I think it's time to give him the same speech that Larry Brown gave to Rik Smits.
Everybody kept telling Rik to put on weight so that he could bang with the big guys down low & become the low post center we always wanted him to be.
It never worked.
Larry came to town & in thier first meeting he told Rik to drop down in weight & concentrate more on speed. Speed & Rik Smits really just don't go together, however losing the weight did put Rik at the right size to be effective for about 6 more years.
I think when all is said & done with Jermaine the same thing will apply to him. Jermaine went out & put on probably 20-30 lbs of muscle over the past two summers because he felt he needed the weight to battle in the post. At first I thought this was a good thing because I figured the size would help him vs. the Pistons & for that matter every other team in the NBA. However I've lately come to the conclusion that J.O. just doesn't carry the weight well.
Don't get me wrong he looks superb but IMO, it has affected his ability to jump & defying all human logic it has actually made him a worse rebounder.
There is a reason for that. He is not a postional or even a fundamentally sound rebounder. He has always relied on his ability to jump high to get the boards & right now he just can't jump as high as he used to & the older he gets the worse that will become.
Now I think J.O. should be applauded for reshaping his body & I think the Pacers management should be booed for making it so that J.O. needed to reshape his body.
J.O. has for the past two years begged anybody who would listen to him that we needed another big body to help him in the post. But all we had was Jeff Foster & even though he has his advantages Jeff is not a post player & thus it forced J.O. to be one when in fact he isn't one either on the defensive end.
Now we have Dale & hopefully next season we will have him to & then right after that if all works well we will have David Harrison. Both of these guys are big enough & strong enough to guard the post thus allowing J.O. to switch back over the the weaker inside player.
I even think it would help his defense to be thinner (God help me for saying that because I was an advocate for getting stronger) because he is really one of the best weak side shot blockers in the NBA but to do that he needs to be able to rotate fast & jump high. Right now he can't do either very well.
I still beleive that this off-season securing Dale & even getting another post defender is really a top priority. No matter how this season ends.