I'm thinking about it & right now I wouldn't give a plugged nickle for either of them but that stunt Jon pulls every summer just has me hoppin mad.
For everything I dislike about Ron, & God knows I've listed many of them on multiple times, at least I never had the feeling Ron didn't care whether he played or not.
I had gotten to the point where just to be honest I didn't give a crap about Bender one way or another. But the fly in for one game & leave the team sitting thing just rekindled what I hate about him & have for every season he has been here.
Do you realize this is not a unique situtation with Jon? He does this every year & has since his rookie year.
He wouldn't come to the city as a rookie to work with the trainers or coaching staff, they had to fly to him.
He refused to take part in Pete Newells big man camp & decided he could work out on his own & again the Pacers had to fly staff down to meet him.
This happens year after year after year with him.
I know some are going to say "big deal" it's the summer. Well, yes it is a big deal.
David Harrison moved to the city last summer to work with the staff, Danny Granger is already here now. Fred Jones flew in several times for individual workouts. Yet Jon can never seem to be bothered working with the team on his game.
He can't seem to play in any form of organized Pacers games yet can participate in charity games & pick up games. Wasn't his knee supposedly injured last year while playing in a pickup game?
Is he injued? Probably, hell I'm not even sure anymore. At one point in time I would have said yes he was injured but I don't know if he still is or not.
At the very least he needs a P.R. guy to tell him that when you have never lived up to expectations you should do everything in your power to make it look like you are trying to live up to your expectations & that injurys are holding you down.
Jon has no visibility in the franchise at all. Hell I'd be happy if he showed up a the local MARSH store to sign autographs.
People want to believe in him, people want to accept as fact his injury. But he makes it so damn hard to beleive him because of his isolation & percieved refusal to be part of the team.
Real or perceived is irrelavent about being part of the team because perception becomes reality & for a lot of us Jon just doesn't seem to posses any form of burning desire to be part of this team.
If nothing else good has come from this at least we can say that Jon has made me have a better appreciation for Ron Artest.
Ron's out there busting his @ss everyday while Jon heads back to the big easy for rest.
Does anybody think for a min. that Jermaine O'neal wouldn't do summer league if he was asked to? I can tell you I've seen J.O. at several summer practice sessions with rookies & free agents over the years just wanting to get better.
I've never seen Jon darken the door.