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Will Galen
05-31-2006, 02:42 AM
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Mike Wells: Pacers Q&A
Answers Posted May 30, 2006

Question: What's the word on the Pacers’ second round pick from last year, will he be on the roster this season? If so, is he any good? – James, Indianapolis.

Answer: Team president Larry Bird said during his season-ending press conference that Erazem Lorbek will spend another year playing in Europe. Lorbek averaged nearly 10 points and 4.3 rebounds a game while playing for Climamio Bologna (Italy) in the EuroLeague. The Pacers hold Lorbek’s rights for two years.

Question: I know this is a known fact, but the Pacers dearly miss Reggie. Not only for his leadership, but for his passion for the game. – John, Kokomo, Ind.

Answer: Tinsley thinks passion for the game is "doing it his way". Jackson and O'Neal think that passion is confronting opposing players on the court and beating your chest after a basket. It's a shame that they all blew a chance to learn from one of the most professional and passionate guys in the game.

Not having Miller around was something that wasn’t talked about a lot last season. Many have said Miller wasn’t a vocal leader, but he led by example. He had a routine when it came to practice, he always arrived at the arena early and he knew how to cover up his weaknesses on the court. He did things the right way. You didn’t see a lot of that last season. Players were in roles they weren’t accustomed to because of a number of injuries. That was only part of the problem. Only a handful of players would get to the arena early for games and there weren’t a lot who stuck around after practice for extra work. It showed in the Pacers’ performance on the court.


Question: At what position will the Pacers be drafting? Is this a deep year for the NBA draft? – Jameson, New Castle, Ind.

Answer: If you look at the roster, it seems like the Pacers don’t need much help (assuming Fred Jones and Peja Stojakovic both re-sign). They have three point guards (that’s a problem in itself), two shooting guards (Jones and Stephen Jackson), two small forwards (Stojakovic and Danny Granger), two power forwards (Jermaine O’Neal and Austin Croshere) and two centers (Jeff Foster and David Harrison). Too bad that roster likely won’t get the Pacers mentioned in the same breath as Detroit, Miami, Dallas and Phoenix. Larry Bird said they need more quickness in the backcourt. They are hoping Jamaal Tinsley will be the answer for that problem if he’s healthy. Doesn’t that sound familiar?

They need another big body to bang down low next to O’Neal. Of course there’s a good chance this won’t be the same roster when the Pacers report to training camp in early October. There are no LeBron James or Dwyane Wades in the draft, but there are some solid players available. It’s a toss up on who will be the top pick. A lot of the talk has surrounded Tyrus Thomas from LSU, LaMarcus Alridge from Texas and Andrea Bargnani from Italy.

The player I like is Brandon Roy out of the University of Washington. He probably won’t be the No. 1 overall pick, but he’s a complete player. Maurice Ager from Michigan State and Mardy Collins from Temple are two players that have shown up on mock draft boards as possible picks for the Pacers.


Question: What do you think of the Spurs trying to reacquire Stephen Jackson? Its obvious they need to get a little younger, more athletic and add some shooting to their perimeter, and he helped them win a championship once so he's proven he can fit in with that team. I think the Pacers should try as hard as they can to rid themselves of Jack. – Matthew, New York City.

Answer: Jackson would be playing for a coach that wouldn’t put up with his antics if he went back to San Antonio. Gregg Popovich didn’t put up with Jackson’s temper tantrums when he played for the Spurs. Jackson helped the Spurs win a title by averaging 11.8 points in 2002-03. Jackson can help a team, but he has to play for a coach that will get on him for taking bad shots, complaining at the officials, strolling back on defense and griping when he’s taken out the game. Jackson’s name will be mentioned in trade rumors this summer, but I’m not sure the Spurs will be one of the teams involved in the discussions.


Question: It seems there is tension in the Pacers organization regarding coach Rick Carlisle (e.g. Bob Kravitz's recent column saying give him a contract extension or pink slip). If it turns out Carlisle isn't the coach next year, who do you see as good and likely candidates? Do you think Larry Bird might pull a Pat Riley on us and become the coach again? In general, what qualities and attributes do you think would make for the best Pacers coach given the current situation (i.e. player chemistry issues, etc.)? - Andy, Indianapolis.

Answer: If, and that’s a BIG IF, for some reason the Pacers and Carlisle decide to part ways this summer, the organization needs to bring in somebody that will discipline players if they get out of line. Nobody has doubted Carlisle’s coaching ability. He knows the game so well that one player said early in the season that he trusts himself more than the players in reference to his micromanaging of the offense. It’s how he relates to players that has people concerned. Many people got frustrated with how he wouldn’t discipline players when they got out of line. Carlisle would take his frustration out on younger players like Danny Granger and David Harrison. Larry Bird, who from what I’ve been told wouldn’t put up with those immature antics when he was coach, has said he has no interest in returning to the sidelines. When it’s all said and done, though, I see Carlisle returning as coach next season because I would be surprised if the Pacers would want to pay his salary along with the new coach’s next season.

Bball
05-31-2006, 08:35 AM
Mike Wells is certainly not a PR mouthpiece.

-Bball

Unclebuck
05-31-2006, 08:46 AM
When it’s all said and done, though, I see Carlisle returning as coach next season because I would be surprised if the Pacers would want to pay his salary along with the new coach’s next season.

Maybe the Simons have said they are sick of paying big money for an average team, and won't pay for two coaches at the same time. Especially if the team is re-loading anyway and won't be ready to compete for a few seasons anyway

Bball
05-31-2006, 09:06 AM
Maybe the Simons have said they are sick of paying big money for an average team, and won't pay for two coaches at the same time. Especially if the team is re-loading anyway and won't be ready to compete for a few seasons anyway

But in a world of limited windows and players changing teams, etc... Can you afford to throw a year away?

-Bball

Unclebuck
05-31-2006, 09:13 AM
But in a world of limited windows and players changing teams, etc... Can you afford to throw a year away?

-Bball


Well if they plan to change 50% of the players anyway, maybe they figure Rick can coach out his contract.

I thought Rick would demand a contract extension, and maybe he has, but he might have said either change most of the players, or give me an extension

Putnam
05-31-2006, 09:31 AM
Well if they plan to change 50% of the players anyway, maybe they figure Rick can coach out his contract.

I thought Rick would demand a contract extension, and maybe he has, but he might have said either change most of the players, or give me an extension


Would it be truly "throwing away a year?"

One of the criticisms of Carlisle has been his apparent prejudice against young players. If the team strips down to where those kids are more vital assets, wouldn't Carlisle value them more? Can Carlisle help develop Harrison and Granger and the new draft pick?



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Bball
05-31-2006, 10:45 AM
Would it be truly "throwing away a year?"

One of the criticisms of Carlisle has been his apparent prejudice against young players. If the team strips down to where those kids are more vital assets, wouldn't Carlisle value them more? Can Carlisle help develop Harrison and Granger and the new draft pick?



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I wouldn't count on it.

-Bball

ABADays
05-31-2006, 11:25 AM
I feel disappointed for Walsh and Bird. On paper, this is a talented group of players. Just goes to show how mentality can diminish skills.

indygeezer
05-31-2006, 11:32 AM
I wouldn't count on it.

-Bball


He'd have to if he found they suddenly were the "vets" on the team. Or at least the Vets at their positions.

Bball
05-31-2006, 11:42 AM
He'd have to if he found they suddenly were the "vets" on the team. Or at least the Vets at their positions.

It would be interesting to say the least but it wouldn't keep him from benching one young guy over another or continually "Isiahing" their roles (changing rotations, mysterious DNP-CD following good games, etc.) and developing absolutely no continuity.

Didn't Wells say that the younger players felt Carlisle's wrath more than some of the vets?

-Bball

ChicagoJ
05-31-2006, 11:53 AM
So many great comments by Wells in that Q&A. I really like him.

Robertmto
05-31-2006, 01:01 PM
Speak your mind Mike, speak your mind.

McClintic Sphere
05-31-2006, 01:14 PM
Mike Wells is certainly not a PR mouthpiece.

-Bball

Cha-ching! Man, I think Mike is getting harder by the minute. Of course, he had to watch the team up close last year, so his reasons for disgust multiply. If true that Carlisle took his frustrations out on Granger and Harrison, instead of those that deserved it, then that is truly dissapointing.

RWB
05-31-2006, 01:50 PM
Dear Mike,

Remember when you use to get those exclusive interviews? Can't wait to see you next season.

Signed

Your friend DW....

Bball
05-31-2006, 01:58 PM
Dear Mike,

Remember when you use to get those exclusive interviews? Can't wait to see you next season.

Signed

Your friend DW....

I appreciate your continued support and as the beat reporter I want to remind you my phone is always ready to accept your call to present your side of things.

Your intrepid report,
MW

RWB
05-31-2006, 02:13 PM
I appreciate your continued support and as the beat reporter I want to remind you my phone is always ready to accept your call to present your side of things.

Your intrepid report,
MW

Dear Mike,

That is very generous of you, but I'm afraid I have lost your phone number and forms to process your press credentials. While I try and sort this out I must apologize and ask you remain patient. I'm sorry, but in the mean time I would suggest ordering one of our mini-season ticket packages. Since we know you're a great fan of the team may I suggest some of the $10 dollar seats.

Thanks for your continued support Mark, uh Mack? Well whatever your name is thanks for remaining a fan.

Yours truely

Kathy Jordan

P.S. Sorry, but Donnie was busy....

bulletproof
05-31-2006, 02:14 PM
When it’s all said and done, though, I see Carlisle returning as coach next season because I would be surprised if the Pacers would want to pay his salary along with the new coach’s next season.

Oh looky. Paying two coaches at the same time figuring into the team's bottom line. Nonsense.

Frank Slade
05-31-2006, 02:15 PM
Mike Wells is certainly not a PR mouthpiece.

-Bball

They don't call him the
:wells:.. for nothing...

His unassuming and honest take has grown on me, I must admit..
He reports as an outsider looking in, which is how it should be...

Bball
05-31-2006, 02:22 PM
Oh looky. Paying two coaches at the same time figuring into the team's bottom line. Nonsense.

But if a coach has lost the team, or isn't utilizing the team in a way management believes is best for the players that they've collected, how much does that hurt the bottom line? And I'd have to think it is something that has reverberations over more than the lone season in question. Not only the snowball effect of fans getting fed up and going away throughout that season AND future seasons but also how players are affected (no thanks to Jay necessary for that sentence).

Misusing players (or not using certain players) is a recipe for chemistry problems.

And losing breeds losing.... Can Carlisle turn this team around?

Of course that question is best answered in context of knowing which players will constitute next year's team.

Another season like this last one could have a lasting impact (thanks Jay!) on the fanbase.

-Bball

ChicagoJ
05-31-2006, 03:05 PM
Bball has graduated from Jay's Greenwood-Grammar course!!

:woot2:

Doug in CO
06-01-2006, 12:06 PM
Following this thread is fustrating

Here is a bottom line for BP - 4,000 empty seats for PLAYOFF games.

Let's assume that is $100K a game (which is probably low) plus the apathy during the regular season and I think it is clear that any cost benefit analysis would point to getting rid of Rick.

Arcadian
06-01-2006, 01:13 PM
I don't mind Mike's opinions; however, the sarcasism was a bit thick for my tastes as it being a Q and A piece.

SoupIsGood
06-01-2006, 01:15 PM
I don't mind Mike's opinions; however, the sarcasism was a bit thick for my tastes as it being a Q and A piece.

Agreed.

Bball
06-01-2006, 02:00 PM
Agreed.

I didn't really catch any sarcasm the first time thru, and still see very little I'd call sarcastic. What part(s) are you guys having problems with?


-Bball

Arcadian
06-01-2006, 02:34 PM
Answer: Tinsley thinks passion for the game is "doing it his way". Jackson and O'Neal think that passion is confronting opposing players on the court and beating your chest after a basket.

Too bad that roster likely won’t get the Pacers mentioned in the same breath as Detroit, Miami, Dallas and Phoenix. Larry Bird said they need more quickness in the backcourt. They are hoping Jamaal Tinsley will be the answer for that problem if he’s healthy. Doesn’t that sound familiar?

These both are fairly sarcastic remarks.

I don't believe that Mike actually believes that these players consider these traits passion. (I would have loved if Mike had said, "Reggie knew passion is grabbing your crotch".)

On the second part after saying that on paper the team is well stocked to end it with this is a bit sarcastic, too. Obviously beyond having players who play the positions we are thin on talent. So we do have draft needs. "Doesn't that sound familiar?" is very sarcastic as well.

I don't disagree with Wells content. I just could have do without the "style".

fwpacerfan
06-01-2006, 02:51 PM
Would it be truly "throwing away a year?"

One of the criticisms of Carlisle has been his apparent prejudice against young players. If the team strips down to where those kids are more vital assets, wouldn't Carlisle value them more? Can Carlisle help develop Harrison and Granger and the new draft pick?



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I've thought of this more than once watching the Tayshaun Prince play very well for the Pistons this playoffs. If Carlisle was there and got his way we wouldn't be seeing Prince play at this level. I think Rick's control issues prohibit him from giving rookies the minutes they need to develop. I think Granger could have done more this year if he would have gotten more minutes from Carlisle. I'm beginning to think that Carlisle deserves more of the blame for this team's failures than I did during the season. He didn't seem to address personality issues as he should have. He seems reluctant to change his style of play to suit his personnel. He let the inmates run the asylum way too much. He didn't develop the young players as much as he should have.

That being said, he will remain as coach because there is no way the Pacers are going to pay 2 head coaching salaries.

Unclebuck
06-01-2006, 04:17 PM
I've thought of this more than once watching the Tayshaun Prince play very well for the Pistons this playoffs. If Carlisle was there and got his way we wouldn't be seeing Prince play at this level. I think Rick's control issues prohibit him from giving rookies the minutes they need to develop. I think Granger could have done more this year if he would have gotten more minutes from Carlisle. I'm beginning to think that Carlisle deserves more of the blame for this team's failures than I did during the season. He didn't seem to address personality issues as he should have. He seems reluctant to change his style of play to suit his personnel. He let the inmates run the asylum way too much. He didn't develop the young players as much as he should have.

That being said, he will remain as coach because there is no way the Pacers are going to pay 2 head coaching salaries.


Granger played the 5th most minutes on the Pacers team. He played a lot in the 4th quarter and during the playoffs, he played major minutes and finished several of the games. Rick did a great job developing Granger. As far as Harrison goes, there were times when he forced Rick to take him out.

I don't know if I understand your part about Prince. Are you suggesting that if Rick would have been the Pistons coach the past three seasons that Prince would not be the player he is today. That is B.S.

waxman
06-01-2006, 04:39 PM
Yeah the Pacers certainly wouldn't pay two guys to do one job... oh wait...

SoupIsGood
06-01-2006, 05:27 PM
I don't know if I understand your part about Prince. Are you suggesting that if Rick would have been the Pistons coach the past three seasons that Prince would not be the player he is today. That is B.S.

No it isn't, not at all.

Are you saying Prince would develop the same under Rick as he did Larry Brown? Larry is tough with his young'ns, but also a great teacher. Rick is tough with his young'ns..... and not much else.

beast23
06-01-2006, 06:16 PM
No it isn't, not at all.

Are you saying Prince would develop the same under Rick as he did Larry Brown? Larry is tough with his young'ns, but also a great teacher. Rick is tough with his young'ns..... and not much else.
Then, by extension, since Rick was his coach, am I to assume that Danny did not develop at all this season?

Unclebuck
06-01-2006, 06:29 PM
No it isn't, not at all.

Are you saying Prince would develop the same under Rick as he did Larry Brown? Larry is tough with his young'ns, but also a great teacher. Rick is tough with his young'ns..... and not much else.



Yes he would have. In fact Brown has a reputation of being harder on younger player than Rick does.

Rick is not much else? . Perhaps you should talk to Jalen Rose about how he really helped him, or Stackhouse, or many other players.


There seems to be this prevailing thought that it is open season on Rick, in other words lets criticize him for everything. Well I'm not going to join in and I'm going to stand by and let falsehoods go by unchallenged

ChicagoJ
06-01-2006, 06:34 PM
That's right, you'll offer up competing falsehoods!

:devil: :zip:

SoupIsGood
06-01-2006, 06:58 PM
There seems to be this prevailing thought that it is open season on Rick, in other words lets criticize him for everything. Well I'm not going to join in and I'm going to stand by and let falsehoods go by unchallenged

Well this is really my only criticism of Rick, so why don't you let me have just this one. ;)


edit - lol @ citing Rose and Stackhouse as success stories. I don't know the details of their respective relationships with Ricky, but damn. Just damn.

Unclebuck
06-01-2006, 07:05 PM
edit - lol @ citing Rose and Stackhouse as success stories. I don't know the details of their respective relationships with Ricky, but damn. Just damn.



I've seen and read interviews from both of those players about how Rick helped their careers a lot

SoupIsGood
06-01-2006, 07:09 PM
I've seen and read interviews from both of those players about how Rick helped their careers a lot

Probably...... I just thought it was funny that you mentioned those two.

Let's just say I hope Danny isn't the next Jalen Rose, or Jerry Stackhouse...

Unclebuck
06-01-2006, 07:11 PM
Probably...... I just thought it was funny that you mentioned those two.

Let's just say I hope Danny isn't the next Jalen Rose, or Jerry Stackhouse...


I hope DG is better also, but those two players have been almost allstars (did Stack make it in 2003) and both players have made a ton of money, both have gotten deep into the playoffs, you could do a lot worse.

rexnom
06-01-2006, 07:36 PM
I think I'm going to back up UB here. I'm going to go on record as a pro-Rick supporter. I think he is too smart not to change the style of play when given a full off-season and a real roster. Also, I don't really think we could hope for a coach with better basketball skills. I think Jack will be gone next year. I think Danny will replace him in the starting lineup. And I think Rick will find a way to work it out with Peja. I am confident in that.

Will Galen
06-01-2006, 08:02 PM
I'm with Unk too! It's my observation Rick will play anyone that plays defense. Danny does, hence he plays a lot. I think if Bird gets a pointguard in the draft that plays good defence Rick will play him.

rexnom
06-01-2006, 08:05 PM
I'm with Unk too! It's my observation Rick will play anyone that plays defense. Danny does, hence he plays a lot. I think if Bird gets a pointguard in the draft that plays good defence Rick will play him.
Bandwagon time?

SoupIsGood
06-01-2006, 09:58 PM
I'm with Unk too! It's my observation Rick will play anyone that plays defense. Danny does, hence he plays a lot. I think if Bird gets a pointguard in the draft that plays good defence Rick will play him.


MCurry4Lyfe

Will Galen
06-02-2006, 12:45 AM
Bandwagon time?

Ah . . . no, I'm okay either way. However I'm like Buck in that this place seems to go on runs of disliking certain players and coachs. Rick is just the favor of the moment.

fwpacerfan
06-05-2006, 09:15 AM
Granger played the 5th most minutes on the Pacers team. He played a lot in the 4th quarter and during the playoffs, he played major minutes and finished several of the games. Rick did a great job developing Granger. As far as Harrison goes, there were times when he forced Rick to take him out.

I don't know if I understand your part about Prince. Are you suggesting that if Rick would have been the Pistons coach the past three seasons that Prince would not be the player he is today. That is B.S.

Yes I am suggesting that Prince would not have developed the way he has. Name one young player that has drastically improved under Carlisle?

Granger came in as a good all around player - Rick didn't develop that. Even with his skill set the main reason Granger got as many minutes as he did is because Carlisle had no choice. Injuries neccesitated that Granger play. Same with Harrsion, James Jones & Freddie last year. Look how quickly Sarunas fell out of favor with Carlisle this year.

Does that mean he should be fired? I say no, unless Bird/Walsh decide to rebuild and in that case Carlisle is not the guy to develop the young guys.

sixthman
06-05-2006, 09:59 AM
I've seen and read interviews from both of those players about how Rick helped their careers a lot

I don't know about Jalen, but there is no doubt Stack credits Rick for improving his ability to play within a team concept.

That being said, if the Pacers keep the roster pretty much in tact and also keep Rick, they are asking for trouble in Pacers City this next season.