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ChicagoJ
10-20-2004, 04:59 PM
Should Jackson be Starting?

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004
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Conrad Brunner

Q. I'm sure my question is much easier to ask than it is to answer, but it really is the question on nearly every Pacers fan's mind in my neck of the woods (there are so few of us in L.A.), so here goes:

The triple offensive threat of (Jermaine) O'Neal, (Ron) Artest and (Stephen) Jackson all on the floor at the same time is an exciting proposition for any Pacers fan. Based on their performances so far in camp and in the first few preseason games, will Jackson be seriously considered to replace (Reggie) Miller in the starting lineup?

While I'm at it, here's a follow up: Would a reduction in Miller's role on the floor hurt his role as a team leader, and therefore hurt the team's chemistry? (From Kent in Venice, CA)

A. The more Pacers fans see of Stephen Jackson, the more this question comes up. It seems the newest acquisition has opened quite a few eyes as to his all-around abilities. It was fairly well known that Jackson was a solid threat from the perimeter and off the dribble, but even Coach Rick Carlisle has been surprised by his ability to get things done from the low post. That doesn't mean, however, the team would be better off with Jackson starting and Miller coming off the bench.

With the second unit, Jackson is the go-to guy. The offense can run through him, which in fact offers him more scoring opportunities than he'd likely get with the first unit, which runs through O'Neal and Artest. In Tuesday night's game, for example, Jackson took over in the second half after O'Neal had left the game with a back injury, and when it was obvious Artest was struggling.

As the team is presently constructed, chemistry would be best served by the status quo. Miller has been a starter for 16 seasons. It's a role he has earned and in which he is the most comfortable and productive. Jackson is perfectly willing to come off the bench. He's done it before and done it well. It's also important to understand that, though O'Neal, Artest and Jackson aren't on the floor together at the start of a game, that doesn't mean they won't be on the floor together at the finish, as needed. If Miller is happy, Jackson is happy and the team is thriving, there is no need to fix what isn't broken.

ChicagoJ
10-20-2004, 05:05 PM
Does this mean Bruno is suggesting that Reggie be 'on the bench' at the finish? :hmm:

MSA2CF
10-20-2004, 06:08 PM
Well, his assessment is pretty similar to mine. Except for the end of the game part...

TheSauceMaster
10-20-2004, 07:42 PM
The more I think about it , I think Jackson is a better option off the bench , really isn't going to hurt if Reggie Starts ;)

Peck
10-20-2004, 08:22 PM
This is all just happy talk that we use in Pacerland whenever we have somebody who should start but for some sentimental reason we won't.

Whether it's Al Harrington, Jalen Rose (way back in the day) or now Jackson. It's just another in the long list of excuses.

Soon someone on here will bring out the old tired cliche of "it doesn't matter who starts but who finishes".

It's pure & simple B.S.

Stephen Jackson is our best shooting guard. He should be our starter.

Any reason for not starting will be countered with "if it doesn't matter who starts or we need his offensive punch off of the bench then O'Neal would be a lock for 6th man of the year.

It's simple, people will not let Reggie Miller go. That's fine btw, but let's just be honest about it.

If you think that Jackson would be a detriment because he & Artest couldn't fit together on offense then may I suggest that Artest come off of the bench.

I bet that idea doesn't go over well with a couple of you. But your own ideas will be used against you. He would be the go to guy off of the bench, which should thrill him to no end. He could finish games.

But how much you wanna bet that idea is not going to fly with some people?

If we just wanna say Reggie should get a legacy start then let's just say that. Let's not try & fool people into thinking that he actually deserves to start based on today's production.

Ragnar
10-20-2004, 08:47 PM
I would imagine that we will see a finishing lineup depending on the situation.

Situation A: (need a three and defend)

Tins
Miller
Jax
Artest
Oneal

Situation B: (need to rebound and defend.)

Tins
Jax
Artest
Oneal
Foster

Situation C: (Need a rebound and a three)

Tins
Miller
Jax
Oneal
Foster

Situation D: (blowout win)

F.Jones
J.Jones
Cro
Pollard
Harrison


Situation E: (winning big but still need to rebound the ball well so that the win does not go away)

Johnson
J.Jones
Artest
Cro
Foster

Anthem
10-20-2004, 09:40 PM
I really hope we win the championship this year. If Reggie hangs 'em up, then next year Jackson can start and Freddy can be the backup.