This question is inspired by Uncle Buck's question about why fans in Indiana don't (cult like) love Ron Artest.
This is for a differant player though.
Why are fans in Indiana so easily disgusted with Al Harrington?
I'm not saying that I don't get the same way btw, I just want to know why it is that Al doesn't always recieve the benefit of the doubt?
As an example recently Al had a stint in the starting unit when Ron went down for surgery. He had a mediocre performance during that stretch. He had some games that he was just lousy at & he had a couple of games that he played pretty decent in.
But almost universally it was considered a bust.
The thing that makes me curious about this is that Al had legitimate excuses that he never once used.
An example you say? Prior to the trade deadline it became very public that Al has a lingering injury. One that some people say he should set for. He has made it a point in three differant articles, by my count, to say that he will not use the injury as an exuse.
Jermaine O'Neal has tendenitis in the knee. Everybody fell all over themselves making sure they said that it was his knee that caused his sub-par performance during the same time. (myself included btw)
Nobody would accept the same thing from Al or even offered it up as much of an excuse.
Al is often called selfish & a black hole. Yet nobody ever talks about how Thomas told him it was his job to score for the backups. I know that Thomas is not here now but he had him for four years & it was his formative years.
Al was drafted by the Pacers. For God's sake this is baby Al were talking about here. He was the teams mascot during the deep playoff runs. Bill Benner even wrote an article about him when they were getting ready to open the fieldhouse & talked about how the building would be mature just as Al's career was winding down.
He has never caused a problem, in public. Of course we don't know what goes on behind the scenes but from all indications he has not caused a rucus.
Thomas, Carlisle & Walsh have all complimented him on his professionalism in accepting his role.
But yet when we talk about trades Al is always the first to be offered up here. I'm sure it's because he is a player who we feel we can depart with & get something in return.
I guess I just want to ask everybody, why don't we hold anymore loyalty to the guy?
I honestly beleive that if a poll were taken today online today most of us would choose to trade Al & keep Jon Bender even if it meant we could get the same player.
BTW, I'm not accusing anybody here. I am just as guilty sometimes about the same thing. I am even asking this question to myself.