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Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

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  • #31
    Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

    Sorry but can you point me to what Frank actually said about Danny? Must have missed it.

    Oh and if he finally returns on Sunday or for the match at Miami, is it that big of a difference?
    Never forget

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    • #32
      Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

      Originally posted by Johanvil View Post
      Oh and if he finally returns on Sunday or for the match at Miami, is it that big of a difference?

      Definitely not. But is there anyone who would actually bet money on that? I know I wouldn't.

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      • #33
        Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

        Originally posted by Sollozzo View Post
        Definitely not. But is there anyone who would actually bet money on that? I know I wouldn't.
        Yeah but some people react like he just had a new major setback or something.
        Never forget

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        • #34
          Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

          i kinda feel like he's going to play today after all, as a big surprise

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          • #35
            Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

            Originally posted by dal9 View Post
            i kinda feel like he's going to play today after all, as a big surprise
            Being close to Christmas time and all, eh?
            Never forget

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            • #36
              Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

              Originally posted by dal9 View Post
              i kinda feel like he's going to play today after all, as a big surprise
              See? Now THAT'S over-the-top optimism!
              BillS

              A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
              Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...

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              • #37
                Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

                I've got to say, the reactions are kinda funny. For weeks we've had posters complain about not getting a schedule on when he'd be back, Danny gives one, then has to adjust it, and then suddenly people are upset about him giving the schedule. That's why teams don't put out timetables on injuries, because they can change so unpredictably, and then you're just left with even more upset fans.
                Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right.” ― Ricky Gervais.

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                • #38
                  Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

                  I'm not gonna knock anyone for complaining, because it has been poorly handled as a whole, but seriously folks...DG could come back after the ASB, when the Pacers still have the #1 seed, play the back nine of the season to prepare for the playoffs, and this team would be no worse for wear.

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                  • #39
                    Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

                    I think Lee Harvey Oswald took out the other knee.

                    We'll have to wait and see, but I'm 99% sure it was him. Though I did see a man on the grassy knoll with a Heat jersey on, so I'm a little skeptical.
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                    • #40
                      Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

                      The important thing is Granger is practicing. As long as that stays true then there is no conspiracy about what is happening IMHO. The team is winning and has a goal of winning HCA throughout the playoffs so they can't afford to insert a rusty Danny Granger into the lineup before he's ready as he can possibly be.

                      This team has moved past Danny Granger as far as star player and go to guy goes, so we aren't in some need to get him back and up to game speed ASAP (look at the record to confirm that). That's why I think some people were arguing so much about him returning to the starting lineup (thinking of him as if it was the '94 team missing Reggie)... But we don't need that kind of experiment or distraction that would be a major team shakeup at this point. Some more experience and firepower off the bench? Yes... When he's proven in practice that he can effectively replace Solo and/or OJ... and then ultimately you hope he can work his way into a role to possible shorten minutes for PG and Lance simply to give them more rest over the course of the season. Maybe some small lineup PF situationally... but we don't really want to go small anyway.

                      And that, to me, is really the end of it. I don't expect any more than that and that is also about as hopeful as it's going to get as far as Granger circa 2013-14 goes unless injuries rear their head in the starting lineup.
                      Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.

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                      "A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, that’s teamwork."

                      -John Wooden

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                      • #41
                        Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

                        Anyone else think maybe Granger will sign for the veteran's minimum this summer for getting paid about $28 million to play for about 50 games (assuming he starts playing sometime starting in January) over two seasons? This would allow the Pacers to be able to retain both he and Lance.

                        No? Not a chance in hell, you say? OK, just thought I would throw that out there. I'll sit back down now.

                        Hey, it was worth a shot

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                        • #42
                          Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

                          Originally posted by Dr. Hibbert View Post
                          I'm not gonna knock anyone for complaining, because it has been poorly handled as a whole, but seriously folks...DG could come back after the ASB, when the Pacers still have the #1 seed, play the back nine of the season to prepare for the playoffs, and this team would be no worse for wear.
                          So we are back to do the same thing we did last year wait for him to be ready for the playoffs and probably get burned again? I'm sorry but if the guy is not doing anything and is not looking like he is going to play at a high level by the trade deadline I hope the Pacers are looking to move him.

                          I'm telling you I'm going to be mad(yes again) if the Pacers don't look to move him for a player that can help us for a championship run, seriously how many times can a team get burned until they figure out that is not working?

                          And before somebody tells me how inpatient this sounds I would like to remind you that it has been 19/20 months since we got to see DG play at a high level so is not like this is the first time we see this happening either.

                          Note:I'm giving him until the trade deadline to look good and productive if not bye bye.
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                          • #43
                            Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

                            Water is wet. I'll be more shocked when Granger actually plays in a game.

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                            • #44
                              Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

                              Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                              So we are back to do the same thing we did last year wait for him to be ready for the playoffs and probably get burned again? I'm sorry but if the guy is not doing anything and is not looking like he is going to play at a high level by the trade deadline I hope the Pacers are looking to move him.

                              I'm telling you I'm going to be mad(yes again) if the Pacers don't look to move him for a player that can help us for a championship run, seriously how many times can a team get burned until they figure out that is not working?

                              And before somebody tells me how inpatient this sounds I would like to remind you that it has been 19/20 months since we got to see DG play at a high level so is not like this is the first time we see this happening either.

                              Note:I'm giving him until the trade deadline to look good and productive if not bye bye.

                              Agreed. I would give him a month and a half to show that he can return and be a reasonably consistent player off of the bench. But if it's February 1 and he still hasn't shown that he can do that, then I'm seeing if DG + second rounder can net us any expiring wing. We have a rare shot at a championship and need as perfect of a roster as possible. If DG hasn't shown anything and if a second rounder is enough to entice a team to swap expirings, then you have to do it. I probably wouldn't offer any more than that though because we are already without our first round pick, plus we can't take on salary beyond this season if we want to retain Lance.

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                              • #45
                                Re: Granger Out Friday - Indy Star

                                Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                                So we are back to do the same thing we did last year wait for him to be ready for the playoffs and probably get burned again? I'm sorry but if the guy is not doing anything and is not looking like he is going to play at a high level by the trade deadline I hope the Pacers are looking to move him.

                                I'm telling you I'm going to be mad(yes again) if the Pacers don't look to move him for a player that can help us for a championship run, seriously how many times can a team get burned until they figure out that is not working?

                                And before somebody tells me how inpatient this sounds I would like to remind you that it has been 19/20 months since we got to see DG play at a high level so is not like this is the first time we see this happening either.

                                Note:I'm giving him until the trade deadline to look good and productive if not bye bye.
                                What are you looking for as an asset for Granger? I don't know what your feeling is on Stephenson, but how do you plan to resign Lance if we take back any salary at all for Danny? If he never plays up to a decent standard again, thats unfortunate, but I think the long term solution is just to let his contract expire and move on. Unless of course you could offload some additional salary in the theoretical deal(basically either Copeland/Mahinmi), but that would probably mean giving up future picks, and losing a solid defensive bench piece in Ian.
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