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    O'Neal's frustration boils over


    He is tired of Pacers playing like 'a very average team,' ponders his future

    by Mike Wells

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    DALLAS -- The Indiana Pacers' inconsistency has started to take its toll on their franchise player.

    Forward Jermaine O'Neal spent about 20 minutes inside an empty locker room at the American Airlines Center late Thursday night venting about their 17-16 record.

    "We're a very average team right now," O'Neal said. "We're going to be average until we decide as players that we want to win and do the right things we're supposed to do to win. If we don't do it, we're going to mingle around .500, get in the playoffs and then be out."

    O'Neal's frustrations boiled over after the Pacers squandered an opportunity to end the Dallas Mavericks' 11-game winning streak Thursday. The Pacers played solid for the first three-plus quarters only to "self destruct" in the final few minutes.

    The constant inconsistency has O'Neal thinking about his future with the Pacers. O'Neal, who is averaging a team-high 19.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game, reiterated his comments made to The Star last summer about playing with the team beyond this season.

    "If I can't take this team to another level, I truthfully believe we should go our separate ways at the end of the season," said O'Neal, who added his first choice is to remain with the Pacers. "I'm saying in general, the bottom line is you play to win. If we don't have a system set to win a championship, if we don't have the crew to win a championship, then what are we doing?

    "I'm getting to the point, I'm in my 11th year, I don't want to play 82 games and then exit to watch somebody else pop champagne. . . . I'm tired of that. I want to compete for a championship. If we can't do it, that's a whole (different) story."

    When asked if he has taken his displeasure to CEO Donnie Walsh and team president Larry Bird, O'Neal said, "It's in the best interest of my team and the city not to comment about that. The bottom line is we win and lose as a team and everybody is responsible for it. The coaching staff all the way down to the players."

    Walsh, making one of his few road appearances, said he understands O'Neal's frustration.
    "I think he's played really well and if the time comes for (talking about O'Neal's future), then that will be the time. We'll see," Walsh said. "I don't like to respond to comments after a tough loss like that. We're going through a difficult part of the season. I'm frustrated, the coaches are frustrated on occasion and the team is frustrated."

    The Pacers, who overhauled their roster last summer, have beaten Detroit and Orlando, two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, twice each this season. It's losses to Boston, Toronto, Seattle and Charlotte that have stopped any talk of them being an elite team in the East.
    Tonight, they are at Oklahoma City.

    The Pacers' longest losing streak is only three games. They have failed seven times to win three straight games.

    "We've proven we can go out and beat the best teams in the East. We've also gone out and proven we can lose to the worst teams in the East," O'Neal said. "What's the solution? I don't know what the solution is. It's frustrating."

    The Pacers' rotation has been just as inconsistent as their play on the court. Players are uncertain of their roles on the team. Talk about players having their own personal agenda has started to circulate around the locker room.

    "Before the season started, we met with each one of our players and told them what is to be expected of each one of them," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "We coach them and try to do better. We don't always play great. The thing I'm encouraged about is our effort has been really good. We just have to cut down on mistakes."

    Call Star reporter Mike Wells at (317) 444-6053.

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    And there's the first real warning sign. Can't blame him.
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    The Pacers' rotation has been just as inconsistent as their play on the court. Players are uncertain of their roles on the team. Talk about players having their own personal agenda has started to circulate around the locker room.

    "Before the season started, we met with each one of our players and told them what is to be expected of each one of them," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "We coach them and try to do better. We don't always play great. The thing I'm encouraged about is our effort has been really good. We just have to cut down on mistakes."
    If you want your team to win then the role of your players must be crystalclear IMO. This can not be understated. Sure, if say Quis is having a dream game and scores everything he shoots then lets him shoot, there should always be room for adapting in an individual game. Also I am not saying it must be set in stone how many plays a player get.

    However, it does mean that each player must know what's expected of them in the game and to do when certain situations occur. It also means that we need to get a decently stable rotation. Again, not set in stone, but understandable. And I think adjusting before the game starts to matchups is one of the main things here that creates problems instead of solving them.

    Offcourse, implementing a new system will create more turnovers, but if you constantly keep changing the players around you, so you can't consistantly develop chemistry not too mention that some of our players that play most minutes seem to be quite unsuited to a faster paced style.

    As with regards to certain players having agenda's of their own ... how many of us do not think that's mainly aimed at Jamaal?

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    Stupid Mike Wells, and stupid JO. Fool me once, fool me twice yada yada yada ...

    Why do these guys go to the friggin media instead of going to the their teammates and coaches with their problems?

    I said it last year when this whole Artest thing happened and JO said "him or me" to the media. And then he goes onto to say "if the franchise cant get it done next year, I want out" to the media. What kind of message does that say to his teammates? As dominate as I think JO has been playing this year, this is a shame that this has came out AGAIN! JO has shown time and time again, that he cant lead this team to a championship anyway with comments like this to the media ... starting public drama, like a little kid running to mommy and tattle tailing.

    Part of what he said has to fall back on himself (as the team leader).

    ONCE AGAIN, like I said last year, would REGGIE have said something like this to the media? Hell no! He would have went to his teammates and coaches and expressed what he thought as the team leader!

    With JO playing out of this world right now, I hope they do trade him even though I say this with a heavy Pacer heart.

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    You think JO didn't go with this to the team, the staff or the front office? I think he has.
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    You think JO didn't go with this to the team, the staff or the front office? I think he has.
    Even if he did, so what. What im saying is DONT GO spout of at the mouth to the media. You think his teammates will respect him as a team leader anymore. NO WAY!!!

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    If you want your team to win then the role of your players must be crystalclear IMO. This can not be understated. Sure, if say Quis is having a dream game and scores everything he shoots then lets him shoot, there should always be room for adapting in an individual game. Also I am not saying it must be set in stone how many plays a player get.

    However, it does mean that each player must know what's expected of them in the game and to do when certain situations occur. It also means that we need to get a decently stable rotation. Again, not set in stone, but understandable. And I think adjusting before the game starts to matchups is one of the main things here that creates problems instead of solving them.

    As with regards to certain players having agenda's of their own ... how many of us do not think that's mainly aimed at Jamaal?

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    I didn't think of Jamaal at all, why do you think that? I think if you mean getting into one on one macho contest against opposing point guards, thats immaturity. I thought of Jackson, he still is lax on D if he doesn't get to touch the ball every other times down, and I think if he gets taken out at the end he's all about me. Jax would be so much happier being a go to guy on a bad team, imo.

    As far as rotation. Yep Carlise shoots himself in the foot everytime with this, but I can not blame him, you want to shake it up when guys start to not give effort, so two things you have to be clear on roles, but guys have to be willing to do fill them with vigor. You have to have a coach who challenges these guys mentally, challenge their manhood to get them to fill the roles or have players (Foster) who readily understand what they do and when to do it. I go back to the 2000 team. DD was the enforcer, didn't need a shot. Rik was your low post threat, Mark Jax a pure PG, Mullin 3 point specialist, Reggie... well be Reggie, Jalen was the one guy on that team that I imagine had to be coddled by teammates and coaches, but it was easy, he was the only one and he really was just a role player imo, a scorer.

    In a way, its like training a dog. I think most dogs want to do what you ask them because they want to be part of the "pack", but if you don't clearly and very very simply break it down, they don't know what to do.

    Carlise needs to really just completely settle into an 8 man rotation, but the problem is you have immature players who won't bring it consistently and sacrifice for the good of the whole, see Detroit for the best example of this.

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    I'd like to read between the lines here, if I may.

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    Forward Jermaine O'Neal spent about 20 minutes inside an empty locker room at the American Airlines Center late Thursday night venting about their 17-16 record.
    No. If the locker room was empty, no one would know what O'Neal said or thought. Mike Wells was in the locker room with him. There are those who dislike Mike Wells, and there's no denying that he dislikes the Pacers. But there is a lot to dislike, and I believe Mike has reported this honestly.

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    "We're a very average team right now," O'Neal said. "We're going to be average until we decide as players that we want to win and do the right things we're supposed to do to win. If we don't do it, we're going to mingle around .500, get in the playoffs and then be out."
    This "collective responsibility" attitude has got to stop. Finger-pointing will raise tempers and drive things to a crisis, but it has got to happen. It doesn't have to happen in the newspaper, of course.

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    O'Neal's frustrations boiled over after the Pacers squandered an opportunity to end the Dallas Mavericks' 11-game winning streak Thursday. The Pacers played solid for the first three-plus quarters only to "self destruct" in the final few minutes.
    JO thought the Pacers should have won the game. If you are one of the guys who posted after the game, saying, "It was the Mavs. What do you expect?" then JO disagrees with your assessment. He played a great game, Nowitzki was off, and the Pacers lead most of the game. The Pacers could, should and would have won that game, if the guard play hadn't fallen apart in the last 5 minutes.

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    "If I can't take this team to another level, I truthfully believe we should go our separate ways at the end of the season," said O'Neal, who added his first choice is to remain with the Pacers.
    Here I think Mike Wells is vague. O'Neal said this over the summer. Did he say it again Thursday night, or is Wells digging up the old quote?

    Either way, Jermaine is on honorable ground here.

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    "I'm getting to the point, I'm in my 11th year, I don't want to play 82 games and then exit to watch somebody else pop champagne. . . . I'm tired of that. I want to compete for a championship. If we can't do it, that's a whole (different) story."
    Me, too, JO. I'm in my 47th year, and I feel just the same way.


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    O'Neal said, "The bottom line is we win and lose as a team and everybody is responsible for it. The coaching staff all the way down to the players."
    Everybody shares responsibility. But not equally. I hate reading over and over, "We didn't execute. We've got to do better. We've got off to a slow start." I want people to say, "Tinsley took too many shots." And if, as Jay contends, Tinsley took those shots because Carlisle told him to, then I want them to say, "Carlisle is calling plays badly." And if Carlisle is calling those plays because the players won't execute any better alternative scheme, then I want Carlisle to say, "What the hell else am I supposed to call, when Harrington and Jackson are standing flat foot 30 feet from the basket with a man in front of them, and JO is double teamed and Tinsley is the only person with a shot?" I don't know where it will end, but the air will never be cleared as long as it is "We."

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    The Pacers, who overhauled their roster last summer...
    No they didn't. They tweaked the roster. We knew at the start of th season they hadn't done enough, and it is becoming clearer that the off-season tweaking accomplished nothing but a considerable reduction in the payroll.

    We aren't faster, and we aren't better. And we aren't happier.



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    Talk about players having their own personal agenda has started to circulate around the locker room.
    Hmmm.
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    There are those who dislike Mike Wells, and there's no denying that he dislikes the Pacers.
    Huh?

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    Actually, I don't think Jermaine has really said much of anything to the media other than voicing his own opinion regarding the consistency of the team.

    Jermaine said nothing about the players who are reportedly pursuing their own agendas. Note that nothing dealing with that statement is in quotes.

    If Jermaine really wanted to air their dirty laundry, he could have mentioned names. He didn't.

    The only thing to possibly be worried about is that our best player might do everything he is capable of doing to force a trade following this season. That might result in another fire sale and possibly not getting equal value in return.

    But let's look at Jermaine himself. 19.3/10.6/3.2. His offensive numbers are not a whole lot different than what he has produced when healthy. But the real difference in his game this season seems to be as a defender and shot-blocker.

    But why is that? It's not like he has undergone some sort of epiphany and has suddenly been divinely blessed with additional defensive skills. On the contrary... he has just finally decided that he will put out a full effort on the defensive end.

    On the one hand, that's a great thing. To dedicate one's self to truly become a complete player. On the other hand, it doesn't speak well for the effort and his role as a leader that he has played in his previous seasons.

    I don't think anyone would argue that Jermaine has got to become a better leader. I've been mixed on whether he should go or stay, but I would have to admit that he is giving everything he's got right now. But a leader makes those around him better, and he finds ways, either through example, or by chewing butt if necessary, to make those around him better. A true leader typically has teammates that don't want to let him down... they give effort and they "play the right way" (because the leader demands it).

    Is it possble that Jermaine's teammates, either because of his own past effort, or even a lack of personal respect for him, have shut him out as much sa they seem to have shut out Rick?

    Jermaine's interview was either meant as a whining tirade or it was an attempt to motivate his teammates. I guess we will see which it was over the course of the next few weeks.

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    I didn't think of Jamaal at all, why do you think that? I think if you mean getting into one on one macho contest against opposing point guards, thats immaturity.
    Ok, let's see...

    "Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal, clearly frustrated by the Pacers' up-and-down play in a 17-16 start, went on to reveal that he badly wants to stay a Pacer, telling Reggie Miller recently that he doesn't want to leave until he wins the championship that eluded Miller's Pacers, but O'Neal also disclosed that he has an agreement with management to "talk at the end of the season" and determine if a change is best for both parties.

    O'Neal, on this scorecard, looks like the least of Indiana's problems, playing the best defense of his life. Inconsistent play at the point, as referenced in Box 1, remains the Pacers' foremost trouble spot. Yet O'Neal acknowledges that he's "going to take the blame" for any struggles and "rightfully so."


    link: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/dailyd...dime-070106-07
    (right block of the page where there's a part about JO and his comments)

    here's the box 1 on the same page that he refers to in the above part:

    "We've had a lot of games this year where we've controlled the game all the way up until the fourth and then lose our damn mind. Why? ... We get up 10 points and we just go ballistic. Sit down and get some tape. Every time we hit a 10-point margin, we go ballistic. I can't understand it for the life of me."

    Jamaal Tinsley's decision-making, I'd say, has something to do with it"



    And "immaturity"? Why immaturity? Jamaal has been in the league since 2001, he's in his fith year now, and is 28 (almost 29) years old. I don't accept that. IF he's still iommature now then he's a major problem when he's starting for us.

    It's not only the one-on-one crap, it's the number of shots he has taken too:

    "Tinsley has shot 37-of-116 (.319) from the field in the last eight"

    link: http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/preview_070106.html

    That's an average of 14.5 shots per game, while he's probably the worst shooter on our starting squad he still manages to take the third most shots on the team. He's easily taken the second most shots in the last 8 games, Al's not close.

    I think his 0-9 shooting, 18 shots in total for the game (one more then Nowitzky and equal to the number of shots our number one option, JO, took) against the Mavericks, his one-on-one BS and his bad decision-making and turnovers cost us the game in the 4th. Did I mention his direct opponent shot 8-10 (80%!!!) and got 24 points in total. And howabout against the Bobcats when Tins direct opponent, Raymond Felton, had 19 (!!!) assists. A career high.

    And then there's the high amount of TO's versus the average amount of assists, the bad decision-making (immaturity too?).

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    So he has his own agenda, which was who you said you thought of with that comment, because JO said the Pacers implode after getting up by 10, JO is consulting Reggie about his future, he doesn't shoot a high percentage, and he has a bad assist to t/o ratio.

    As far a immaturity, maybe there is another word for it, its the response when you get cut off in traffic and want to ride the guys bumper in front of you, its feeling disrespected and then trying to get the person back to let them know you aren't their beotch. When in Tinsleys case he needs to make the right play whether his pride is hurt or not.

    Two things, 1.) where does JT rank in for PGs with the Assist to T/O. 2.) what is his agenda, specifically?

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    Wait, the Assist to T/O ratio is 32 in the league for all players who have qualified. 31 for all guards, Nba.COM doesn't allow to sort, just PGs. He's sandwiched right between Tony Parker, Jarrett Jack, and Luke Ridnour and Mike Bibby.

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    Jamaal Tinsley's decision-making, I'd say, has something to do with it"[/b]
    Are you suggesting that this is a quote from O'neal, because the article is not written this way. This seems to be Stein's remarks.

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    Wait, the Assist to T/O ratio is 32 in the league for all players who have qualified. 31 for all guards, Nba.COM doesn't allow to sort, just PGs. He's sandwiched right between Tony Parker, Jarrett Jack, and Luke Ridnour and Mike Bibby.
    Don't throw incorrect numbers out here, there's enough nonsense floating around without having to add to it with wrong data.



    Tins is 16th in Ast/game of all guards.
    Tins is 10th in Ast/48 min

    When cleaned (i.e. take out everone with less then 150 Ast) then he is 19th
    he's 31st in Turnovers/game
    he's 12th in total Ast dished out

    DA (with 52 total Ast) is 3.08 and Sara (98) is 1.88
    Parker (Tony) 2.00
    Del West 2.17
    TJ Ford 2.37
    Maurice Williamsn 2.26

    As for 0 for 9 in the second half (last Q) against the Mavs: I suggest you watch some tape, I know a ball bouncing on the rim 5 times and out is a miss, but outside of "results" (0-9) you may want to judge by looking at "Bad" or Good" shots and if you are saying he "forced" the issue, then please tell me who was ready to take the ball?

    Finally; All plays in the last Q were called by Rick, including an out of bounds by Jax which Granger completely missed the catch, and Al missing the cathing of 2 passes which were not difficult to catch.

    I'm not saying Tins played well, au contraire, but he doesn't deserve the stick he's getting here and is one of the last to have his own agenda, or it must be that he wants to play 82 games.

    Look at how Al is playing, and Jax jawing at Rick and tell me more.

    Why did Sara play so little ? in 1 minute and 13 seconds he was -4 and burned 3 times on defense.

    Yes Tins' shooting was horrible (unlucky?) in the 4th, but if he was 0-9 and his total is 6-18 he was 6-9 until then, did you consider that as well ?
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    I am just so glad we "cleaned up our acts" and got rid of the "problem children" over the off-season by trading AJ and Croshere.

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    The Pacers' rotation has been just as inconsistent as their play on the court. Players are uncertain of their roles on the team. Talk about players having their own personal agenda has started to circulate around the locker room.

    While the rest of the article wasn't really interesting to me. The part I quoted is and has me very concerned. If the team fractures then the season will fall apart quickly.

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    I have to say I am happy that this is happening or should I say being reported in the papers and media. JO is trying to light a fire under some a****. He is right when he mentions being average and getting into the playoffs and then being out. Also the part about watching other teams pop the champagne.

    Someone needs to do something about this teams current state. We are much better than our record. Even with the crazy schedule we have, we should have won at least 20 games by now.

    JO is playing very well now. He is playing like someone who wants to win, someone who is being payed 16-18 million a year to play. The rest of this team is not playing consistantly and is certainly not playing for a championship. Why? That is the question... The answer I believe is a combination of players that don't fit together, maturity, and basketball IQ.
    Coaching is certainly a factor, but remains secondary to the player problems.

    So this team can either wait, ride out this seasons, ses what happens. Which all of us know, will be one and done. Or we can make a trade and try to win now. I really think this trade part is the way to go. It is taking a chance, but it is better than what we are currently seeing. The problem with making a trade is bad/long contracts and history with certain players.

    I only hope something happens soon. I keep trying to get behind this team and be excited for the games and the players, but the continuing up and down drains you. You feel exhausted from it.

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    And "immaturity"? Why immaturity? Jamaal has been in the league since 2001, he's in his fith year now, and is 28 (almost 29) years old. I don't accept that. IF he's still iommature now then he's a major problem when he's starting for us.
    Mourning, this post isn't really directed at you, but rather is more of a general statement, using your post as a trigger foy my thoughts. I rarely post, so take this as my stance on all things Pacers thus far.

    I don't think it necessarily matters how old a player is or how many seasons they have under their belt. Maturity comes at different rates for different players. In fact when Reggie Miller was Tinsley's age he had yet to win a playoff series and was not far removed from childishly kicking a ball into the stands or taking a bow at center court of Chicago stadium (only to have the Bulls hit a shot at the buzzer to win).

    I'm not trying to be a Tinsley apologist here or compare him directly to Miller (except to illustrate that immaturity is a human trait), but I do think there is plenty of evidence of his immaturity, as can be said for others in the Pacer locker room. However, I also think there is plently of evidence to suggest that players can mature and realize the maximum from their set of talent(s). I don't know where Tinsley really is in this process. I hope he is closer to realization than he sometimes demonstrates, but I think few players are hopeless in this regard and that it really is a matter of time more than anything else.

    I also don't put much stock in what is printed or said, especially out of frustration. Everytime I hear fans making much ado about statements or bench behavior I tend to roll my eyes. I think these types of things happen so much through the league and are mostly unreported and irrelevant, but occassionally things are said and reported at poignant times, and we just take them and run without having any contextual appreciation.

    Last Saturday many fans thought the Pacers had turned the corner. Now they're destined to be .500 for the next three years. I suggest that everyone not take every moment to its extreme. The funny thing is that Stein's blurb actually begins in a subtly positive way, suggesting that the Pacers are a sleeper, i.e. a potentially dangerous team that has survived a notably difficult schedule while remaining within striking distance of every team in the East. But the entire focus of the fans is on what JO said out of frustration, compunded by simple innuendo from Wells.

    My optimism at this point stems from exactly what Stein asserts about the Pacers being a sleeper. JO has never looked better, both in his play and focus, and frankly I think we have yet to see the best from any other Pacer not named O'neal and Foster.

    There is still reason for hope, despite even what happens this evening against NO/OKA.

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    Where are all the national "throwing the team under the bus" articles as have been and would be written about Peyton Manning?
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    In fact when Reggie Miller was Tinsley's age he had yet to win a playoff series and was not far removed from childishly kicking a ball into the stands or taking a bow at center court of Chicago stadium (only to have the Bulls hit a shot at the buzzer to win).
    Lest someone should jump on this remark as untrue, I should have said that Miller's playoff success did not occur until about Tinsley's current age, instead of he had yet to do so. My only point is that we remember Miller for all of his playoff success, but it did not begin to happen until he was aproaching 29 years of age.

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    Where are all the national "throwing the team under the bus" articles as have been and would be written about Peyton Manning?

    I don't think anyone is being thrown under the bus. This is something that should happen. He is the team leader or so they say. Sometimes the team leader must call out others on the team, he is getting payed enough $. The only part I am a little wierd about is the moving on part of his statement. But this also should probably be stated as well. The current team situation must change.

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    I don't think anyone is being thrown under the bus. This is something that should happen. He is the team leader or so they say. Sometimes the team leader must call out others on the team, he is getting payed enough $. The only part I am a little wierd about is the moving on part of his statement. But this also should probably be stated as well. The current team situation must change.
    This is EXACTLY the same kind of thing as with Manning after last year's playoffs.

    BTW - can you imagine the FU's that must be flowing from the mouths of Tins and Jack.
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    If JO thought he could bring a championship to Indiana this year, he's a bigger fool and has a bigger ego than I ever imagined.
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    Mourning, this post isn't really directed at you, but rather is more of a general statement, using your post as a trigger foy my thoughts. I rarely post, so take this as my stance on all things Pacers thus far.

    I don't think it necessarily matters how old a player is or how many seasons they have under their belt. Maturity comes at different rates for different players. In fact when Reggie Miller was Tinsley's age he had yet to win a playoff series and was not far removed from childishly kicking a ball into the stands or taking a bow at center court of Chicago stadium (only to have the Bulls hit a shot at the buzzer to win).

    I'm not trying to be a Tinsley apologist here or compare him directly to Miller (except to illustrate that immaturity is a human trait), but I do think there is plenty of evidence of his immaturity, as can be said for others in the Pacer locker room. However, I also think there is plently of evidence to suggest that players can mature and realize the maximum from their set of talent(s). I don't know where Tinsley really is in this process. I hope he is closer to realization than he sometimes demonstrates, but I think few players are hopeless in this regard and that it really is a matter of time more than anything else.

    I also don't put much stock in what is printed or said, especially out of frustration. Everytime I hear fans making much ado about statements or bench behavior I tend to roll my eyes. I think these types of things happen so much through the league and are mostly unreported and irrelevant, but occassionally things are said and reported at poignant times, and we just take them and run without having any contextual appreciation.

    Last Saturday many fans thought the Pacers had turned the corner. Now they're destined to be .500 for the next three years. I suggest that everyone not take every moment to its extreme. The funny thing is that Stein's blurb actually begins in a subtly positive way, suggesting that the Pacers are a sleeper, i.e. a potentially dangerous team that has survived a notably difficult schedule while remaining within striking distance of every team in the East. But the entire focus of the fans is on what JO said out of frustration, compunded by simple innuendo from Wells.

    My optimism at this point stems from exactly what Stein asserts about the Pacers being a sleeper. JO has never looked better, both in his play and focus, and frankly I think we have yet to see the best from any other Pacer not named O'neal and Foster.

    There is still reason for hope, despite even what happens this evening against NO/OKA.
    I would encourage you to post more. Level-headed, well written messages are a commodity that we could always use more of. I concur with a majority of your points, and look forward to what Rick throws at a depleted Hornets squad. Well... and a Colts victory.

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