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Frank Slade
10-17-2005, 12:46 PM
REGGIE'S SUCCESSOR
Jackson Ready
To Follow Legend


By Conrad Brunner | Oct. 17, 2005--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Stephen Jackson knew this was coming. He didn't know when or how, but he knew.
At some point, he was going to succeed Reggie Miller as the starting shooting guard for the Pacers. He would step into some of the biggest shoes ever vacated, following a player legendary not only for his production, but his heroics. Not to mention quite possibly the most popular player in franchise history.

When the Pacers gave up Al Harrington to Atlanta in order to acquire Jackson prior to last season, they did so with the future in mind. With Miller's retirement last May, the moment has arrived for Jackson.

"That was the plan," said Coach Rick Carlisle. "We loved Al Harrington but we understand that we needed to have a long-term plan to help when Reggie did decide to retire. This is where we pictured things going. He's not Reggie Miller from the 3-point line but he's not far from it in terms of his ability to get the ball in the basket from deep."
Jackson also possesses the right kind of personality to deal with the pressure unique to his situation. Brash, confident to the point of cocky, outgoing and popular with his teammates, he will draw plenty of support within the walls of the locker room as well as on the floor.

"Eventually, Reggie was going to walk off into the sunset and I knew I'm a guy that can bring the team together, that gets along with everybody and can make this team one big family," Jackson said. "That's the way we have to be to win games. We have to be on the same page. I enjoy doing this. I get along with everybody. Everybody knows I'm a fun guy to be around and I want to win games. Anything I have to do to support my teammates, I will. That's what they love about me."

Though it might be considered heresy to suggest, Jackson brings some abilities to the floor absent for at least the final few seasons of Miller's 18-year tenure. He is stronger, more effective in the post, more able to create his own shot and a much more aggressive defender. Playing with tape on a sore right thumb, Jackson's effectiveness in the preseason has been mitigated but he has averaged 10.7 points in three games.



Carlisle

"Our team is going to have a different dimension to it this year because Steve is going to be a very strong post matchup for us against other teams," Carlisle said. "We'll try to get him the ball in the post. There'll be times we'll have to play off him in the post and he'll have to kick out off double-teams and make the right passes. He showed last year early in the year he was very effective at doing that. When things changed and he had to go play at three it was a different kind of adjustment for him."

Jackson was supposed to spend last season as Miller's backup but the events of Nov. 19 changed his role dramatically. Upon returning from his suspension, Jackson moved into the starting lineup and wound up starting 42 games at small forward in the absence of Ron Artest. He fared well, averaging a career-high 18.7 points, but his size and skills are a much better fit at shooting guard.

"I think I can cause a lot of matchup problems because I'm a tall two-guard," Jackson said. "Reggie was a lot lighter than me and he couldn't really post up. I can take a lot of wind out of these young guys and put 'em in the paint, put some elbows on 'em and play rough with 'em."

As Carlisle pointed out, neither is Jackson a slouch from the perimeter. His 3-point percentage has improved in each of the last three seasons to a career-best .360 in 2004-05, when he led the team in 3-pointers made (103) and attempted (286).

Replacing Miller's clutch shooting, the presence he brought to the floor in late-game situations, will be Jackson's biggest challenge. Though he established a reputation for big shots during San Antonio's title run in 2003, Jackson will not be asked to carry that burden alone. Rather than focusing on one weapon, the Pacers hope to succeed by employing a variety of threats, Jackson included, in those situations.

"Right now, for us, this group of players and coaches included, it's about an opportunity to pass the torch to a new era of Pacers basketball without Reggie," Carlisle said. "This group now has the opportunity to show what they're made of and that's what our situation is about right now."

NOTES: The Pacers waived free agent Desmon Farmer on Sunday, bringing the training-camp roster to 17. A 6-5 shooting guard from USC, Farmer appeared in two preseason games, totaling five points in 10 minutes. This was his second attempt to make the team. He also was cut in training camp last season.


http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/camp_jackson_051017.html

Kstat
10-17-2005, 12:48 PM
I'd say that title is just a TAD unfair to Jackson....

Destined4Greatness
10-17-2005, 01:18 PM
How the hell does the universe conspire to do this to me. They take away my favorite player, and my second favorite takes his place. So I can't be happy.

317Kim
10-17-2005, 05:34 PM
:shrug:

thanks for postin the article though :thumbup:

Frank Slade
10-17-2005, 05:43 PM
:shrug:

thanks for postin the article though :thumbup:
You are :welcome:

317Kim
10-17-2005, 05:45 PM
lol I didnt get that at first...I thought you were sayin I was new! :lol2:

SoupIsGood
10-17-2005, 05:47 PM
I like Jax, he is money in th playoffs.

317Kim
10-17-2005, 05:49 PM
:grinyes:

Frank Slade
10-17-2005, 05:51 PM
lol I didnt get that at first...I thought you were sayin I was new! :lol2:
fixed

SoupIsGood
10-17-2005, 05:52 PM
I get it now... :duh:

317Kim
10-17-2005, 05:55 PM
fixed

:2tup: lol

317Kim
10-17-2005, 05:56 PM
I get it now... :duh:

:nod: yeah it took me awhile too...

SoupIsGood
10-17-2005, 06:06 PM
:nod: yeah it took me awhile too...

God I really must be dumb

317Kim
10-17-2005, 06:08 PM
God I really must be dumb

:tongue: yeah I guess so

Roaming Gnome
10-17-2005, 06:14 PM
Mmm....Fluffy :sigh:

Will Galen
10-17-2005, 06:58 PM
God I really must be dumb


He already knows! (giggle, giggle,snort)

pacerwaala
10-17-2005, 10:03 PM
I don't think SJax has a post game. He is a set shooter, I think it is just the Pacers PR at work, more than anything.

Pacers#1Fan
10-17-2005, 11:05 PM
The interesting thing about Jackson is that he has several dimensions as a player. One is the out side scoring threat that we will have to have in the absence of Reggie. The second is the way he can slash into the lane and finish with a strong dunk or show a little finesse with the ball. The last is his post game, I know he has one because we saw it a lot last season. He is bigger and stronger than a lot of two guards and can move them around almost at will. He is a special player but what it comes down to is everyone on the team knowing their own role. As long as the Pacers can get everything and everyone to click, this will be a truly special year for Indiana basketball.

kerosene
10-18-2005, 02:21 AM
Does anyone else think that Jax may really miss the steadying influence of Mike Brown this year? Probably been discussed to death already but I'm probably more concerned about where Jackson's head is at than I am about where Ron's is at.

317Kim
10-18-2005, 06:29 AM
Does anyone else think that Jax may really miss the steadying influence of Mike Brown this year? Probably been discussed to death already but I'm probably more concerned about where Jackson's head is at than I am about where Ron's is at.

good point but I think he'll be fine especially if he wants to win as much as he says he does .

Pacers#1Fan
10-18-2005, 09:46 AM
The main thing is for this team to stay focused.

Frank Slade
10-18-2005, 12:13 PM
Does anyone else think that Jax may really miss the steadying influence of Mike Brown this year? Probably been discussed to death already but I'm probably more concerned about where Jackson's head is at than I am about where Ron's is at.

Thanks I thought I was alone on that one...not to bash Jax at all ,, but that does concern me a little.. And as card-holding member of the sunshsine Brigade.. If I am concerned...:-o

kerosene
10-19-2005, 04:50 AM
Agreed, I like Jax as a player and don't want it to seem like I have something against him or anything. Without typing a huge post, I'll just say that some of the things he's said and done in the past make me worry about him a bit. I hope someone else on the team or coaching staff can effectively fill the role that Brown did with him.

317Kim
10-19-2005, 06:20 AM
I like the fact that Jax said that he got along with all the guys and they all love him and the fact he is a locker room presence...that sounds like they all get along well ...

SoupIsGood
10-19-2005, 04:01 PM
I don't think SJax has a post game. He is a set shooter, I think it is just the Pacers PR at work, more than anything.

He's got a pretty good post game for a 2 guard. Nothing amazing, but useful.

317Kim
10-19-2005, 05:10 PM
yeah what he said : ^^^^