Two days ago, a Pacers team hurt by injuries visited Washington and walked away with a great victory. The only pointguard on the team, Jasikevicius, was awarded with the game MVP award for his outstanding play including some awsome passes and an extremely good statline. He stepped it up and showed how good he is when getting the chance to play, to start. Of course he didn't start because this coach wanted to give him a chance; Carlisle does not give Jasikevicius any chances, but tries to keep him down and small. He started because the two other guards where both not available. However, in such a bad environment for a player, he played extremely well. The whole season Jasikevicius has been put down by the coach, Carlisle. Every mistake by Jasikevicius results in a timeout and often a substitution. Other players on the team make mistakes that are lots worse or a lot more frequent without this reaction by the coach. When Johnson played terribly, he still always got the coach's trust and was sooner or later able to show confidence and play solid again.
Jasikevicius is not given any credit by this coach, no trust, and no chance to grow.
Today this peaked. After the great game two days ago, the reward are 12 minutes behind a Johnson who shoots 2/9, terrible. What is the coach trying to do, what is he communicating to Sarunas and to the rest of the team? Of course he can not be the teamleader that he really is when the coach denies him every possibility to take over, and does this after he used his chance in such a good way. A trade feels more and more probable. It's a trade I am hoping for. This is not what this player deserves. A player who has owned american national team with Kidd, Iverson at Olympic games, at World championships. A player that won 3 straight Euroleague titles, and was heavily hunted by several NBA teams at the age of 28 after playing his career in Europe.
This coach does not seek Sarunas qualities as a teamleader, as a winner that he has proven. He puts him down, tries to make him a small player that shoots 2 threepointers per game. Jasikevicius is not a shooter, but a playmaker. His shot is just something he does pretty good.
Lots of teams are going to like a Jasikevicius trade. I really doubt the Pacers management would do that, but it is clear Jasikevicius gets treaten in an extremely bad way and denied the possibility to play the game his way. It is enough now, no more disrespect, no more scandalous coaching. Free Jasikevicius.