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Pacers Digest is intended to be a place to discuss basketball without having to deal with the kinds of behaviors or attitudes that distract people from sticking with the discussion of the topics at hand. These unwanted distractions can come in many forms, and admittedly it can sometimes be tricky to pin down each and every kind that can rear its ugly head, but we feel that the following examples and explanations cover at least a good portion of that ground and should at least give people a pretty good idea of the kinds of things we actively discourage:

"Anyone who __________ is a liar / a fool / an idiot / a blind homer / has their head buried in the sand / a blind hater / doesn't know basketball / doesn't watch the games"

"People with intelligence will agree with me when I say that __________"

"Only stupid people think / believe / do ___________"

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"This thread is stupid / worthless / embarrassing"

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"Remember when PosterX said OldCommentY that no longer looks good? "

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We also dissuade passive aggressive behavior. This can be various things, but common examples include statements that are basically meant to imply someone is either stupid or otherwise incapable of holding a rational conversation. This can include (but is not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions rather than offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is Poster X will say "that player isn't that bad" and then Poster Y will say something akin to "LOL you think that player is good". We're not going to tolerate those kinds of comments out of respect for the community at large and for the sake of trying to just have an honest conversation.

Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

That all having been said, our goal is to do so in a generally kind and respectful way, and that doesn't mean the moment we see something we don't like that somebody is going to be suspended or banned, either. It just means that at the very least we will probably say something about it, quite possibly snipping out the distracting parts of the post in question while leaving alone the parts that are actually just discussing the topics, and in the event of a repeating or excessive problem, then we will start issuing infractions to try to further discourage further repeat problems, and if it just never seems to improve, then finally suspensions or bans will come into play. We would prefer it never went that far, and most of the time for most of our posters, it won't ever have to.

A slip up every once and a while is pretty normal, but, again, when it becomes repetitive or excessive, something will be done. Something occasional is probably going to be let go (within reason), but when it starts to become habitual or otherwise a pattern, odds are very good that we will step in.

There's always a small minority that like to push people's buttons and/or test their own boundaries with regards to the administrators, and in the case of someone acting like that, please be aware that this is not a court of law, but a private website run by people who are simply trying to do the right thing as they see it. If we feel that you are a special case that needs to be dealt with in an exceptional way because your behavior isn't explicitly mirroring one of our above examples of what we generally discourage, we can and we will take atypical action to prevent this from continuing if you are not cooperative with us.

Also please be aware that you will not be given a pass simply by claiming that you were 'only joking,' because quite honestly, when someone really is just joking, for one thing most people tend to pick up on the joke, including the person or group that is the target of the joke, and for another thing, in the event where an honest joke gets taken seriously and it upsets or angers someone, the person who is truly 'only joking' will quite commonly go out of his / her way to apologize and will try to mend fences. People who are dishonest about their statements being 'jokes' do not do so, and in turn that becomes a clear sign of what is really going on. It's nothing new.

In any case, quite frankly, the overall quality and health of the entire forum's community is more important than any one troublesome user will ever be, regardless of exactly how a problem is exhibiting itself, and if it comes down to us having to make a choice between you versus the greater health and happiness of the entire community, the community of this forum will win every time.

Lastly, there are also some posters, who are generally great contributors and do not otherwise cause any problems, who sometimes feel it's their place to provoke or to otherwise 'mess with' that small minority of people described in the last paragraph, and while we possibly might understand why you might feel you WANT to do something like that, the truth is we can't actually tolerate that kind of behavior from you any more than we can tolerate the behavior from them. So if we feel that you are trying to provoke those other posters into doing or saying something that will get themselves into trouble, then we will start to view you as a problem as well, because of the same reason as before: The overall health of the forum comes first, and trying to stir the pot with someone like that doesn't help, it just makes it worse. Some will simply disagree with this philosophy, but if so, then so be it because ultimately we have to do what we think is best so long as it's up to us.

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All of the above is going to be subject to a case by case basis, but generally and broadly speaking, this should give everyone a pretty good idea of how things will typically / most often be handled.

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  • #46
    Re: NBA top free agents 2011

    Originally posted by Gamble1 View Post
    So 12 and 7 coupled with good defense is worth a max contract? Larry Bird please GOD NO....

    ITs a good thing that the Grizz will match anything..
    I suggest offering a near MAX Contract to Gasol...forcing the Grizzlies to match while eating up their Capspace......then call them up a few days later making an offer for OJ Mayo to help clear Capspace for them.

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    • #47
      Re: NBA top free agents 2011

      Originally posted by GrangeRusHibbert View Post
      Anyone with ESPN Insider wanna post this article? I assume this isn't against board rules since I've seen it done plenty of times in the past.

      10 best free-agent fits - NBA - ESPN

      The preview has David West to the Pacers at #1, but it cuts off.

      Thanks.
      I may be the only one but I am just not attracted to David West at all, what ever explosiveness he had, it probably has been diminished by his injury, why wave money around just because you can.

      When comparing him vs tyler with the money factor and their contributions on the court I just can not see how that would make any sense. I think his better days are behind him. I always question signing older players to expensive contracts. I will be disappointed if we spend a ton on David West.
      Why so SERIOUS

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      • #48
        Re: NBA top free agents 2011

        I would just like to reiterate how awesome it is that we have cap room. I've been waiting for this since like '08. Can't believe the days of having $35 mil dedicated to TJ, Dunleavy, Murph, and Tinsley are over.

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        • #49
          Re: NBA top free agents 2011

          Originally posted by CableKC View Post
          I suggest offering a near MAX Contract to Gasol...forcing the Grizzlies to match while eating up their Capspace......then call them up a few days later making an offer for OJ Mayo to help clear Capspace for them.

          Quick question about how many min per game would you expect OJ to get with George, Paul, DC, and Granger?(putting all of them because they will be the ones in the rotation as well)
          Why so SERIOUS

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          • #50
            Re: NBA top free agents 2011

            I'm surprised that this guy thinks that Rodney Stuckey could go to a different Team as a RFA.

            Personally, I wouldn't mind making a run at Rodney Stuckey to have him as our Starting PG. Heck, I'd even do a S&T involving DC to make that happen.
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            • #51
              Re: NBA top free agents 2011

              Originally posted by CooperManning View Post
              I would just like to reiterate how awesome it is that we have cap room. I've been waiting for this since like '08. Can't believe the days of having $35 mil dedicated to TJ, Dunleavy, Murph, and Tinsley are over.
              I'm glad it is a year where some decent bigs that we will have a shot at are available.
              Why so SERIOUS

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              • #52
                Re: NBA top free agents 2011

                If I were in charge I would try to steal DeAndre Jordan from the Clips for relatively cheap. If (when) that doesen't work, I would hope to pick up Kwame Brown for as little as possible. Either way, there is no one on these lists I feel comfortable offering max/near max level contracts to.

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                • #53
                  Re: NBA top free agents 2011

                  Originally posted by Wage View Post
                  If I were in charge I would try to steal DeAndre Jordan from the Clips for relatively cheap. If (when) that doesen't work, I would hope to pick up Kwame Brown for as little as possible. Either way, there is no one on these lists I feel comfortable offering max/near max level contracts to.
                  I tend to follow this way of thinking as well

                  Unless we get David West at a reduced rate (whatever that may be) I say we pass, and wait until next year when the FA class will be CRAZY

                  Its not like we are "one player away from championship contention" so might want to save the money
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                  • #54
                    Re: NBA top free agents 2011

                    Originally posted by Really? View Post
                    Quick question about how many min per game would you expect OJ to get with George, Paul, DC, and Granger?(putting all of them because they will be the ones in the rotation as well)
                    Depending on how many minutes that you think that PG and GH should play, there is enough minutes for a WingMan to play about 26 mpg

                    DC - 30-32 mpg ( on average 31 mpg )
                    Granger - 32-34 mpg ( on average 33 mpg at the SF spot )
                    PG - 26-28 mpg ( on average 27 mpg split at the SG spot )
                    GH - 26-28 mpg ( on average 27 mpg split between the PG and SG spots )
                    ??? - 26 mpg ( split between the the backup SG and SF spots )

                    Personally, I think that there is a need to get an additional scoring threat on the floor. PG could be that guy this season...but than again...it may take another season or two for him to figure it out. I don't want to wait.

                    I'd prefer to reduce Granger's minutes...but if there is an opportunity to get a solid scoring SG like Mayo ( or anyone else...like Afflalo or a cheaper option like Reggie Williams via FA ), than the minutes are there.
                    Last edited by CableKC; 11-28-2011, 07:44 PM.
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                    • #55
                      Re: NBA top free agents 2011

                      Originally posted by Wage View Post
                      If I were in charge I would try to steal DeAndre Jordan from the Clips for relatively cheap. If (when) that doesen't work, I would hope to pick up Kwame Brown for as little as possible. Either way, there is no one on these lists I feel comfortable offering max/near max level contracts to.
                      If you're going to steal DeAndre from the Clips, it's not going to be relatively cheap.

                      I like the Kwame idea, he could be a solid backup 5/occasional 4 for us, but I think Jordan is still in love with him after all these years.

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                      • #56
                        Re: NBA top free agents 2011

                        Originally posted by CooperManning View Post
                        If you're going to steal DeAndre from the Clips, it's not going to be relatively cheap.
                        It's definately a longshot, but when dealing with Donald Sterling you never know. He may be willing to let him go for a bag of magic beans.

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                        • #57
                          Re: NBA top free agents 2011

                          Originally posted by CableKC View Post
                          Depending on how many minutes that you think that PG and GH should play, there is enough minutes for a WingMan to play about 26 mpg

                          DC - 30-32 mpg ( on average 31 mpg )
                          Granger - 32-34 mpg ( on average 33 mpg at the SF spot )
                          PG - 26-28 mpg ( on average 27 mpg split at the SG spot )
                          GH - 26-28 mpg ( on average 27 mpg split between the PG and SG spots )
                          ??? - 26 mpg ( split between the the backup SG and SF spots )

                          Personally, I think that there is a need to get an additional scoring threat on the floor. PG could be that guy this season...but than again...it may take another season or two for him to figure it out. I don't want to wait.

                          I'd prefer to reduce Granger's minutes...but if there is an opportunity to get a solid scoring SG like Mayo ( or anyone else...like Afflalo or a cheaper option like Reggie Williams via FA ), than the minutes are there.
                          I fall in the "We don't really need a 2" camp, but the exception I could get behind is Reggie Williams. He's still young, .423 from the 3 last year is insane, and he could come fairly cheaply. I like the idea of having a 3-point assassin on the bench like the Bulls do with Korver.

                          If we were to get him though, we might as well trade Rush for peanuts or cut him, because there would be absolutely no minutes for him.

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                          • #58
                            Re: NBA top free agents 2011

                            Originally posted by CooperManning View Post
                            I like the Kwame idea, he could be a solid backup 5/occasional 4 for us, but I think Jordan is still in love with him after all these years.
                            This brings up an interesting question.

                            We know that the Pacers HAVE to add roughly $12 mil in 2011-2012 Salary before the end of the trade deadline.

                            IF the Pacers decide NOT to go after huge Players...in other words....not spend all of the $$$ in one shot....what positions of need ( and therefore Players ) do you think that we have to pursue in order to reach that goal of spending $12 mil?

                            At the very least.....I'm thinking making a run at Kwame at $4-5 mil a year and Foster at $2.5 mil a year to fill out the Frontcourt. Kwame can fill the role that Foster played last season ( the guy that backed up Hibbert ) and Foster can fill the role of Solo in the rotation last season ( the guy that filled in when the someone in the frontcourt was injured ).
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                            • #59
                              Re: NBA top free agents 2011

                              Originally posted by graphic-er View Post
                              I'd be offering a Max Contract to Marc Gasol and hoping Memphis won't match, and if they do match, they'll have to unload half their team in lopsided trades.
                              Marc Gasol is not worth anywhere near the Max.

                              He's a good player, but let's be realistic. Paying max money to a guy that averaged 11 and 7 last year just because of one playoff run is that last thing we need to be considering doing.

                              That would be as bad as murphy and croshere, maybe almost as bad as both combined.

                              He isn't that much better than Roy, would you give him anywhere near 25-30 percent of our WHOLE salary cap?

                              I'm hope our management doesn't think that way.
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                              • #60
                                Re: NBA top free agents 2011

                                Originally posted by CooperManning View Post
                                I fall in the "We don't really need a 2" camp, but the exception I could get behind is Reggie Williams. He's still young, .423 from the 3 last year is insane, and he could come fairly cheaply. I like the idea of having a 3-point assassin on the bench like the Bulls do with Korver.

                                If we were to get him though, we might as well trade Rush for peanuts or cut him, because there would be absolutely no minutes for him.
                                IF Bird thinks that there is a need to fill out the Backcourt with a scorer...I'm all for Reggie Williams. I was just suggesting the Mayo move since Bird seemed to be interested in him from last season while knowing that the Grizz would have to make some cost cutting moves IF some Team makes Marc Gasol some insane contract.

                                Personally, I know that I'm in the minority....but I honestly wouldn't mind if we didn't add another backcourt Player and just divy up the remaining 22-26 mpg between Inferno and some combination of BRush or Lance.
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