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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"

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"Only stupid people think / believe / do ___________"

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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.

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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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What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

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  • #16
    Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

    I thought he was on a commercial with Josh Smith but it looks like the commercial hired a white guy that looks like Tyler and has the Pacers jersey on, has anybody seen the commercial yet?
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    • #17
      Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

      Originally posted by Speed View Post
      PS how can you play all your life and have no ability to use your left hand around the basket. Its to the point I question whether he even works on his game very hard. He has better physical tools than his the skills he's developed.
      The man was college player of the year. That's not something they hand out to scrubs. He developed the skills he needed to succeed at that level. Now he's at a new level. I'd say the odds are that he'll develop the skills he needs to succeed at this level. Is it a certainty? Of course not, but I'm willing to give him a chance.

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      • #18
        Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

        I'm thinking he ends up losing his spot at some point this season.


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        • #19
          Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

          I still can't believe he had such a poor season. He was going strong until he got hit in the head.

          I'm hoping he finds his groove...it's a short leash.

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          • #20
            Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

            Originally posted by Anthem View Post
            Yeah, I'm just kinda waiting for an article that says he's done that. Show me one counter-move and I'll be hopeful.
            I agree, it would be nice if the local paper covered the team. Oh well. But we're so close to finding out if he's improved. We should know in ten days or less. So no real need to speculate. I'm going to assume that the coaching staff helped him work on the skills that he needs. Why wouldn't everyone assume that? I'm going to be hopeful until I have reason not to be.

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            • #21
              Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

              It could depend on if Plumlee is ready to backup Hibbert at the 5. That'll shift Mahinmi to the 4, which will eat into Tyler's minutes, especially if he plays like last season.
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              • #22
                Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

                Originally posted by Strummer View Post
                The man was college player of the year. That's not something they hand out to scrubs. He developed the skills he needed to succeed at that level. Now he's at a new level. I'd say the odds are that he'll develop the skills he needs to succeed at this level. Is it a certainty? Of course not, but I'm willing to give him a chance.
                Yeah, me too. However, the idea that he just needs time to adjust to the pro level was a lot more appealing after his first year and after his second year. If he hasn't improved overall this season, reasoning like this isn't going to fly at all this time next season.

                I'm rooting for him. He's a Pacer. When he has those little flashes of very good, he's fun to watch. But at this point I am not expecting much and I'm glad we have some players on the bench that will be able to eat into his time if necessary.
                "Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better." - Albert Camus

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                • #23
                  Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

                  Originally posted by gummy View Post
                  Yeah, me too. However, the idea that he just needs time to adjust to the pro level was a lot more appealing after his first year and after his second year. If he hasn't improved overall this season, reasoning like this isn't going to fly at all this time next season.
                  But that's where I'd point to Vogel's quote. About this being the first chance that Tyler's gotten to work with the coaches over the summer. If Tyler doesn't improve then we may have to point our fingers at the coaches too.

                  I'm just hoping that watching West play game after game last season made a big impression on Tyler. West has the kind of game that Tyler needs to develop.

                  If Tyler doesn't improve this season, then I'm not expecting him to be back. There are better ways to spend the money. And personally I think Miles is a better long term option. I loved the quickness and length that he showed in the summer league. It's going to be fun to see how it plays out.

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                  • #24
                    Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

                    Originally posted by Strummer View Post
                    But that's where I'd point to Vogel's quote. About this being the first chance that Tyler's gotten to work with the coaches over the summer. If Tyler doesn't improve then we may have to point our fingers at the coaches too.

                    I'm just hoping that watching West play game after game last season made a big impression on Tyler. West has the kind of game that Tyler needs to develop.

                    If Tyler doesn't improve this season, then I'm not expecting him to be back. There are better ways to spend the money. And personally I think Miles is a better long term option. I loved the quickness and length that he showed in the summer league. It's going to be fun to see how it plays out.
                    We don't actually know if Tyler did work with the Pacers' coaches over the summer. Vogel made it clear that he wanted to work with Tyler, but the team can't force a player to stay in Indy over the summer. If Tyler didn't spend some significant time working with team staff over the summer, that's on him.

                    West is absolutely the kind of player Tyler needs to model himself after. I hope it made an impression on him too.

                    Edit: Looks like he spent at least part of his time at Chapel Hill working out with the strength and conditioning coordinator there - that's what he has done in years past as well. http://www.goheels.com/ViewArticle.d...CLID=205562962

                    Maybe those of you who are on Twitter could ask Mike Wells if Tyler spent much time in Indy this summer.
                    Last edited by gummy; 10-03-2012, 02:49 AM.
                    "Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better." - Albert Camus

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                    "Everyone's values are defined by what they will tolerate when it is done to others." - William Greider

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                    • #25
                      Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

                      Originally posted by gummy View Post
                      Maybe those of you who are on Twitter could ask Mike Wells if Tyler spent much time in Indy this summer.
                      Coaches can also travel to meet with the players. Players shouldn't feel like they have to be in Indy year round. I know they cover what they want players to work on during the exit interviews. They probably provide them film too, I'd hope. Then it's just a matter of periodically meeting with the players to see how they're doing. Or sometimes the team goes the extra mile like when the Pacers brought in Bill Walton to tutor Roy. There's no reason things like that can't happen in North Carolina if that's where Tyler wants to spend his summers.

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                      • #26
                        Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

                        I'm not perfect and neither are you.

                        Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim,
                        Ephisians 4: 32 And be kind towards one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as Elohim also forgave you in Messiah.

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                        • #27
                          Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

                          To settle into his Greg Kite goon role.

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                          • #28
                            Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

                            I'm done discussing it. We'll see.

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                            • #29
                              Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

                              Effectively handing towels to Jeff Pendergraph.
                              "Your course, your path, is not going to be like mine," West says. "Everybody is not called to be a multimillionaire. Everybody's not called to be the president. Whatever your best work is, you do it. Do it well. You cease your own greatness when you aspire to be someone else."

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                              • #30
                                Re: What are we expecting from Tyler this year?

                                I'm expecting Tyler to be a nice 4 Mil dollar expiring contract to be shopped around the league along with a combination of other servicable players to a contender in the West for a 1st rounder and a garbage expiring.

                                He's good enough to help a team out off the bench late in the year and in limited minutes in the playoffs. A team desperate enough for some depth might give up a first for Tyler and DJ if Lance has matured his game enough where he can help out at point and Young, Green/Plumlee are able to pick up the slack at the vacated SG and PF Minutes. I like DJ so far, but if we can steal somebodies first, knowing he and Tyler won't be re-signed next year. We gotta do that... Especially with D-Wests contract looming.

                                Just my take...

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