The only thing I'm a little leery about is O'Brien's insistance on shooting threes, but I guess i can live with that if they play defense as I fully expect them to. But I especially don't like the step back three.
Another minor thing that caught my attention was at the very end of the article. Ob says the power forward and small forward are basically interchangible - two thoughts immedietely come to mind.
1) that is very different from Carlisle, in his system the small forward and shooting guard were interchangible
2) Jeff won't be playing any power forward this season.
I expect to see Murphy, Granger and Shawne playing power forward with Jeff, Ike and JO being the center. Small ball in other words
Pacers rookie And free agent camp
Williams staying busy in offseason
By Mike Wells
July 6, 2007
It's been more like summer school for Indiana Pacers second-year forward Shawne Williams, who has had just two weeks off since the season ended almost three months ago.
Williams has made Conseco Fieldhouse his second home as he tries to build on an impressive ending to his rookie season.
Williams worked out with the Pacers coaching staff four days a week before rookie/free agent camp opened Thursday.
He spent the first part of the offseason with former coach Rick Carlisle's staff and team president Larry Bird.
Bird didn't waste words in his assessment.
"Larry made me shoot 100 free throws and told me not to think about shooting 3s," Williams said.
Things changed once Jim O'Brien was named coach in late May.
During their first day of workouts, O'Brien had Williams spot up and shoot 3-pointers.
"It wasn't pretty at first," Williams said, laughing. "I hadn't shot a 3 in four weeks. I was shooting air balls and overshooting the rim."
O'Brien expects the 3-pointer to be part of Williams' repertoire. He has had Williams, who shot 37 percent on 3-pointers last season, and Danny Granger concentrating on 3-point shooting in individual workouts.
The coach stopped a drill in practice Thursday after Williams shot a jumper just inside the 3-point line.
"He wants us to shoot the 3 and if we're that close to the line, we should take a step back and get the three points," Williams said.
Williams has noticed other differences between the two coaches.
O'Brien has a hands-on approach, spending a lot of time teaching and drilling instructions into the players' heads.
"He's not a screamer in practice," Williams said. "His voice is just loud and it carries. Rick was more laid back."
Williams spent the majority of the first half of his rookie season on the inactive list. He had one double-digit scoring game through the end of the March, when his playing time increased as the Pacers struggled down the stretch.
Williams played double-figure minutes in the final 11 games he appeared in. That stretch showed why Bird was so high on him in last year's draft. He had a career-high 19 points against New Jersey and played within the system.
"Last season helped my confidence, but that's an old season and I've got to do something this season to build my confidence back up," Williams said.
O'Brien said Williams, who played both forward positions before switching primarily to small forward last season, will be counted on in a variety of ways.
"All of our guys, preferably, will be able to face up," O'Brien said. "Everybody has to be multifaceted, so I would not really get caught up on the numbers. Our (small forwards) and (power forwards) are going to be asked to shoot 3s and handle the ball up top. They are interchangeable."