There's a lot of great stuff in here. I don't know how I missed this thread earlier...
I like it more earlier in the season. Now is the time of year we should be shortening the rotations to get ready for the playoffs.This is what I don't get. Many people complain when we don't develop the young/bench guys. Well, the best way to do that is to build a big lead and stick them in there. I like that Rick is going deep into the bench. It helps develop the players and gives them alot of experience whether they lose the lead or not. Bottom line is we get the win AND give the bench some development. Best of both worlds if you ask me.
Now if the same type of thing (leaving the bench in too long) in the playoffs, then that may be a different matter. But for now, I think its a good thing.
I disagree. I thought the original post was excellent although I might argue a few of the points.Even handed? Insightful? How about idiotic? Jump off fair weather bandwagonners. We don't need you or WANT you. BYE now!
Please post more often.I registered here so I could defend what I wrote. Thanks bulletproof for posting it here.
On Al Harrington:
Besides, my reason for saying Al isn't starter material isn't that he's peaked, my reason for saying that is that he's a tweener. The problem with tweeners is that they really struggle with defensive assignments because they are too slow to guard small forwards or shooting guards and they are not bulky enough to guard power forwards. In the playoffs last year, Paul Pierce exploded when Al tried to guard him, and did pretty much nothing when Ron guarded him. When Al starts it will be too easy for the other team to create mismatches.
Given that Al has some great offensive skills, I think the fact that he's a tweener makes the role of first scorer off the bench the perfect role for him. He's not a well-rounded player, so when there are other scorers like JO in the game who dominate the ball, Al doesn't really do much for us. As bulletproof said, I wasn't putting Al down, I was just saying that the loss of Ron means we are not in a good position to utilize Al's talents. That's why he's been struggling, and he will continue to struggle until Ron gets back, I think.
I've noticed that blaming the coach is one of the main things fans do when they can't accept that the players aren't as amazing as they think they are. Blaming the officials is another one.
And last but least,
On fair-weather fans
Dude, PacerMan, I'm not a fair-weather fan, you're just a fan who likes to pretend that there's fair weather when there isn't. [size=15:71fac7d5e8]I expect a lot from my team, and when I don't see it, I worry about it. I think I just care more about the Pacers than you do, because evidently when they get blown out of the gym twice by a second-tier team like the Hornets you think there's no problem. Maybe when your team loses in the playoffs, you can only be upset for 3 minutes and then get over it because you're sure they'll come back and win the championship next year. Sorry if it means a little more to me than that.[/size]
Thanks for the comments everyone!
Actually, I liked some of the additional analysis even better. I really, really liked the part I bolded. Yes, I was on suicide watch a couple of weeks ago, but that's because the Pacers are my first love (my wife is fine with status, by the way). I've always resented the "bandwagon jumper" comments that sometimes come out if I'm down on a player, "my" team, etc. If I was a f@c#ing bandwagon jumper, I'd just give up. But I've made waaayy too much of an emotional investment in this team over the past twenty-five years or so to 'quit' on my team. Instead, Hell hath no fury like a Pacers' fan scorned. I'll never get my 1999 or 2000 championships, and I really want one NOW!
Also, I agree with your point on Al as a "tweener". I was thinking about this today - he could start for a lot of teams, but so can Elton Brand. I wouldn't want to be pinning my hopes for a deep playoff run from a team where either one of those guys is the starting PF, however.
I figured it out, Rick would rather we use the entire shot clock and not score than score at the begining of the clock. Thats why AJ gets so much playing time he does not get the team into scoring position at all let alone early in the clock! Same with Worst dribble dribble dribble late pass clang.
Couldn't have said it better myself... Except you left out Travis Bust's superior ability to get the rim [size=9:71fac7d5e8] just to get his shot blocked > 75% of the time. [/size]