David Harrison SLAMonline Diary
SLAM Magazine has been running Rookie Diaries and High School Diaries over the years, and now, exclusively for the web weíre bringing you more player diaries. The first ever slamonline diary entry comes from David Harrison of the Indiana Pacers. Take it away, DavidÖ
This seasonís been a roller coaster for me personally. Youíre in the lineup, youíre out of the lineup. Itís been hard to find consistency. I kind of learned Iím gonna get my opportunities, and when I get them Iíve got to make the best of it. I think weíre underachieving, personally. Weíre gonna seed ourselves in a good spot for the playoffs if we finish the season off strong. We can be the 5th seed, we pretty much have the 6 locked down, though Washington is right behind us. Weíve got the same team back besides Reggie. I donít care who we play in the playoffs. Honestly I really donít. I think weíre a hard match-up for almost any team. A healthy Indiana Pacers is a really straight team, and weíre getting healthier every day. Jamaal is probably one of the most underrated point guards in the league when heís healthy. And then you have our bench. Our bench has won probably more games than our starters have this year. Weíre a really deep team and I think weíre a scary match-up for almost anybody.
Before we got Peja, you had people afraid they were getting traded. So much uncertainty on the team. And Ronnie averaged like 26 a game, you know? And his defense. Itís hard to replace that. Getting Peja was a huge step in the right direction for our team. But itís funny, cause now you know youíre not gonna get the ball. But heís such a great player, and he can score in bunches. I love setting screens for him, cause he gets me open too. Itís kind of like playing with Reggie a little bit.
I went from Colorado and that whole scandal thing happened my last year there, and then I go to the Pacers, and in my first year thereís a fight. And then we have the whole Ron Artest incident this year. Honestly last year I thought it couldnít get any crazier, and it did! So Iím kind of scared about whatís gonna happen next year. The fight was about the 10th game of the year last year. My welcome to the NBA moment came the game where they suspended everybody. We were playing Orlando, and we ended up with so many people hurt, we had six people available to play. You have to dress eight, so we had Scot Pollard with a back injury, and he couldnít even move. He wasnít even warming up. We had somebody else dress up. I think I played 44 minutes that night. I never played that much in my life. Honestly I want to get a camera and have our team become like a sitcom or a reality show. Itís taken our team a long time to get a cohesive unit together. And when we do, somebody either comes back from injury or goes down with an inury. Itís been a frustrating couple of years for this franchise, and weíre just out there trying to play hard and win games. We have 17 games left, and I just wanna find my spot on this team. Iím a rhythm player, and I love Jermaine being back cause weíre a better team, but it was easy for me personally to play when I could play in streaks, like 8 minutes at a time. But now itís a struggle. One thing I notice I didnít do last year was I didnít change the game at all. I maintained it. I think if I can just offer energy out there, it can help our team win.
Off the court Iím trying to settle my life down, coming from college to the NBA in my first year not playing a lot to now, where theyíre actually depending on me. Iím trying not to go out every night. Itís hard, cause you develop a routine of going out, but Iím trying to look towards the future, take care of my body and my career. I live with one of my friends from college and my older sister in a house. On a day off Iíll go and work out, cause Iíll go out the night before a day off.
I just got the XBOX 360 and Iím really really glad Iím not in college with that, cause Iíd fail out of school. Itís impossible to turn that thing off sometimes. I just got The Godfather game. You can choke people out and the way you control the guy, he can do anything. If you wanna throw a guy against the wall, you can drag a dude and throw him against the wall. Itís amazing. If I was still in school I wouldnít be in class at all.