“Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right.” ― Ricky Gervais.
Here it is:
That sense of home initially appealed to 2015 All-Star Jeff Teague, who was thrilled to be traded from Atlanta to play for his hometown Indiana Pacers in June. (The three-team swap — which sent George Hill, also an Indianapolis native, away from his hometown club — was the only trade to bring a veteran back to his hometown last offseason. The other nine players making a return trip all signed as free agents.)
Teague, a point guard with a mural of Indianapolis tattoos on his left arm, says he prioritizes his family; after the trade he moved into the basement of the house he bought for his parents. But as much as he loves being around his folks, the 28-year-old said in an interview that playing at home “is definitely not what I expected” so far. It’s been challenging to deal with so many people coming out of the woodwork to ask him for tickets, Teague said.
“Honestly, it’s a lot easier playing in a place where you don’t know anyone, because no one really bothers you,” said Teague. “At home, everybody knows you. People ask for everything. And I try to tell them, ‘Talk to my parents,’ or just turn them down. But it’s hard to say no. Sometimes I just end up giving into it.”
Not exactly saying he isn't enjoying playing for the Pacers, but he isn't as thrilled as he expected to be.
Worrying about making sure you can secure dozens of free tickets every game instead of just getting to do your job has got to be daunting and stressful. Luckily, there's only one chair in my cubicle.
Clearly, the major issue right now is you can't have any two of the big 3 - PG, Myles, Teague - struggling at the same time. Despite CJ shooting/playing well of late, there just isn't enough consistent offense coming from the rest of the team. GRIII's potential is intriguing, but his consistency remains non-existent at this point. Al Jeff, Stuckey, Brooks, and Monta can't all be shown the door fast enough for my taste. Thad, well, what can you do? He's banged up. I assume he's only out there giving it a go because it can't make the injury any worse and it won't really prolong whatever best-case recovery scenario there is.
This team for me is hard to really get behind. Of course, part of it is the mediocrity and inconsistency reflected in the record. But I've been more staunchly invested in equally bad or inferior Pacer teams. I think it's as much or more about the personalities, or at least the mix of personalities. There's a leadership void. There's a toughness void. And I frankly don't get the sense the team is unified/together on the court in what they're trying to accomplish and how they go about it, including the mentality/intensity/team spirit with which they go about it.
I'm disappointed also by Teague seemingly throttling back his aggressiveness recently. Even if he's in a slump or having an off night, as the second best player it's paramount that he continue to have an attack mentality - pushing the ball, looking to score or create, and giving effort on D. Yes, the latter may never be his forte, but he's had stretches this season where he's shown he can at least be a pesky, effort defender. His steals numbers are way down during his slump. I'm sure he's tired. He's shouldered a lot. But you'd hope someone we're talking about spending big bucks on this offseason would be capable of it. I am very interested to see how he and PG finish the regular season and playoffs (assuming we hang on in the race).
I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.
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...
Of all the players we could have traded in order to get Jeff back home, George Hill had to be the worst choice possible. I got really excited thinking we were going to have Jeff and GH3 as our starting guard combo, but that ship sailed also.