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Hicks
10-04-2006, 07:35 PM
http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/digest_061004.html

New Position, Number Challenge Harrington


By Conrad Brunner | Oct. 4, 2006<hr> New position. New number. New hairstyle. <table align="left" width="100"><tbody><tr><td>http://www.nba.com/media/pacers/daily_digest_100.jpg</td></tr></tbody></table>

There has been a lot for Al Harrington to adjust to since leaving Atlanta. Considering the biggest positive was, well, leaving Atlanta, he's willing to accept whatever comes his way in his second time around with the Pacers. If that means a guy who came into the league as a small forward and developed into a star as a power forward has to play center, so be it.

It's not like the Pacers will ask Harrington to defend Shaquille O'Neal and Yao Ming, although it would be interesting to see them endeavor to guard him.

"It's just a name," he said. "I'm still going to go out there and play my game the way I play. I know I'm not a center and that's to my advantage because there's no way any center in the league can guard me."

With Danny Granger at small forward and Jermaine O'Neal at power forward, that only left one position available for Harrington, but that doesn't mean he's the full-timer in the five spot. Few teams have true centers. In fact, it has become predominant for teams to start a pair of post players. That's what the Pacers will do with Harrington and O'Neal. Against the bigger teams, Jeff Foster could step into the lineup.

Harrington is also struggling with the switch to No. 32. He broke into the league with No. 25 but has worn No. 3 for the bulk of his career. He said Sarunas Jasikevicius, who currently wears No. 3 with the Pacers, offered to give up the number but Harrington decided to keep No. 32.

That doesn't mean it's easy, though.

"I still sign everything 'A.H. 3'," he said, shaking his head. "I have to go back and put the '2' on everything."

Is it fate, irony or mere coincidence that the digits in his new number add up to five?

Harrington also showed up at training camp with another new look: a Mohawk hair style.

"I'm just doing something different to see how it works out," he said. "The thing is, this is easy. I'll keep it as long as I'm going good but if I hit a rough spot out there I might have to cut it off."

<hr> <table align="right" width="65"><tbody><tr><td>http://www.nba.com/media/playerfile/rick_carlisle.jpg
<center>Carlisle</center></td></tr></tbody></table> TWO-A-DAYS NO MORE

A rule change that limited the amount of on-court practice time to three total hours per day has led to most teams, including the Pacers, changing their training-camp routine and abandon the two-a-day practices that had been routine. Carlisle has opted for one long practice each day. "If you split it up into two practices, those practices have to be shorter and you can lose some of your time with another round of stretching and so forth," he said. "Our practices are very taxing because they require a lot of concentration and a lot of physical activity. In a way, it presents an even greater challenge than the two-a-days." <hr> <table align="right" width="65"><tbody><tr><td>http://www.nba.com/media/pacers/carl_nicks.jpg
<center>Nicks</center></td></tr></tbody></table> NICKS, BIRD RE-UNITE
Carl Nicks has rejoined a certain former Indiana State University teammate as the newest member of the Pacers' scouting staff. Nicks replaces George Felton, who was hired as the Spurs' Director of College Player Personnel. A star in his own right for the Sycamores who teamed with current Pacers President Larry Bird on the 1979 NCAA runners-up, Nicks was a first-round pick (No. 23 overall) by Denver in 1980. After playing three seasons with three NBA teams, averaging 6.8 points, Nicks moved into other ventures, including a stint as assistant to former ISU coach Bill Hodges at Mercer University in Macon, GA. Nicks moved to Indianapolis in 1998 and had worked as a coach in the Pike Township system as well as running a program for at-risk teenagers for Methodist Hospital. Nicks said he and Bird had maintained a friendship through the years. "Out of all the guys, me and him have probably talked the most, stayed in touch," Nicks said. "Larry and I always got along. He always respected me, I always had a great deal of respect for him and we just always clicked." <hr> <table align="right" width="65"><tbody><tr><td>http://www.nba.com/media/playerfile/michael_cooper.jpg
<center>Cooper</center></td></tr></tbody></table> COOPER SCOUTING FOR T-BIRDS
Michael Cooper, the former Lakers defensive ace, was at practice Wednesday scouting for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, the Pacers' affiliate in the D-League. Cooper guided the T-Birds to the league championship last season but it remains to be seen if the Pacers will send any of their eligible players (those with less than 2 years of NBA service) his way. "I think it's going to develop into something like baseball has with their minor-league system," Cooper said of the D-League. "A lot of young men, once the season starts, they don't get the opportunity to play in game-time situations. All their playing comes in practice. If there's an opportunity to send a player down I think it's very beneficial." <hr> HARRISON, EDWARDS STILL HURTING
Centers David Harrison and John Edwards remained on the sidelines Wednesday. Harrison sprained his left ankle in Tuesday morning's first practice and is listed as day-to-day. Edwards is out indefinitely with a sore back.

Hicks
10-04-2006, 07:39 PM
Harrington is also struggling with the switch to No. 32. He broke into the league with No. 25 but has worn No. 3 for the bulk of his career. He said Sarunas Jasikevicius, who currently wears No. 3 with the Pacers, offered to give up the number but Harrington decided to keep No. 32.

What a selfish *******! I hate Sarunas! He only whines and thinks about himself! Rabble-rabble-rabble!

ajbry
10-04-2006, 07:49 PM
Look at Sarunas and his amazing act of charity. He offers a number on a jersey back to a fan favorite, knowing that he won't accept.

Sure makes Jack and his new school look pretty small in comparison, eh?

:laugh:

Hicks
10-04-2006, 09:37 PM
:unimpress

Isaac
10-04-2006, 09:42 PM
Look at Sarunas and his amazing act of charity. He offers a number on a jersey back to a fan favorite, knowing that he won't accept.

Sure makes Jack and his new school look pretty small in comparison, eh?

:laugh:

You're kidding right?

BlueNGold
10-04-2006, 10:06 PM
Look at Sarunas and his amazing act of charity. He offers a number on a jersey back to a fan favorite, knowing that he won't accept.

Sure makes Jack and his new school look pretty small in comparison, eh?

:laugh:

Both are positive gestures. Not comparable of course. Jack should definitely be commended for his generosity. He is giving back the way more players should. In fact, this is one of the best things Jack has done since arriving.

At the same time, he has no excuse for cursing at RC, fighting in the stands, etc. It's pitiful RC had to come crawling to a player that showed absolutely no respect to him. RC deserves no respect for that...similar to how Bird posed on SI with Ron. Deja Vu.

However, I am in the camp of giving Jack, RC and the rest of the team another shot at getting it right.

ABADays
10-04-2006, 10:17 PM
Thank God for the mohawk. At least Pollard will be here in spirit!

rexnom
10-04-2006, 10:36 PM
Both are positive gestures. Not comparable of course. Jack should definitely be commended for his generosity. He is giving back the way more players should. In fact, this is one of the best things Jack has done since arriving.

At the same time, he has no excuse for cursing at RC, fighting in the stands, etc. It's pitiful RC had to come crawling to a player that showed absolutely no respect to him. RC deserves no respect for that...similar to how Bird posed on SI with Ron. Deja Vu.

However, I am in the camp of giving Jack, RC and the rest of the team another shot at getting it right.
Was there ever a question of the Pacers being good guys? Ron, Jack, JT, JO all said that off the court they were close. It was on the court we had problems with styles not meshing etc.

It is kind of cool that Saras did this though. I think he's starting to get what being a role player is all about, as opposed to a star.

Lord Helmet
10-04-2006, 10:37 PM
:unimpress
Exactly. The ****'s getting old.

ajbry
10-04-2006, 10:41 PM
Exactly. The ****'s getting old.

Calm down, I was just joking.

If y'all didn't take Saras so seriously, whilst maintaining a sensitivity towards Jack, then I wouldn't feel the need to constantly belittle Saras. Relax.

Lord Helmet
10-04-2006, 10:58 PM
Calm down, I was just joking.

If y'all didn't take Saras so seriously, whilst maintaining a sensitivity towards Jack, then I wouldn't feel the need to constantly belittle Saras. Relax.
I don't take Sarunas seriously. Like as in a God.

Never have.

There is no need to belittle anyone, really. I've remembered you or someone in the past actually upset when Sarunas scored in a game. I may not be a Jackson lover but I don't get upset when any players on my team score a point.

ajbry
10-04-2006, 11:08 PM
That was probably me, either because: 1) he didn't pass Jack the ball; or 2) I'm petty, and I don't like Saras.

:D

Lord Helmet
10-04-2006, 11:08 PM
That was probably me, either because: 1) he didn't pass Jack the ball; or 2) I'm petty, and I don't like Saras.

:D
:laugh: Well, the rumor is Jack doesn't like to pass to Saras in the first place....

ajbry
10-04-2006, 11:11 PM
Speaking of not passing - I can't wait till the first game of the season, and JO, Al, Jack, and Tins are all on the floor - and the opposing PG starts a little momentum swing, prompting all 4 players to constantly demand the ball. That should be fun.

Naptown_Seth
10-04-2006, 11:46 PM
:unimpress
Now come on Hicks, be fair. You started it with your sarcastic attitude about how his gesture showed us all what SarJas is really about.

I agree that when I read that I thought "well that's cool by both players, that's a nice sign hopefully", but I didn't think of it as a chance to snipe SarJas haters.

I also agree that I see most SarJas sniping coming from people fed up with some of the sniping that goes at Jack or Tinsley (or even JO), or people fed up with the blind faith support from Euro posters that are Pacers fans only because of Cabbages.

The fact is that any decent, stable, reasonable fan saw EVERY PLAYER as part of the problem last year. No f'n way Jack, SarJas, Peja, JO, even Foster get a free pass from me. They all played some pretty poor ball at times. I was constantly hoping to see SarJas get it together down the stretch because they desperately needed it.

JO came the closest to being consistantly productive once he returned from injury, though he came back too soon and stunk it up for about a week. That's about as far as good play went, other than AJ's February.



Anyway, isn't the point behind the new campaign and what the Pacers players and staff have to say all about getting things going in a FRESH and POSITIVE direction. Maybe as fans we could do the same and drop the he said/she said drama regarding both Jack and SarJas.

Here's to both of them playing well together and kicking some East a** this year.
:cheers:

NorCal_Pacerfan
10-05-2006, 01:43 AM
Ah, it's really going to be nice to see Al and JO out there at the same time. Can't wait now.

SycamoreKen
10-05-2006, 02:46 AM
Its nice to see Carl Nicks is joining the team.

pacers31tc
10-05-2006, 09:32 AM
Harrington is also struggling with the switch to No. 32. He broke into the league with No. 25 but has worn No. 3 for the bulk of his career. He said Sarunas Jasikevicius, who currently wears No. 3 with the Pacers, offered to give up the number but Harrington decided to keep No. 32.

That doesn't mean it's easy, though.

"I still sign everything 'A.H. 3'," he said, shaking his head. "I have to go back and put the '2' on everything."



It can be called charity, or a nice gesture, or whatever, but I wouldn't taken #3 and ran with it. He's been wearing it almost his whole career, and an Indy favorite like Al could probably snag the number from Saras even if he hadn't offered.

Now he's got to 'shake his head' and be disappointed everytime he looks at his jersey.

Since86
10-05-2006, 02:29 PM
Now he's got to 'shake his head' and be disappointed everytime he looks at his jersey.

I shake my head for a number of reasons, especially when I goof up and laugh about it.

That's exactly how I took it too. That he was thinking of himself messing up another autograph for someone.