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RoboHicks
09-30-2006, 06:41 AM
Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle isn't worried about having 11 new players in training camp.Comment (http://www.topix.net/forum/link/thread?forum=nba/indiana-pacers&artsig=05beb9b9a8)

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McKeyFan
09-30-2006, 10:29 AM
These two new assistant coaches haven't seen many wins under their belt. Hope that doesn't affect a winning attitude.

naptown
09-30-2006, 11:01 AM
These two new assistant coaches haven't seen many wins under their belt. Hope that doesn't affect a winning attitude.

Huh? Davis was a player in this league for 10 seasons and has been both an assistant coach (12 seasons) and a head coach (3 Seasons) in the NBA. I would say Johnny has a lot of wins under his belt and having spent 25 years in the NBA in one capacity or another has a lot to offer these guys.

Perry on the other hand was one of the coaches at Iowa State during Tinsley's time there. Iowa State reached the Final 8 in THE TOURNEY all three years he was a coach there. He has coached for 10 years at the college level but this will be his first NBA experience. I think it is pretty obvious why the Pacers brought him in.

Los Angeles
09-30-2006, 11:40 AM
Pacers Coach Excited About Retooled Team
The Associated Press

By CLIFF BRUNT

September 30, 2006

He's a guy whose abilities and the way he sees the game, I respect greatly. Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle isn't worried about having 11 new players in training camp. He fared pretty well when faced with a similar challenge four years ago.

In 2002, his Detroit Pistons added Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince and five other new players. The team went 50-32 and reached the Eastern Conference Finals.

During this offseason, the Pacers added Al Harrington and Marquis Daniels, drafted Memphis forward Shawne Williams in the first round and picked up Cincinnati guard James White in a draft-day trade among several other moves. Carlisle is excited about the influx of talent and athleticism and hopes to repeat his Detroit success.

'It presents obvious challenges as far as teaching, but on the other hand, it's nice to have a lot of new blood and a lot of competition for guys to try to make our team,' he said.

That 2002-03 season was Carlisle's last with the Pistons, who won the NBA championship the following year under coach Larry Brown.

This time, Carlisle, who has a 146-100 regular season record in three years with the Pacers, might see the renovation completed. Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh has said the team will give him a contract extension.

Carlisle heads into training camp Tuesday in the final year of his four-year deal, and it wasn't clear going into the offseason whether the team would offer an extension. Indiana is coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued 41-41 season that ended with a first-round playoff exit.

Team president Larry Bird said in May that Carlisle needed to instill more discipline and get more out of his players.

Carlisle's years with the Pacers have been made more difficult with the soap opera that surrounded star player Ron Artest. Two seasons ago, it was the brawl with Pistons fans in Auburn Hills. Last season, his trade request, which was eventually granted, effectively ended the team's title hopes.

Walsh said he's happy with Carlisle.

'We knew we wanted to keep him,' Walsh said. 'He wanted to stay here. We think he's a good coach. I don't think you can look at what's happened and lay it at his doorstep.'

Carlisle will need to adjust to two new assistant coaches _ Johnny Davis and Leonard Perry.

Davis played for Indiana from 1978-82 and averaged 12.9 points and 4.5 assists during a 10-year NBA career. He has been a head coach twice, going 42-111 in stints with Philadelphia and Orlando, and was an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season.

'He's a good friend,' Carlisle said. 'He's a guy whose abilities and the way he sees the game, I respect greatly.'

Perry had been in college coaching since 1994 and is taking his first NBA job. He went 48-97 in five years as Idaho head coach before being fired in March after a 4-25 season.

Other new players are center John Edwards, guards Darrell Armstrong, Orien Greene and Jimmie Hunter and forwards Maceo Baston, Rawle Marshall and Josh Powell.

It's the most new faces Carlisle has seen in a training camp, but that doesn't mean he's unfamiliar with the talent.

'A lot of our guys have been in here frequently throughout the summer,' Carlisle said. 'Most of them have been in the last three or four weeks. We've got an idea of what we have.'

Harrington was the key pickup. He played the first six years of his career with the Pacers, then the last two in Atlanta. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 18.6 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Hawks last season, and Carlisle said he comes back a better player.

'Having Al back is big for us because not only is he a terrific player but he also is a player who was beloved by our fans,' he said. 'He brings a tremendous spirit to practice and games. He's a winner.'

The Pacers have committed to increasing their offensive tempo this season. It might seem like a bold move for a team that preferred halfcourt offense and tough defense in recent years. But Carlisle said the Pacers handled the up-tempo style well last February, when they averaged 95 points per game and went 7-3.

The new players give Carlisle numerous options because most can play multiple positions.

The ultimate goal is to win now. Walsh has called the changes a restoration project rather than a rebuilding job. But for the first time in Carlisle's tenure, the Pacers are an underdog.

'If you look in the publications, I haven't seen anybody who has picked us better than fourth in the Central. It shows we're going to have to earn our respect.'

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