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Alabama-Redneck
10-23-2004, 10:25 AM
I have not seen these posted but nothing we don't already know. I did find the comments about Al interesting.

: It's hard to fathom why so many NBA wise guys keep believing the Pacers traded Al Harrington to Atlanta for Stephen Jackson primarily because Harrington didn't want to come off the bench anymore. Sure, that had something to do with it, but Harrington's play was always erratic, and the Pacers needed an heir apparent to Reggie Miller at shooting guard and the opportunity to give Jonathan Bender major minutes.

What it really means: Jackson is a dogged defender on the perimeter, which plays right into the way coach Rick Carlisle wants to play. He'll be out of control on offense from time to time, but he is a great streak shooter. The bigger question is Bender, the young 7-footer who isn't likely to play in the preseason because of a bruise on his surgically repaired knee. Although has bulked up to more than 235 pounds, he has yet to prove he can consistently wow anybody outside of practice because of one injury or another. This is his sixth season; it's time for him to make a move -- or be moved.

ChicagoJ
10-23-2004, 10:41 AM
-snip-What it really means: Jackson is a dogged defender on the perimeter, which plays right into the way coach Rick Carlisle wants to play. He'll be out of control on offense from time to time, but he is a great streak shooter.

Isn't that an oxymoron?

Kegboy
10-23-2004, 10:45 AM
I was on the fence about the trade at the time, but I'm starting to be really glad we got rid of Al.

I watched the second half of the Atl game last night, and they look awful. I'm already on the record as saying that they'd be the worst team in the league, but even I was shocked at how putrid they are. As Marv and Doug said, they'll be watching the waiver wire for a point guard, shooting guard, and center. Not backups, but starters. Dominique Wilkens pretty much admitted on camera that their PG situation is a joke.

As for Al, he's averaging 14 and 6 on 37% shooting. I can live with that, being preseason and on a bad team and all, but get a load of this. In 5 games, he's had 23 turnovers, vs. 6 assists. :o

Doug said Al's gonna have a real hard time getting used to being the first option and being double teamed. I'd say so.

Kegboy
10-23-2004, 10:47 AM
-snip-What it really means: Jackson is a dogged defender on the perimeter, which plays right into the way coach Rick Carlisle wants to play. He'll be out of control on offense from time to time, but he is a great streak shooter.

Isn't that an oxymoron?

Not necessarily. You can take it as he goes on great streaks, or he's great at being streaky. With time and practice, maybe he'll become the best streak shooter ever! :chuckle:

Unclebuck
10-23-2004, 11:25 AM
Jackson scores in bunches (sorta like Jalen) He is a streak shooter and a streak scorer

Anthem
10-23-2004, 12:41 PM
Well, we all know Al doesn't pass the ball.

But in all fairness, who's he gonna pass to?

Mourning
10-23-2004, 12:48 PM
Besides Walker, who is a black-hole himeself:confused: Ehmmm.... nobody, I guess. I hope for the sake of Atlanta that young kid will give them something, but I doubt he will amount to very much the first few years, still you never really know.

Regards,

Mourning:cool:

clownskull
10-25-2004, 11:43 PM
except for the losing on a nightly basis, i would think al will be thrilled about this. he only has one other guy to deal with in terms of sharing the ball. i can't recall off hand but, al's assist/turnover ratio was pretty bad here too. i lost count how many times it happend watching him get the ball and i could see that no matter what, he wasn't going to pass. he was going to take that shot if he was double or even triple teamed. this is at least a situation where al has excuses at hand for his turnover to assist ratio.