The Pacers do not enjoy the offensive system Carlisle runs. I know for the most part, they love Carlisle as their coach and you can't throw too much criticism towards a guy thats done as good of a job as he has, but its obvious to me that the guys simply don't "enjoy" playing right now.
Here's what I've learned in business and I whole-heartedly think that this holds true in the world of sports as well:
1. You have to have talented people working for and with you.
2. You have to have "buy-in" from those same talented people.
3. When those same people have ideas of their own, at times you have to try them even if the way you do things is working very well.
Right now I think Carlisle has a significant amount of talent available to him. I also think that, other than Ron, the team buys into his concepts, especially on defense.
The problem is that I don't think he's "given" enough on the offensive end to make the players feel like they have some ownership and responsibility for the offense. There's a big difference between, "doing what the coach says and its working" and "We're really clicking on offense right now."
There's going to have to be some give and take on this team, especially if others aren't involved in the Artest deal. To get the most out of guys like Tinsley and Jackson, Rick has to open things up. He has to trust that they can clamp down on defense without slowing down the game offensively on EVERY possession.
There's no doubt that Ron's been a HUGE problem for the Pacers, not only this year, not only last year, but since day one. But thats not the only problem right now and Rick needs to recognize that before this team has to scrap everything and rebuild.