Many of you have grown tired of the immature actions of our key people. Tinsley, Jermaine, Ron, Jack. They've all done some stupid things, some worse than others, but none of it good. God knows I've grown sick of it.
However there's one glimmer of hope I try to keep in mind. Remember how Reggie talked when he was a young guy here? Remember later, in 1994, when he started getting into it with Spike Lee? He said and did some pretty rude things that day.
Reggie himself alludes to his immaturity in his farewell speech last month.
So here's where the hope part comes in. In 1994, when Reggie was still immature and doing some of these poor things, he was *drumroll*
28 years old. That's right. 2 years shy from 30.
During most of this past 2004-05 season:
Jermaine O'Neal was 26 (will be 27 in October)
Ron Artest was 25 (Will be 26 in November)
Stephen Jackson was 26 (Turned 27 in April)
Jamaal Tinsley was 26 (Turned 27 on the 28th of Feb.)
These numbers give me just a little hope that things can work out. Now let's be honest with ourselves, some of the problems these guys have are worse than anything Reggie had. They may never get it. Nonetheless, most of their problems aren't too far from Reggie's, and look how he turned in the end.
Meanwhile, note that at age 28, Reggie had his first big playoff performance. At least that I'm aware of; Pacers history before then is shaky at best for me so I'll let someone else fill in the gaps.