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They needed to move him last year regardless, simply due to the team's makeup.
You know I was with you on that, man, but at this point it's water under the bridge. He's simply untradable on his current contract... he'll be a Pacer until his contract is up. Between the salary and the injury, there's no way on earth another team will touch him. So at this point you (and this is a generic you, not YOU Nappy) move on from talking about trading him and start trying to figure out if there's any way to get value out of him for the Pacers.
I still don't think he's a good fit on the floor with Granger... never did. Ideally, he's your sixth man and backs up both wing positions. I'd be thrilled if Rush could really come in and lock down the starting 2 spot early, because once Dun comes back Jimmy's going to be tempted to give him all the minutes the docs will allow.
At the same time, I like him tons as a person and want to like him as a player, and I hope he comes back blowing people out of the water. I just don't have a lot of good memories about Pacers coming back from surgery, and given last year's on-again-off-again six-month saga it's hard for me to be optimistic, even when reports are that he's progressing nicely.
He's too expensive to be a bench player. He also needs to be on the floor to be effective on the offensive side. It's not like he's a matchup beast on O or D, so I don't think that's the answer either. He had a career year with the Pacers but I'm not even sure he'll get the chance to prove it wasn't a fluke. He'll either flame out due to injuries or get lost in a rotation featuring two future cornerstones....or both. I've been wrong before.....
As was Granger .. I am not "overvaluing" Dun ..If he stays healthy ..He's a very very valuable piece to this future Pacers team .. bar-none
Granger has had two consecutive strong seasons. This past year, Granger was an all-star as determined by the coaches. He played for a less than average team, but it was clear his performance warranted such recognition.
He's also seriously being considered for the US National Team. Dunleavy isn't getting that kind of consideration anytime soon and never has.
Sounds like it was just one of those things that was an injury he'd had for awhile, but was never serious enough to go onto the shelf for. But since he's already on the shelf, might as well get everything taken care of at once.
Exactly. "Hey, while your under the hood, would you mind re-gapping the spark plugs and topping off the fluid?" Kinda like if I was having my appendix taken out and asked if they could go ahead and remove the spare tire while they were in there
I just don't have a lot of good memories about Pacers coming back from surgery, and given last year's on-again-off-again six-month saga it's hard for me to be optimistic, even when reports are that he's progressing nicely.
The first thing that came to mind was Antonio Davis-Herniated Disc ('94-'95, i think). After his surgery, he came back fine AND slightly improved his free throw shooting while out.
Also, Dale Davis and his multiple shoulder surgeries. I'm not sure if they really affected his career, but he certainly had his best seasons post surgery.
I understand why there's negativity surrounding Dun's surgery especially considering they were hip and knee (btw, let's not compare LeBron's jaw surgery to Mike's knee/hip; everyone knows which 2 of the 3 are crucial to a player's ability to get up/down the court), but it's not uncommon for players to have minor scopes in the offseason. The hip doesn't concern me (yet).
At best, I think we'll see a more consistent version of the hot Dunleavy. At worst, he'll never play again. Imo, his game has never been reliant on athleticism so if he's able to run without pain, I think he'll be fine.
And now, I just had my left hip operated on. I hope my ailments aren't contagious.
I began feeling pain and stiffness at the end of the 2007-08 season. I had some stuff in there that we thought we could work out but were unable to. It was a relatively minor procedure but it is still surgery and I am really sore. Surgery is now up there on my most hated list along with pennies, metal bats and warm tomatoes. I despise them.
The operation was done in Boston by Dr. Joe McCarthy. He is one of the top hip specialists in the country and the team urged me to see him since we couldn't get the discomfort in my hip to completely go away. Not only was he the right guy but it was the perfect time to squeeze this in with my knee doing as well as it is. It shouldn't have any negative impact on my knee rehab and my eventual return to action.
So this has been in discussions for over a year, but we didn't hear about it until after it happened.