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11-08-2006, 12:00 PM
In The Post With David Harrison
Authored by Andrew Perna - 7th November, 2006 - 2:15 pm
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Center David Harrison. Drafted in 2004 with the 29th overall selection, the former Colorado standout has yet to play an everyday role on a Pacers team that’s stacked long the front line. Despite that, Harrison’s contract was extended this summer through the 2007-2008 season.

Last season he averaged 5.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in sixty-seven contests. At seven feet and nearly three hundred pounds, Harrison is a force to be reckoned with inside the paint. With a new high-octane offense put in place by Rick Carlisle this season, Harrison should have plenty of opportunities to break out in his third NBA season. I asked David, who is one of the most approachable guys I’ve spoken with, about the new offense and a few other things at Madison Square Garden’s Opening Night.

You figure to play a larger role in the new offense this season. How have you prepared?

I lost a lot of weight. I did a lot of running, and worked on my shot. I’ve been trying to improve my shot further and further from the basket. When the guards break the defense down they like to kick it back, so I need to be able to hit that shot. I’ve worked on my trailing shots and stuff like that. I worked on a lot of things that you don’t work on when you’re just a post player.

During the 2005 playoffs you sported a Mohawk. Do you think Al stole your idea?

Not really [laughs]. When I did the Mohawk the guys thought it was crazy, but everyone loves Al’s Mohawk. I think it’s cool. Mine was a little more spur of the moment, and a little more wild. His is nice. I don’t think he’s stealing any of my thunder because I didn’t think a lot of people even remembered.

The one problem you’ve had in the past has been staying on the floor because of foul problems. Have you done anything to help improve that aspect of your game?

I don’t think you can really work on that. You know, I play aggressively and I hit people and I’m a bigger guy. If I have more mass than the person I hit, my force is going to exert on them. So I don’t think you can really work on that. I think my biggest problem has been keeping my temper. I’m going to try to stay on the court that way. Fouls are going to come, but I can’t get technicals too.

Can you attribute anything to why you seem to work so well with Sarunas on the court?

I don’t know. The thing is we always seem to argue [laughs]. I think Runi plays basketball a lot like you play soccer. Soccer is similar to basketball on the fast break; you advance and kick it back for the shot. Not a lot of people really grew up playing that way, but I played soccer growing up and I think that has helped Runi and I connect on the court. In basketball a lot of people stand still, but in soccer you have to keep moving. I understand why we work well together, but we still get in little arguments off screens and stuff.
You dad played for the Eagles. Do you still follow the team?

Yes, I’m an Eagles fan and that’s my pet peeve. Especially when they’re struggling, they are a good team though.

What do you think the Eagles need to do to get back on track?

You know what? It’s one of those years that we could be undefeated, and won every game we’ve lost. But at the same time we shouldn’t be, I’m glad we’ve suffered some losses. I think we’ll be one of those teams that’ll go 10-6, get in the playoffs, and scare the **** out of people because we’re gonna know why we lost those games. Other teams, like the Colts, they don’t realize how they lose until the playoffs. And there it’s one-and-done.

It’s obvious that you’re a fun guy to be around. Who else can hold their own in the comedy department?

Oh dude, the funniest guy on the team is definitely Stephen Jackson. He’s constantly cracking jokes, him or Shawne. If you need a laugh, go over by those two and you’ll be laughing in minutes.

Can you let your fans in on some of the pranks you have pulled off this season?

I can’t yet, no yet. You’ll find out though. Nothing too big yet, I’ve just been messing with Danny. He’s a very easy target, and he’s like my little brother.

Source : http://pacers.realgm.com/articles/103/20061107/in_the_post_with_david_harrison/

McKeyFan
11-08-2006, 12:15 PM
Two observations:

- David thinks he gets all those fouls because he's so big. Somebody needs to send him a memo, quick, that it's because he's poking his arms and hands in places they don't belong. It's amazing that he still doesn't get it.

- Stephen Jackson the funniest? That big time surprises me. But it would also explain a whole lot of things. Could it be that Jax, off the court, is just the funniest, coolest, kindest, most fun guy to be around?

That would explain why players are slow to criticize him and management slow to cast him aside.

It's still hard for me to believe, but I believe Harrison.

ajbry
11-08-2006, 12:20 PM
Two observations:

- David thinks he gets all those fouls because he's so big. Somebody needs to send him a memo, quick, that it's because he's poking his arms and hands in places they don't belong. It's amazing that he still doesn't get it.

- Stephen Jackson the funniest? That big time surprises me. But it would also explain a whole lot of things. Could it be that Jax, off the court, is just the funniest, coolest, kindest, most fun guy to be around?

That would explain why players are slow to criticize him and management slow to cast him aside.

It's still hard for me to believe, but I believe Harrison.

I agree. Harrison still seems to be making excuses for his foul problems. He just needs to find other ways to exploit his matchups in a way where his girth doesn't cause an automatic foul every time down the floor.

The Jack part doesn't surprise me. May be hard for some Pacers fans to believe, but he's one of our best individuals in regards to chemistry.

Isaac
11-08-2006, 12:22 PM
McKey fan, its a pretty well known fact that Jack is a joker and that all of his teammates love him. In most of our arguments about the guy a lot of fans, including myself, talk about how he is one of the nicest Pacer players we have ever met.

McKeyFan
11-08-2006, 12:41 PM
Yes, I have heard that.

When I visited Indy for a game last year, I asked the bellman who the nicest Pacer was.

I was surprised to learn that he felt Artest was the biggest primadonna (drove up in a ferarri or something and had an attitude) and that he thought the nicest was definitely Jack.

Other than that, I've only had the data that everyone else has had to guess at Jack's off court personality--the oncourt behavior.

It's nice to know my conclusion--based on insufficient evidence--has been wrong.

PacerPerspective
11-08-2006, 10:38 PM
Jax is a great guy in person, as is Harrison. I think Stephen just has some decision-making problems...just like most human beings. His are just magnified