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    Two years ago in the playoffs, Reggie was putting up 40 point games against Philly as the young guys stood around and we were flushed from the playoffs in the first round. Last season, he struggled and we blamed it on his foot injury that demanded surgery the off season. This year? I dunno. I"ve had friends tell me that they believe Reggie deliberately has deferred to other people, that he realized from the Philly series that he himself could not carry the team anymore and that when he we lighting it up, everyone else stood around.

    I sort of buy into that. But in this playoff series, his performance was pretty disappointing to me. It's clear that Reggie brings some good things to the team, particularly outside shooting which they lack. But he also brings a lot of baggage. The fact is that Reggie's specter hangs over this team like a shadow. Seeing Jermaine put Reggies name on his shoe is touching in one way, but in another is sad.

    I know many of you know me as a long time Reggie champion. I've been one of his most steadfast supporters. But I believe it's time to cut the cord. That doesn't mean benching Reggie. It means retiring Reggie. It means Bird taking him out to lunch over the summer and telling him it's over. I really don't think this team has what it takes to win the title, but I also think that if we're going to win it, we have to rely on JO and Artest, and with Reggie still out there the waters are muddied in terms of leadership. There's a time for verteran calm and there's a time for the hot blood of youth. Right now I think we need more of the latter. I think it's time for Reg to step aside for the good of the team and leave it to the next generation.

    If Reggie won't do it and insists, we can still use him off the bench next year. Whatever it takes, I wouldn't trade him or send him elsewhere. He literally is our franchise player. He mean more to the Pacer organization that anyone ever has and we owe him. In this case though, I'm hoping he sees what he owe us and for the good of the organization quietly steps aside.

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    Yeah, but like, who is going to replace him in the starting lineup?

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    Yeah, but like, who is going to replace him in the starting lineup?
    I think it's time to let Fred Jones give it a try.

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    Reggie is like having a coach on the floor. However, his time as a starter has passed. In my mind, the best option for Reggie, if he still wants to play, would be to become a Steve Kerr type role player for the Pacers. I know its hard to imagine Reggie being a role player and maybe Steve Kerr is a bad example, but I think he could be a deadly weapon for the Pacers once again in that role. This team is missing key role players off the bench. The starting SG would either be Jones or Bender based on whoever improves the most. OR the Pacers could go out and sign Ginobili who I believe is a Free Agent (If SA goes after Kobe). Where does this leave Al? Well, I think Al is a good guy off the bench. He has not convinced me that he deserves to start. I think Jones is on his way to being a great player, and we all know that that Bender is the reigning NBA Practice Squad MVP. If one of them puts it together, we have it. Also, I think many are forgetting how much Ron Artest has improved this past year. The man has become a force on both sides of the court. I remember that New Jersey series a couple years back where I was afraid to watch the guy even dribble. He is a workaholic. No one will be hurt more by this loss than Ron Artest. He will be driven even further this summer. My prediction for Ron is 2nd Team All-NBA next year. I think he takes his entire game up another notch. I could be wrong, but I really think he is going to be even stronger next year. Don't trade this man. He is a warrior and plays with heart and soul with a passion to win every game. That can't be said about most players in the NBA.

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    6th or 7th man. Come in like Fisher or others who spread the floor and drop 3's.

    No more starting. I wish we would've kept Chuck Person way back when and made him our 6th man. I believe he even offered to do it.

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    As much as I like Fred (he has tremendous heart) I don't think he'll ever be much more than a very solid backup ... we need a starter, and now ... we're that close.

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    Yeah, but like, who is going to replace him in the starting lineup?
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    Funny Part is the past several days I got picked appart by the chicken hawks for saying miller time was over.

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    Funny Part is the past several days I got picked appart by the chicken hawks for saying miller time was over.
    facing elimination, game 6 on the road, who the heck wasn't hoping for a reggie miracle? i sure was.

    i wonder though whether reggie thinks his time has passed. i think he does, and that he will retire rather than be a role player.

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    Funny Part is the past several days I got picked appart by the chicken hawks for saying miller time was over.
    Ya know whats even funnier than that....

    I got called a hater everytime I've said it for the last 4 years....

    I don't care if he did put up big numbers against Philly. We still lost that series. He was done before that.

    We should have been seriously working with fresh blood at sg back then and maybe we wouldn't be talking about Miller Time being over today while lamenting another ECF loss.

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    Well I really do think Reggie was done 2 years ago in my mind and like I have always said when people keep saying It's Miller Time . Miller Time never got us no rings or chamiopnships , it brought us alot of great moments and that's about it and you can only live on memories so long.

    I am not trying to hate on reggie because he really had a hand in putting the pacers on the map as far as a NBA team but memories can only take a team so far, I really think he needs to retire.

    Unless the Pacers management can have the balls to step up and say Reggie this is how it's gonna be. I dunno if Reggie could handle not being a starter , but I don't see why he couldn't I think he would be great off the bench and he could still get his ring if we make a few moves this offseason.

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    I've been saying that I thought Reggie would quietly retire this summer. But last night he didn't have the look of a man contemplating his demise. I may have been wrong about him. He may want it so bad he has himself convinced he can still do it. In that case, it is Bird's job to convince him otherwise. To convince him to either retire or face a reduced role. That means sitting on the bench and possible...DNP-CDs.

    The off-season has begun...* the finals bring on the expansion draft. Let's get started re-building this sucker.
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    I don't think we need a rebuild , we need a few key pieces ..rebuilding is cleaning out the team and I don't see that happening.

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    I meant rebuild the season. But..we need a SG another bu PG and a C. Let's get busy. So many needs...too many days until camp starts.
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    I don't know if we Require a Center but it would be nice , but finding a good big man for the right price will be hard and there is such a high demand for a good center it's pathetic. I think if Foster can Improve his Defense and Work on his 12-15 ft Jumper he would be a huge assest , SG and Backup PG I agree .

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    Yeah the 5 position may nt be the most pressing. But more "meaness" up front would be nice.
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    Yeah the 5 position may nt be the most pressing. But more "meaness" up front would be nice.
    Would be nice but we need to Dump Pollard somehow if were not going to use him too much pay for so little work.

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