before the NBA implemented a rule requiring players to be 1 year out of high school to sign with a team.

And get this ... Jermaine says he doesn't watch the NCAA tournament either -- but it's not because he has no alma mater to pull for, it's because the competition to just too weak for his taste.

"The level of play isn't the same like it was 4 or 5 years ago."

Boom.

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3 COMMENTS

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Eric in L.A.    

He is very lucky he hasn't gotten injured or he would have been screwed with no education to back him up. Plus it would have been nice to have a business degree to understand how to handle your money. Take a look at some the your ex fellow players that are broke now.

177 days ago
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ASHY LARRY    

Yep-Yep I's skipped skool and I's b just fine,now I's b in Da business world,I's b haven Da sale,two cracks rocks fo one. {while supply's last}

177 days ago
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lourdgoogoo    

The NBA needs a "2 and done" rule. Too many guys go to the NBA unprepared.

174 days ago

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