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    October 3, 2007


    Bob Kravitz
    Can you believe it? Now he's giving Pacers another chance

    I'm giving the Indiana Pacers a do-over.


    A mulligan.

    A second (or is it fifth?) chance to make a good impression.

    The area's fans, who have gone from love to hate to utter ambivalence in recent years, can approach the brand, spanking new 2007-08 season any way they wish. After all, it costs them money to attend games. For me, it's free.

    I'm going to be like the murderous Cambodian dictator Pol Pot, who declared that he was turning back the official calendar and declaring it to be the Year Zero. I am not comparing myself to the Khmer Rouge leader, by the way. That guy couldn't make deadline if his life depended on it.
    Everybody gets a free pass, a get-out-of-jail card, which really could have come in handy a number of times in recent seasons.

    Larry Bird. This is Bird's rookie year in management. Yes, he was involved in all the front-office moves previous to this season; it's not like he was just standing around, getting Donnie Walsh's coffee while the team's CEO was extending the contract of Jamaal Tinsley and giving away Al Harrington. But until now, it wasn't his team, and already he has shown a willingness to drop the hammer, suspending Shawne Williams and then fining him for missing his court date.

    Sure, we all would have loved to have seen a seismic trade this summer, but as long as the Los Angeles Lakers were unwilling to part with young center Andrew Bynum, there weren't any deals that made sense.

    Jim O'Brien. He doesn't need a do-over because he's starting anew. I'll admit, when he was named coach, my first (and second and third) reaction was, "Huh? Is that the same O'Brien who got run out of Ohio State?'' He wasn't, and he also wasn't on anybody's media radar.

    But O'Brien already has impressed players and media types as a straight shooter and a solid basketball mind. He wants to run. He wants to spread the floor. He wants to shoot more 3-pointers.

    The players, in particular, love that the offense won't be quite so structured and Rick Carlisle won't be on the sideline calling out every play.
    Perhaps the best move was O'Brien bringing Dick Harter back to Indy with him to improve that terrible defense.

    Jermaine O'Neal. Look, I'm not naive. O'Neal might have been quoted out of context out in Los Angeles, but everybody knows he has one foot out the door, and if the season goes in the dumper, his gaze will turn westward. Some of his quotes about Bird, whom he mistrusts deeply, were simply too on-the-mark to be spun out of whole cloth by a misguided journalist.

    The way I see it, J.O. is out of excuses. There's no more Ron Artest or Stephen Jackson. There's no more Harrington, whom he got along with beautifully off the court, but was mismatched with on the court. There's no more Carlisle, yelling out plays. There's no more Brawl fallout, even if J.O. said Monday he still thinks officials are penalizing the Pacers for their role in the Malice at the Palace.

    Yeah, it would be nice if the Pacers could get a big man to play alongside him (hello, David Harrison), but it hasn't happened yet and may never happen.

    Jamaal Tinsley. This is a tough one for me.

    Every year about this time, somebody says that Tinsley is in wonderful shape and is ready to attack the regular season with a new fervor. And every year, he reverts back to form. If Isiah Thomas couldn't motivate him beyond that first half-season of his rookie year, why will O'Brien?

    I'm told O'Brien's style is far more conducive to meshing with Tinsley's strengths, and the new coach is thrilled about the prospect of coaching Tinsley.

    Be careful what you wish for.

    The Golden State guys. When Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy and Ike Diogu got here last year, they were thrust into a very structured offense. It took a lot of practicing, a lot of drilling and studying to make the transition to Carlisle's style of play. Their unfamiliarity with the Pacers' offense showed. The team went 6-23 after the deal.

    On the flip side, Jackson and Harrington went to a Golden State team that featured a free-flowing, defense-optional style. Shoot first, ask questions later. No wonder Jackson was in heaven.

    This time, the Golden State Three get to play in a system that would appear, at least from a distance, that's slightly more suited to their talents. And, most important, they get to learn the O'Brien way at the same time as all the other Pacers.

    So there it is: After five years of on- and off-court madness, I'm ready and willing to give the Pacers a tabula rasa, a clean slate. It's the least I can do. Whether the fans will be willing to extend that courtesy after so many embarrassing incidents, that's up to them.


    Bob Kravitz is a columnist for The Indianapolis Star. Call him at (317) 444-6643 or e-mail bob.kravitz@indystar.com.

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    Thanks for the post, PT.

    Even Kravitz is fatigued.
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    “People talk about how quiet he [McKey] is, but he’s really been helpful. He gives a lot of insight to players in how to guard certain teams and what their weaknesses are. The whole team listens to him, and it makes my job a lot easier. Having players like him is what pro basketball is all about for me.” —Larry Brown

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    I love how Carlisle calling out plays has become not just something bad, very bad, but now it has become something downright evil

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    I lover how Donnie has gone from a master to an idiot in order to prop up Larry Bird.

    Hey Bob extending Jamaal was not bad keeping Rick Carlisle as coach and extending Jamaal was bad. You keep one or the other not both they were oil and water. Personally I am happy the RC era is over.

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    I love how Carlisle calling out plays has become not just something bad, very bad, but now it has become something downright evil
    It always was.

    Control-freaks should coach the college game, not the NBA game.

    Rick prepared great gameplans, but he didn't prepare, or he didn't trust his players to go out and execute. That doesn't work in the pros.
    Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
    Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
    Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
    Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
    And life itself, rushing over me
    Life itself, the wind in black elms,
    Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you


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    If they ever insitute a Pulitzer Prize for "Least Expected And/Or Relevant Khmer Rouge Reference in a Sports Article" Kravitz has it wrapped up.

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    A few losses or maybe a questionable act by a player and will be right back at it again, dredging up the last four years of problems to try to prove his point. Mulligan my ***.

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    I agree. I think our team will get in the playoffs and survive round 1. We'll surprise some people as long as we stay healthy. Still crossing my fingers for a blockbuster trade that works to our favor.

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    If they ever insitute a Pulitzer Prize for "Least Expected And/Or Relevant Khmer Rouge Reference in a Sports Article" Kravitz has it wrapped up.
    Yeah, that was a little off-putting, no?

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    Even though I support the Pacers, after numerous, numerous times of giving them a pass - ain't gonna happen for a while with me. Nobody gets a pass until they've earned it.
    The best exercise of the human heart is reaching down and picking someone else up.

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    If they ever insitute a Pulitzer Prize for "Least Expected And/Or Relevant Khmer Rouge Reference in a Sports Article" Kravitz has it wrapped up.
    In context--in fact within the same paragraph--Kravitz is implying that Pol Pot should get a free pass and released from punishment.

    For future reference, we should all hang on to Kravitz own comparison of himself to one of history's greatest perpetrator's of genocide.
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    “People talk about how quiet he [McKey] is, but he’s really been helpful. He gives a lot of insight to players in how to guard certain teams and what their weaknesses are. The whole team listens to him, and it makes my job a lot easier. Having players like him is what pro basketball is all about for me.” —Larry Brown

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    I lover how Donnie has gone from a master to an idiot in order to prop up Larry Bird.

    Hey Bob extending Jamaal was not bad keeping Rick Carlisle as coach and extending Jamaal was bad. You keep one or the other not both they were oil and water. Personally I am happy the RC era is over.
    I think you read it incorrectly. Kravitz is saying that Bird wasn't idle while Walsh made all those moves. He's saying that Bird had a hand in those moves as well.

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