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Hicks
02-17-2012, 01:00 PM
http://blogs.indystar.com/pacersinsider/2012/02/17/it-was-time-to-have-a-talk/



Team chemistry is one of the most common things I get asked about by fans when it comes to talking about the Pacers.

That’s because the Pacers dealt with their fair share of chemistry problems in the past, including last season. Those chemistry problems often led to a divided locker room.

Not season.

This is a close group of players.

It helps that there’s a solid mix of veterans (especially David West) to go with the young players.

Do the players agree on everything?

Heck no. It would be too easy if that was the case.

Will they have problems again at some point this season?

Likely so.

The players talked amongst themselves to try resolve their issues during their five-game losing streak.

“We had a few circumstances where we were kind of snapping at each other out of timeouts and arguing,” Danny Granger said. “We got together and said if we want to compete then we had to play together and (have) constructive criticism and stop singling out everybody else when you should probably be looking in the mirror.

“That was our main problem. So once everyone evaluated themselves and said we have to change something individually before we can change it collectively (or) we won’t win. We did that and we won.”

It’s good that the players were able to talk about things without having the coaching staff get involved and take on a babysitting role.

The Pacers hope their victory Thursday will be the start of them getting back on track again. Their next five games – Charlotte (twice), New Orleans (twice) and Golden State – are against teams with a losing record.

Mike Wells, IndyStar.com

graphic-er
02-17-2012, 01:03 PM
And people say Granger isn't a leader. Sounds like pretty good leadership right there.

Hicks
02-17-2012, 01:40 PM
And people say Granger isn't a leader. Sounds like pretty good leadership right there.

All we know from this is that Granger was one of the ones talking. Nothing here suggests he was the ringleader of it all.

I don't say that to attack Danny, I'm fine with Danny, but I think you're projecting.

able
02-17-2012, 01:56 PM
Anyone doubting Danny's leadership in the pack after last night, where he came back to carry the team (and probably would have been better off resting the ankle some more) and willed the team on, showing grit and determination, probably should explain what they think is leadership.

This pack has players they look up to (West) and a Leader (Danny) no doubt in my mind he is boss, it is HIS team.

Hicks
02-17-2012, 02:08 PM
Anyone doubting Danny's leadership in the pack after last night, where he came back to carry the team (and probably would have been better off resting the ankle some more) and willed the team on, showing grit and determination, probably should explain what they think is leadership.

This pack has players they look up to (West) and a Leader (Danny) no doubt in my mind he is boss, it is HIS team.

I think that's a lot of it; how one defines a leader or leadership. I get it, with regards to Danny, in a 'leading the charge' kind of manner. I understand that.

I tend to drift towards leaders who are the mentors, organizers, verbal rallying, that sort of thing.

Peck
02-17-2012, 02:14 PM
From my understanding and reading of this I think the issues were talked out and all has been resolved. It wasn't that big of a deal I think to begin with, more just frustration.

Chicken Soup cures all.:cool:

yoadknux
02-17-2012, 02:15 PM
Granger carries our offense generally, but I don't really think of him as a "leader".
When I think of a Leader, I think... a vocal guy who makes sure everybody's alright, and does his role on the court
Granger leads our offense, he did "lead" us to victory last night, but... It's a different type of leader. I can't really explain.
Rondo is a leader. MJ's a leader (or at least was one on Space Jam haha)

Mr.ThunderMakeR
02-17-2012, 02:19 PM
From my understanding and reading of this I think the issues were talked out and all has been resolved. It wasn't that big of a deal I think to begin with, more just frustration.

Chicken Soup cures all.:cool:
Peck I'd still like to hear your theory from the Cavs Odd Thoughts thread on who the specific player was that was breaking team chemistry. Have you shared that yet? Sorry if I missed it.

pacers27
02-17-2012, 03:18 PM
I don't think our team really has a "true" leader, and I don't think that's a bad thing. I like this article because it shows that all of our guys are committed and even though they might not always be on the same page, they want to get better. I feel all the guys do their part to encourage other players and to improve.

Anthem
02-17-2012, 06:25 PM
Danny Granger is a Reggie-Miller-style leader.

And that's fine.