After the party I thought about the many questions I had typed on paper that I left on my kitchen sink so therefor forgot to ask.
I'm going to compare the current team to the 90's team again so if you don't want to go down this road stop reading right here.
What really was the differance between the two teams? Better coaching? More talent? Veteran leadership?
Yes, a little of all of the above is true, but I have come to the conclusion that the one thing that seperates the current group of players from the older team is basketball I.Q.
I just don't think player by player our basketball I.Q.'s are that good, in fact on some of our players I think they are very low.
Any player on the starting five of the Pacers from 95 to 00 had either an above average or even excellent knowledge of the game for the positions they played.
Reggie, Dale, Mark & Derrick had exceptional basketball I.Q's & Rik had an above average one.
Travis, Jalen & Tony were all average.
That accounts for 8 main stay members of the team. Mullin knowledge of the game was without a doubt masterfull, so that gives you another player.
Kenny Williams had a low basketball I.Q. & so did Woody (however Woody made up for it in shear determination)
What I want every body to do is give each player a grade on where you think thier basketball knowledge is.
Now remember basketball knowledge does not mean athleticism. Example Jon Bender would have recieved an A+ for his athleticism but I would have given him an F for his knowledge of the game (at least for the first 3 years).
We are going to base thier knowledge on how often they make mental mistakes, miss plays, get caught up in the moment & forget to follow the plan, etc., etc.
A - Oustanding knowledge of the game (a Master if you will)
B - Above average knowledge of the game
c - just an average knowledge of the game
d - below average knowledge of the game
f - They don't have a clue
Right off the bat I will tell you that IMO, we don't have any A's & we don't have any F's.
There are times when a couple of them get close to both, but I think it's somewhere in between.
I'll let you guys start.