Jun 17, 2008 4:12 PM EST
Pacers' Coach Jim O'Brien said on Tuesday that the team isn't necessarily looking for players who fit well into their offensive system, according to The Indianapolis Star.
"We're looking for athleticism, speed, durability, strength, mental toughness," O'Brien said. "I think everybody in the league is looking for the same thing. A little bit of an understanding of how much they know about the game from a basketball I.Q., how they follow instructions, see how they adjust to a little criticism."
Indiana has matched players up one-on-one to gauge their desire on the court.
"We try to fatigue all of these guys pretty aggressively when they're playing one-on-one, so we see how they react to having somebody try to whoop them at the end of the session," O'Brien said. "When somebody's fatigued and four guys are playing one-on-one and you're keeping score, you can pretty much rank the guys on who had a bigger desire to win."===========================
That is interesting how they work that.