What's the solution when JO returns?
The Pacer's color-man for TV broadcasts Quinn Buckner had this to say during the Portland game. [QUOTE] . . . this team has been playing a different style of basketball. (without JO) Jermaine has a tough time a little bit emotionally because he upsets it. That's a quality young man who gives you a double, double, worried about upsetting his teams offense.
So lets discuss a solution. And NO trade JO solutions, we already have enough trade JO threads. Lets discuss what happens WHEN JO comes back. What should Carlisle do to minimize any disruption? And what should happen if there is a notable disruption?
One thought is Peja changes things, and JO will fit in well with this offense.
The counter argument to that is this is much the same offense run last year during the suspensions. The only difference being Peja is taking Reggie's spot as a shooter. Hence JO will again change things, even unwillingly.
However, a counter argument to that is, Reggie was deferring to much and always dumping the ball into JO. Peja will instead move the ball because that's what he's used to. This by the way is what I hope happens.
However I've a thought. Right now the starters are,
Its usually Carlisle's style when a player comes back to work them in gradually so JO could be coming off the bench as part of this unit.
If thats the case why not just keep JO with this group and alternate starting units in such a way that teams will have no idea which unit to prepare for.
Each unit would sub for each other as a whole. When someone in either unit gets in foul trouble, sub Tins or Croshere, or whoever the odd men out are.
1] The benefits are everyone would know where they fit into the team.
2] Everyone would play, which would make for a happy team.
3] The Pacers would be a nightmare to prepare for.
4] Each unit could thus play a different style.
5] Minutes would depend on a unit's effectiveness. Which of course would change from night to night.
I guess the only thing I'm really advocating here is playing five man units and subbing them together. Thus each unit could have a different style, and thus JO wouldn't be a disruption.