I had a post I wanted to make yesterday but due to the fact I went to the race and the timing involved it didn't happen. It was going to be a "Why We'll Win-Why We'll Lose" thread with counterpoint back and forth.
On of the subjects in the "Why We'll Lose" part was going to be Reggie Miller having a good game 4 and his history of late has been to follow good games with bad ones. As a matter of fact, this season his history has been to follow good games with several bad ones of varying degrees. So he was due for a bad game when we needed a good game from him.
So on that road I think I'll mention some things that probably need to be considered. I think we all know what Reggie has meant to this franchise but I am looking to the future now. These will be a bit disjointed but I am in a hurry right now.
Myself and a few other posters have mentioned that Reggie's good games would be fewer and farther between at this point in his career. I think that has proven true. We've reached a point where not only are the good games fewer and fewer but he is playing some stinkers.
Historically, Reggie Miller has had big games where he decided to disappear in the past. That is probably the one thing that has put some doubt into whether he's a sure-fire HOFer (that and the lack of an NBA title).
Another theme of a few (Hello FTC) has been that this group of Pacers will never be able to cut the umbilical cord until Reggie is gone. They will always be looking to Uncle Reg to bail them out... or (IMO) afraid of messing up the game themselves and worrying about Uncle Reg.
Is Reggie still the best shooting guard on this team? Is he getting legacy starts? Last year in Walsh's post mortem he talked of how this team wasn't put together well. We're pretty much the same core team as then. That makes me wonder about this:
Reggie's contract. Everyone talks about Reggie's loyalty to the franchise. Well, the franchise has been pretty loyal to Reggie as well. I think that you can find around 6 million reasons they were loyal to him this past season... and next season as well... and optionally for even another season. In the cold cruel world of business I doubt Reggie should've gotten that contract. I can't wholly fault the organization for giving it to him tho... especially if he or his agent made it clear he wanted that. OTOH, I can fault Reggie for not simply asking for the vet minimum. Of course that is assuming that management would then use the rest of that money to solidify this team with a solid scorer.
So, I'm not surprised that Reggie started last night... or even got more minutes than he likely deserved based on his play. I'm not surprised that he had a bad game when we needed him. Even Super Reg did that to us at times.... and Uncle Reg does it more and more. Perhaps this team's failure to address the SG spot with a vet FA was out of loyalty to Reggie... Why create a 'quarterback controversy'?.... Especially knowing Reg would get legacy starts. I'm not saying anyone has etched it in stone that Reggie must start... but I have to wonder who in the whole organization has the balls to even suggest limiting Reggie to coming off the bench? I think only Reggie has that power.
We need a scorer like Rip Hamilton who is showing up EVERY game. I have to wonder if Reggie wasn't so in love with the 3 ball if he couldn't have shown up for a few more games in his career... and especially now that the arms and legs have to be just a little bit less than desired.
Oh well... We have one interesting game Tuesday night.
Tayshaun's block of Reggie is looming bigger and bigger. Perhaps that was an omen... or a wakeup call to us all (management, team and fans)? ...We can no longer count on Reggie Miller to score our points....