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Suaveness
10-26-2004, 03:37 PM
http://www.indystar.com/articles/3/189467-6993-092.html


Indiana Pacers center Jeff Foster will have arthroscopic surgery to repair a cartilage tear in his right hip Wednesday morning and will miss the start of the regular season.

Scot Pollard will start while Foster recovers, which is expected to take four to six weeks.



Jeff Foster
"The opinion was I could play through it, but by December or January I'd be pretty bad," Foster said this morning. "The consensus was to get it fixed and by mid-December hopefully I'll be 100 percent."

The surgery will repair Foster's labrum, a joint socket. He isn't sure when the injury occurred, but believes it was in a summer pick-up game at the San Antonio Spurs training facility when a player fell on him and he felt something pop.

He played in the first two preseason games, averaging 10.5 points on 73 percent shooting in 15.5 minutes. He sat out the three games previous to tonight's game with Memphis at Conseco Fieldhouse, however, and was held out of practice as well.

"I was really, really tight in my hip," Foster said. "We couldn't get it worked out, and when they finally worked it out it brought the problem to life."

Pollard started the first two games last season before losing the job to Foster, who went on to average 6.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. Pollard endured his most frustrating season in the NBA a year ago, averaging 1.7 points while playing sparingly. The seven-year veteran reported to training camp in better shape and has averaged 6 points and 6.4 rebounds in five preseason games.

I've started games before and played a lot of minutes before -- just not in Indiana," Pollard smiled. "Hopefully my body is ready to do what it used to be able to do."

Jermaine O'Neal and David Harrison also are nursing minor injuries, leaving the Pacers thin at the center position as they conclude the preseason with three games this week.

O'Neal could miss the remaining games as a precautionary measure, while Harrison hopes to return for at least one game.

The injuries could create a roster spot, at least temporarily, for free agent rookie center John Edwards.

"That's a question for Larry (Bird) and Donnie (Walsh)," Carlisle said. "On paper it would certainly appear possible, but they're going to have to make that decision."

Suaveness
10-26-2004, 03:39 PM
Well, Pollard had better perform...

Ragnar
10-26-2004, 03:55 PM
crap

fwpacerfan
10-26-2004, 04:12 PM
It's a good thing we kept Pollard around. This also opens up some time for Harrison to develop - it's not all bad.

sweabs
10-26-2004, 04:16 PM
Oh my...I really don't know what to say...

Maybe I'll just wait for Peck to reply :cry:

Arcadian
10-26-2004, 04:24 PM
Just shows how thin we are at C and PF. Bender is the key to our season. If he really is a bust we are in trouble.

Kegboy
10-26-2004, 04:42 PM
By the time Foster comes back, I wouldn't be surprised if he's lost his starting job to Bender.

Hicks
10-26-2004, 04:43 PM
Pollard has just been handed a gift-wrapped opportunity to redeem himself, as has Harrison to prove himself as a backup. I'd rather them have to perform in this situation rather than in spot minute of garbage time. This way, we should know for sure if either deserves to play or not, because they'll have to to start off.

TheSauceMaster
10-26-2004, 04:52 PM
It's a good thing we kept Pollard around. This also opens up some time for Harrison to develop - it's not all bad.

:notlistening::notlistening::notlistening:


No but seriously , I don't think it's a bad thing ;)

Mourning
10-26-2004, 05:06 PM
Pollard has just been handed a gift-wrapped opportunity to redeem himself, as has Harrison to prove himself as a backup. I'd rather them have to perform in this situation rather than in spot minute of garbage time. This way, we should know for sure if either deserves to play or not, because they'll have to to start off.

Hmm... I think its more likely to create more time at PF for Croshere and Bender, because JO will probably play more time at Center instead of Harrison coming in, dunno just a feeling with Carlisle not playing rookies much at all aswell as Bird liking Croshere aswell as beying more "secure" than a rookie. I don't necessarily aggree with all of that, but I think that's the way it will play out.

And, yes, this is a golden opportunity for Pollard, he had better take it, will he:confused: He has been pretty decent this preseason, but its not called "preseason" for nothing. Conclusion: we just have to waite and see how it will work out.

Regards,

Mourning:cool:

SoupIsGood
10-26-2004, 06:14 PM
Holy crap. We're counting on Pollard, a rookie, an injury waiting to happen, and Croshere now.

The only good that can come out of this is the Pollard/Harrison combo actually works out well (which I think is doubtful), and moves JO back to PF.

I'm not even going to expect anything out of Bender until I see it, I don't want to be disappointed again.

DisplacedKnick
10-26-2004, 06:43 PM
Just shows how thin we are at C and PF. Bender is the key to our season. If he really is a bust we are in trouble.

Then you're in trouble.

But I disagree with the basic premise. You have enough depth. Granted, you'll see Croshere spend some time at center and Bender may last only 5 games instead of 10 this year but you still have enough talent and people to look pretty good when he gets back.

The tougher thing is it gives Detroit a huge edge on you for winning the division - before this I'd have put it as even, or possibly given Indy a slight edge.

blanket
10-26-2004, 07:06 PM
Somebody watch the waiver wires...

Derrick Coleman, anyone?

:arrgh:

ChicagoJ
10-26-2004, 07:12 PM
By the time Foster comes back, I wouldn't be surprised if he's lost his starting job to Bender.

Agreed.

I don't think Pollard will start any more games this season than he did last year (two), although Croshere may move into the lineup at PF for a while as Bender gets into shape.

Unclebuck
10-26-2004, 07:26 PM
This certainly does not help, but we'll find out how important Jeff really is.

Suaveness
10-26-2004, 08:12 PM
For all those who think that Bender is going to be a key part of the season, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Frankly, I would not want to count on HIM to be making or breaking our season. Pollard should be fine. Or at least we will find out won't we?

Unclebuck
10-26-2004, 08:30 PM
Hey, is UB

I was just thinking today how I havent seen you much this offseason. I figured you might pop up when I heard this news about Jeff


Hey, I've been pretty scarce since about mid August, as my life as been in upheaval. I moved, started a new job, my home computer went on the fritz. Hopefully with the season starting I'll be around more. I do have a new home computer and finally got high speed internet, no more dial up.

Peck
10-27-2004, 02:46 AM
The only thing Foster being gone is going to prove is that we are beyond a shadow of a doubt thin at the power positions.

Jeff Foster is a good backup center, the fact that we have to miss him as a starter pretty much say's it all.

Filling the shooting guard spot was a good thing. Not addressing our weakness in the middle was a huge mistake.

The east is getting bigger & stronger & we are getting smaller & weaker.

Sure, the rest of the east doesn't have our team depth. But right now out of the big three we are the smallest.

Does anybody truely want to bet the season on Jon Bender?

I've said it before & I will shout it again here.

Not signing Brad Miller & then signing him & trading him for Scot Pollard is the worst trade in Pacers history.

It made no sense to me then & it makes even less sense to me today.

Yes, I know I've once again thrown this into a Brad discussion but I can't help it.

We decided to give Bender & Foster extensions & sign Reggie Miller to an ungodly contract for his production all the while we traded away an all-star who went on to become an all-star in the west.

I can't sleep at nights sometimes because I keep having nightmares about Shaq vs. Foster/Pollard/Croshere/O'Neal/Harrison/Artest/whoever.

Brad would have made it more difficult on Shaq & the big man would have actually had to have guarded Miller.

:bananadead::banghead::banghead::banghead:

Ok, I feel better now.

Let's see if I can look at this objectively right now.

Foster is out, O'Neal is hurt & Harrison is soar.

We must depend on Pollard?

Scot has been better this season than he was last season, but it is still pre-season.

Jermaine's back bothers me more than Fosters hip.

Sorry guys, I just don't think much of Jeff. He's ok, but I don't consider him to be the defensive demon & rebounder that some of you do. At best I consider him a decent role player (nothing wrong with that) but having a very limited role.

In reality I think Croshere can make up for Foster abscence & actually provide a more flexible offense because teams actually have to guard him.

ABADays
10-27-2004, 09:44 AM
By the time Foster comes back, I wouldn't be surprised if he's lost his starting job to Bender.

Hmmm :confused: hmm :chin: hmm :crystalball: :lol2:

MagicRat
10-27-2004, 10:23 AM
Sorry guys, I just don't think much of Jeff. He's ok, but I don't consider him to be the defensive demon & rebounder that some of you do. At best I consider him a decent role player (nothing wrong with that) but having a very limited role.

"The opinion was I could play through it, but by December or January I'd be pretty bad," Foster said.

The first thing I thought when I read that in the paper this morning was "Peck thinks you're pretty bad anyway....."