For every one step forward this guy takes he jumps three steps back. Also nice to hear about all of the harmony in the locker room, but honestly what can you expect with a season like this???
By Mike Wells
SAN ANTONIO -- The Indiana Pacers lost another game Thursday, 108-97 to the San Antonio Spurs, and their already bizarre season took another unexpected turn.
Emotional center David Harrison was hit with a technical foul late in the fourth quarter and suffered a meltdown inside the locker room after the game, according to several Pacers players.
Harrison, who was unavailable for comment, received medical attention following the game. A Pacers team member immediately shut the training room door when media members walked near that area.
Harrison's frustration stemmed from a hit in the face he received from Spurs forward Matt Bonner with less than a minute remaining in the game. Bonner was called for an offensive foul on the play.
Clearly frustrated after the play, Harrison, who has battled problems with his emotions throughout his four-year career, had to be told to calm down by his teammates on numerous occasions. He picked up a technical for reportedly making threatening remarks about Bonner to an official.
Pacers coach Jim O'Brien immediately took Harrison out of the game, but the Pacers center didn't stop there.
Harrison stood near the bench, still mouthing expletives in Bonner's direction on the court. Troy Murphy stood in front of Harrison to make sure he didn't do anything drastic, and injured point guard Jamaal Tinsley was trying to get Harrison to calm down.
Harrison was finally told to go to the locker room by an undetermined Pacers member in the final seconds of the game.
"I subbed for him and somebody on the bench made a decision to send him to the locker room; it wasn't me," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said before Harrison's blowup came to light. "You shouldn't get technical fouls if you're David Harrison. I subbed for him, so his night was over."
Harrison's blowup is just another of numerous signs of the Pacers' immaturity on and off the court. He was suspended five games earlier this season for failing his third drug test. Harrison was also fined by the team for breaking his picture in the hallway that leads to the Pacers' locker room at Conseco Fieldhouse during the 2005-06 season.
Harrison's latest incident adds to the number of problems the Pacers are dealing with as they try to remain in playoff contention.
They're pointing fingers at each other for mistakes made on the court and they're trying to play one-on-one basketball.
As bad as they've played, the Pacers somehow remain only 21/2 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 20 games remaining.
"Throwing physical age out the door, this is a young group mentally, especially without guys like Jamaal and Jermaine (O'Neal), who have been through some wars," Pacers small forward Mike Dunleavy said. "Mentally we need to stay with it. Basically that's what I would say without going into too much detail."
Forward Shawne Williams was on the active roster for the first time since an acquaintance wanted on a murder charge was arrested outside of his home last week. O'Brien said the only reason Williams was activated was because the Pacers have a shortage of players.