Bird has made a couple of comments that made me go "Hmmmmmm". One was just prior to Artest going Artest when he said something like "Ronnie feels he should be able to make a mistake or two on offense without worrying about the bench and I think he's right".
The other was when he talked about wanting to see the Pacers play more of a Euro style game.
He even went out and got a Euro style player (Sarunas). It should be pretty clear by now that Carlisle isn't going to play a Euro style game as long as JO is on the team (and I would assume that would be true of any 'franchise' player we'd put on the team). A tiger goes tiger... Artest goes Artest.... Carlisle coaches Carlisle...
And we know Bird has commented about his 3 year rule. At one point many of us thought that would come back to haunt him with his pal Carlisle coaching the team and doing so well, but then at one point we were talking championship and now we're arguing over rebuilding.
Answer this however you feel but I'd like to at least hear these points addressed:
Yes, he'll be back but shouldn't.
No, he won't be back but should.
Yes, he'll be back and we should be glad about that.
No, he won't be back and that is a good thing.
Is there another camp that needs addressed? Does anyone feel he should get next season on a short leash with either the season (or only a portion) to do something differently? Isn't Carlisle on a 4 yr contract so don't we need to be making a decision in the next few months or are you fine with a 'lame duck' contract?
I've been curious about this ever since I read Bird's comments.