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    Ok, last night was game # 41 for the Pacers and as is customary we will hand out mid season report cards. Now since this is all subjective I will try and use my reasoning for giving each grade but as always feel free to disagree and give your own.

    The Pacers = F

    Sorry there is just no better way of spinning this one for me. I knew coming into the season that we were not going to be real contenders but I had ZERO idea that we were not even going to be contenders for winning 30 games this season.

    That's right fans, if we double our first half of the season production our beloved Pacers are on track to win 28 games. For those of you that were saying that the 80's were worse, well yes but not by much.

    The most troubling thing for me has simply been the lack of direction for the team. I have no idea what we are doing or even what we are trying to do. I know that we are supposed to be patient and wait for all of the contracts to either be traded away or come off of the books but that process is slow and frankly is not even a guarantee of success. But that is the future, this is now.

    Of course coming off of a huge @ss kicking like last night is probably not the best time to evaluate the team but let's be honest here; this wasn't the first game this season we were out of it by mid way through the first quarter. In fact one of the very troubling things this season is that we have had so many games where we are not in it at all. Even last season we were surprisingly close in several games.

    Now there are a multitude of excuses that can be employed here. Injuries, illnesses, new players, quirks in the schedule, etc. But at the end of the day they ring hollow and frankly just as more excuses.

    I think at the end of the day we do lack overall talent however I think we have talent on hand to be better than we are.

    Larry Bird = C

    Believe me that is a pretty radical drop for me. Up until about a month or so ago I was going to give him a strong A. However with the team in turmoil and presently floundering with no direction I can look no further than at the top. I would even listen to arguments that his grade should be lower.

    I thought he had a brilliant off-season. I thought he brought in the best players that he could with the money that he had on hand. I still think that.

    However the talent does not match the current coaching staff and since he has given his seal of approval to the current coach then it now falls on him to get him the type of players that he will use. So from here forward when I see players that I think should be playing but are not I am no longer just mad at the coach but I am now mad at the Director of Basketball Operations for getting contradictory players and coaching staff.

    Jim O'Brien = C-

    Yea it's a shock to me that I didn't try and give him an F either but here is my argument. He is who he is, his style is known by everybody. I am now of the opinion that Bird either thinks that this style will work or that he is stuck with this.

    I won't lie. I don't like it, it's not fun for me to watch some of this stuff and since I have always liked big players you can imagine my disgust at seeing two wings and two point guards in with a 5 who is really a 4 but really plays like a 3.

    But it is his style, it has always been his style and he attempts to get the most out of the style he can.

    I am now totally on Birds @ss to give this guy players who will play his style or at the very least then trade away all of the players who he relies on to play his preferred style.

    Danny Granger - C-

    This hurts. This hurts more than I can tell you because I was on here last year arguing that this was the best Pacer I had ever seen play. This year there is something wrong. Now early on his foot was hurting so we all gave him the benefit of the doubt and still do. But just look at that Toronto game and you will see he got p!ssed off and began to care. Once that happened he imposed his will on that game. I carried over to the next night as well. It wasn't that he started hitting shots, although he did, it was that he became physical and dominating on the defensive end. He has now followed that up with two games that makes Brandon Rush shake his head over the inconsistency.

    There doesn't seem to be the spark or fire this year. Could all be just the injury but I seem to think it is something else.

    Roy Hibbert - B

    Why do I have the feeling that if Jeff Foster was not injured that we would not even be seeing half of what Roy is doing on the floor? O'Brien has no one on a shorter leash than Roy. However Roy has done nothing but get better all season long.

    He is becoming quite the accomplished passer on offense and has become the type of player that other coach's are now having to adjust to. Defensively he is better than he was as a rookie so you are getting steady improvement there as well.

    Still makes dumb mistakes at times but overall I am quite happy with the big fellow. Not to mention this guy truly enjoys life and basketball. Every now and then it doesn't hurt to see someone on the sideline actually rooting on their team mates.

    Brandon Rush = C-

    Thankfully for him he now has put together a string of about 2 weeks of solid basketball. He had two games where he didn't score a point but he helped out with strong defense and rebounding. We really can't have that happen very often but in those two games other players were getting it on so no harm.

    However I will still continue my belief that Brandon really screwed the front office up with his early season play. I am certain they were counting on him to be at least a double figure scorer this season and help Danny by sharing the load. His disappearance on the offensive end at the beginning of the season really put a money wrench in everything. It forced them to try every other guard to help out.

    Even O'Brien's biggest critics can't blame him for this as he let Brandon go as long as he could and Rush just threw it all away.

    But like I said he has played well for about two weeks so we will see if he can bring this into the second half of the season.

    Mike Dunleavy = C

    I am going to assume that pain and adjusting to his surgery have taken away from both his conditioning and his shooting ability. I don't think though that it can be accounted for as the trouble for his horrid turnovers lately, but maybe.

    Mike is who Mike is. If he is scoring and driving he is a force that causes teams to adjust and if they don't then he can burn them. However if Mike is not scoring then sadly he is pretty useless. He is at best a moderate defender and at worst he is a turn style. His rebounding doesn't seem to be as strong as it has in the past either but I am going to say that this is the leg.

    I think he will be better next season overall but still he is who he is.

    Troy Murphy = C

    I am basing this purely off of his abilities. What he does do well he usually does pretty well and I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is doing exactly what his coach is telling him to do. Hard to fault him for that.

    His shot doesn't seem to be as sure this year as last and there are times I think he actually struggles to get the shot up to the rim, it's kind of like he doesn't have his legs under him.

    His rebounding is where it usually is and his passing seems to be about the same as well.

    His defense is what it is.

    Now if I were basing this on what I want from a power forward he would get an F- but seeing as how he would get an A + from his coach I'll just split the difference and call it a C.

    Earl Watson = C +

    Some really great passes and solid defense every now and then followed up with some really stupid passes and poor shooting every now and then.

    He is who he is, which is one hell of a back up point guard. Sadly though he is our starting one. That is not a slam at him; it is really an indictment on the state of our back court.

    I like Earl and have no problem with him staring the rest of the year but next year I would like a little better.

    A.J. Price = B

    This came from nowhere. Very surprising that a guy picked so low would turn out to be pretty good so soon. From the first time I saw him step on the floor I thought this guy does not play like a rookie. He shoots and passes like a 5 year vet and is not intimidated by any other player. He looked as good against Chris Paul as he did against Raefer Alston.

    Like any rookie he is prone to mistakes on occasion and may be to trigger happy (but who knows if that is him or his coach).

    I'm not sure who said it but I think there is a lot of truth in this, at worst he is going to be a heck of a backup point guard.

    Tyler Hansbrough = B+

    Ok, my physical prejudice is coming out here but I can't help it. We are a soft soft soft marsh mellow team and to have someone come out there and bang people around to where they have to whine about it in the press just makes my heart sing with joy.

    No, I am not thrilled with his shot. No, his free throw shooting is not acceptable.

    However he is a far better defender and rebounder than I was led to believe.

    Myself, I would feel comfortable with him at the 4 right now. But again we have to consider what the coach wants.

    Dahntay Jones = B -

    I bet he regrets coming here now. I'm sure he likes the money but the lack of direction on this team has got to be killing him. He was the best defender for the money that we could get in the off-season and someone with a little attitude on the floor. Yet a week ago or so he got a DNP-CD because we are convinced that we can only win by out shooting the other team.

    Now I know my good friend Chicago J does not like D. Jones and I think he is right if people actually thought he was like some LeBron stopper or something but I think most of us thought he was a good solid piece to an overall puzzle.

    But instead he may just be another piece that doesn't fit in with this coaching staff.

    S. Jones = C

    If Jeff Foster were here we would never see him. I think that would be a mistake and I would really like to see a coach that would run S. Jones and Roy together just for a few min. to even try it.

    Solomon is not as strong as you would like from a center, he doesn’t rebound quite as well as you would like either.

    However he is pretty decent about defending the rim and he is surprisingly a good offensive player.

    Luther Head = C

    Would be a great spark off of the bench, however when he went down he was our starter. Not a horrid starter by any means but probably not consistent enough to be a solid starter.

    Good offense, good shooter, sometimes a good defender but not often enough. Sometimes downright awful defense which goes into the whole consistency thing.

    Hell of a quick shot though, I'm not sure there are a lot of players who can get off a shot faster than Luther.

    T.J. Ford = C-

    Not what we need. Not what a lot of teams need and clearly his contract is going to prohibit us from moving him.

    However much like Dunleavy, Murphy and others he is what he is. You are not going to turn him into a point guard who plays off of the ball anymore than you are going to turn him into a sky hook shooting center. It just ain't going to happen.

    Hopefully both the team and he can come up with some solution so the guy does not just sit and drain our bank account and whatever basketball playing time he has left.

    Josh McRoberts = C

    Hard to really give him a grade as he has had so little time. But I think I did see progression from training camp till when he got a little playing time. To me his offensive recognition had improved and he looked more comfortable playing.

    That said this is just not a coach who is going to use him. I don't know if a lot of coach's would or would not but I know this one won't unless he is forced to.

    When he is on the floor he gives it his all which is pretty much what you as a of a deep bench player.

    I will be honest though his status on the team does confuse the hell out of me because of Bird. Larry has gone above and beyond to praise McRoberts; he has brought his name up when he wasn't even the topic of discussion. You would really think to listen to Bird that Josh was important to the team in some capacity.

    So I just don't get it.

    Ok, overall I know that the grading was inconsistent myself and I was trying my best to be objective. But please feel free to add your own.


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    At first I think you're being a bit harsh with a number of grades. Then I look at the team's record and, well, they seem to match up pretty well.
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    Peck, you have to let Larry have till the trade deadline. He might be doing "A" work right now by not trading into a bad deal in some hurry. Once they go past the deadline with no adjustment and no improvement on the court, then you reduce his grade.

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    Peck, you have to let Larry have till the trade deadline. He might be doing "A" work right now by not trading into a bad deal in some hurry. Once they go past the deadline with no adjustment and no improvement on the court, then you reduce his grade.
    Amen, most trades never happen till the last couple days to even the last day of the deadline... Doing a trade now you lose leverage and most certainly won't get the best deal possible... only reason to rush a trade now now now like so many want, is if you're in a battle for playoff position and it's critical to make a move ASAP...

    Obviously we aren't there, and we need the best deal possible for our franchise. Which means being patient and playing the negotiation game...
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    Um guys the grade wasn't based really on trades or lack therof.

    My problem is the fact that he new he was going to keep O'Brien yet he doesn't give him players that fits his style. Or better yet he gets players that don't fit O'Brien yet he keeps him on.


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    Um guys the grade wasn't based really on trades or lack therof.

    My problem is the fact that he new he was going to keep O'Brien yet he doesn't give him players that fits his style. Or better yet he gets players that don't fit O'Brien yet he keeps him on.
    Maybe he wants to go another direction with the coach eventually, and Herb is the only one saving JoB's job at the moment...

    Also even if they both are open to changing the coach this year, how fair would it be to a new coach saying you have to play player x, y, and z to showcase for trades, I don't care how you want to do your line ups...

    In other words, it wouldn't make sense to make a coaching change till after the deadline... at that point the coach would have 100% freedom and everything will be settled...

    As well as rather or not if we are playoff or lottery bound... which might make a change choice easier...
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    Very well thought out post. The only thing I would change is

    O'Brien gets a D-, based on his pechulance for saying one thing in the media and then doing the opposite or not at all. Mostly though I give him that for all his tired "injury excuses" when many teams have key injuries but have managed to play well together

    Tyler C- , love his hustle and energy and toughness

    hate his lack of vertical and poor shot selction/percentage , and also the fact that Blair has looked dominant

    Other than that I agree wholeheartedly
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    Nice job, I'd give JOB a much lower grade though, probably a D-. The only reason for not giving a F, is Danny's injury.

    It's the coaches job to get what he can out of what he's got. All JOB has done is complained about lack of D, changed line ups, complained etc, etc, etc. while hardly ever doing what he says. He's blamed everything but his own system. When he has been forced to play out of his system due to injuries we have looked much better, IMO.

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    So, as a team we are an F, but our players are between C- and B+, with an average of roughly C.

    A directionless bunch of C players (whether due to injuries or just because they are what they are) does seem pretty close to right, but how can a bunch of C players consistently play F ball?

    To me, that leads straight to chemistry and coaching, and primarily to coaching with player chemistry problems due to player frustration with the coaching staff, which has been addressed in the media by Bird giving support to his coach and warning players that they will be traded if they won't play for O'B.

    Therefore, I would reduce O'B to an F for a myriad of reasons, and not just those listed here. He is minimizing the results of our players, and it is difficult to understand how either no one in the FO seems to be giving him that message (beyond benching TJ), or if they ARE giving him that message, why he continues to be bullheaded and insists on using virtually the same game plan he has used since we hired him 2 1/2 years ago despite having players ill equipped to execute it in the way he must envision it (whatever way that is).

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    Josh McRoberts = C

    Hard to really give him a grade as he has had so little time. But I think I did see progression from training camp till when he got a little playing time. To me his offensive recognition had improved and he looked more comfortable playing.

    That said this is just not a coach who is going to use him. I don't know if a lot of coach's would or would not but I know this one won't unless he is forced to.

    When he is on the floor he gives it his all which is pretty much what you as a of a deep bench player.

    I will be honest though his status on the team does confuse the hell out of me because of Bird. Larry has gone above and beyond to praise McRoberts; he has brought his name up when he wasn't even the topic of discussion. You would really think to listen to Bird that Josh was important to the team in some capacity.

    So I just don't get it.
    This one is easy......JO'B prefers to play Players with more experience over ones that have less. I don't see enough of a difference ( on a level that really matters ) where I could say that I'd play Solo over McRoberts....yet Solo gets the chance to be the 1st Backup Big Man to hit the floor....whereas McRoberts gets to play when JO'B decides to wave the white flag of surrender.
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    I knew coming into the season that we were not going to be real contenders but I had ZERO idea that we were not even going to be COMPETITORS.

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    Peck,

    The team gets an F while everyone who makes up the team gets C, C-, C-, B, C-, C, C, C+, B, B+, B-, C, C, C-, and C ?

    Yeah, you're right; that was inconsistent.

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    I have trouble with Hansbrough (a lottery pick) getting a higher grade than Price (a low second round pick). For the most part though, I agree with your grades and assessments. My personal prejudice would give TJ Ford and his $8 million contract an F for getting himself deactivated, but that's just me.

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    I am by no means a Murphy apologist, but I think a C is low for him. If anything, I'd give him an A, simply because he maximizes his talent. A C for Danny, I agree with. Mainly because I believe he can give us more than he's giving us (aka camping out at the 3point arc, and launching low percentage shots). Troy is a rebounding, 3-shooting big man. He's rebounding well, and shooting the 3 well. You said it in your original post, "He is what he is." So I feel he needs to be graded with that in mind. Grading him on not being what we wish he was isn't the best way to view him. He isn't a gritty, grind it out, low post player. But he gives us what he has. I give him an A. Not so much because I think he's an A level talent, but he maximizes the talent he has.

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    How the heck do the Pacers get an F when no single individual got lower than a C-?

    Also, Bird's offseason was a lot more economical than it was brilliant.

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    How the heck do the Pacers get an F when no single individual got lower than a C-?
    Because the grade of the whole is indicative of how the parts fit together. Doesn't mean that the players aren't trying. They just don't seem to mesh well. We've gone the route of sacrificing talent, to ensure we have character instead of characters.

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    Because the grade of the whole is indicative of how the parts fit together. Doesn't mean that the players aren't trying. They just don't seem to mesh well. We've gone the route of sacrificing talent, to ensure we have character instead of characters.
    Fair enough, but then Bird is the guy who put this outfit together, so his grade should be the biggest reflection of the overall Pacer grade. His grade should be closely tied to the team grade, but they're not close on this report card.

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    It's all dependent on what type of curve you're grading on.

    Price could be above average as a second round pick. But as to contributing to the team's overall success/record, he could be no more than a C.

    Personally, I'd give Granger a D+, Dunleavey a D (obviously no injury comback sympahty here, I'm grading on how it impacts the overall record), TJ and F.

    Those were supposed to be three of our top players. With those grades based on how they've impacted team performance-regardless of their circumstances-it's no wonder the record is so poor and not looking to moderate.

    Using this scale I'd probably give Murphy, Price, Roy, and Head Cs.

    D+ Rush, Watson, Jones, Jones, McRoberts, Hansbrough

    Am I forgetting anybody? So the that better matches the team achievement/recored 1/2 way point overall rating of D/D+

    I can't give us an F just because with the overall talent and player combo we have, you couldn't expect us to be too all too good.
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    Granger: D Injury noted....but he hasn't shot well, has been chucking and has horrible defensive fundamentals.

    Dunleavy: D+ Dunleavy coming off of 1 and a half years of barely playing has looked VERY rusty, but still is showing glimpses of why we would actually want him around

    Murphy: C He is simply too horrible defensively. I'm not talking about anything but low post man backing him in and him falling away. Talk about pulling the chair. He does it unintentionally every single time.

    Dahntay: B Looking at production vs Pay leaves me happy.

    Rush: C+ He has been more involved the last couple of games. I think they are starting to try to make sure he touches the ball just about every time its down that way.

    Hibbert: B- Inconsistency is his biggest enemy right now. He has shown a great back to the basket game at times along with a solid stroke from mid-range.

    Head: C+ He is what he is. A spark off the bench at most.

    Hansbrough: C- That shooting percentage. Stop making excuses. It simply needs to get better.

    McRoberts: C When I've seen him in he has looked like a solid 4th big.

    Solo: C He does what we brought him for at a level that correlates with his price tag. Better mid range shot than I thought but I wish he were stronger around the rim.

    Ford: F I like the guy. I like the player. I don't like him on this team, and neither does anyone else.

    Watson: B He's been a solid backup PG. Too bad he's the starter.

    Price: B Based on the fact that he is a second round pick. I like his game. Wish he'd shoot more consistently.

    Foster, Diener: Hasnt played enough to warrant a grade

    JOB: C I don't think anyone could consistently win with this mix of talent.

    Larry Bird: I He gets an incomplete. Right now it appears that letting Jack go was the wrong move. A PG duo of Jack and Price would be nice, and I could actually stand seeing them both out there occasionally. You can't grade the GM IMO in half a season.

    And this first season as a team? F. When your 4 highest paid players have a combined GPA of about 1.2 thats a pretty major FAIL
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    I'm giving O'Brien an "F". I cannot give him Popeye points because he is what he is. He's the coach... at some point you have to look at reality and reality in my world is this team doesn't need to be taking quick shots, 3's by the bundle, and consistently putting their defense behind the 8 ball.

    The only reason Bird doesn't rate an "F" is because he's getting an 'incomplete' waiting on some late homework to be turned in. If the day after the season ends he doesn't fire O'Brien he's getting an "F" without question. The in-season vote of confidence for O'Brien didn't do much to help his grade. The O'Brien extension didn't do much to help either.

    O'Brien's inflexibility and constant desire to run this bad, gimmick, losing offense does not rate a vote of confidence OR a total player overhaul. The offense just gift wraps points... for the other team!

    I can't even grade the players... I'm sure they've been well-coached enough in their lives to recognize a losing brand of basketball. How can you expect them to get up for game after game playing this style of ball with the talent they have?

    And IMHO it would take an almost impossible infusion of talent to upgrade this team to what O'Brien wants to do. Which puts the microscope squarely on Bird. Does he really think he can upgrade this team to be a contender playing O'Brien's version of gimmick ball with it's low priority on defense and over importance on a quick offense... the rest of the game be da--ed?

    Does he even think O'Brien can keep this team together long enough without just poisoning the environment and losing them to amass that collection of talent?

    I don't think he can...

    Worse for Bird is I don't think there's many of us left wanting to see O'Brien's brand of bad basketball anyway.

    O'Brien's getting an F for not being able to play the hand he's been dealt. Bird is only kept from an F because he has a trading deadline, a coach firing, and a coach hiring that we need to see. I'm not sure there's a point to firing O'Brien midseason other than to throw red meat to the fans. ...Especially with O'Brien being the perfect loser to point the team toward a high draft pick now that he's lost the team. If Bird doesn't fire O'Brien immediately after the season then and "F" is too high. ...Although I certainly wouldn't be against an O'Brien firing right now... Just let an interim coach the team with a wink and nod telling him to develop players and not worry about wins in this lost season anyway.

    Is that harsh?
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    Giving Hansbrough a bad grade is dumb to me, he hasn't been at 100% or played without a time restriction all season so we have no idea what he can or can't do.
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    I'm giving O'Brien an "F". I cannot give him Popeye points because he is what he is. He's the coach... at some point you have to look at reality and reality in my world is this team doesn't need to be taking quick shots, 3's by the bundle, and consistently putting their defense behind the 8 ball.

    The only reason Bird doesn't rate an "F" is because he's getting an 'incomplete' waiting on some late homework to be turned in. If the day after the season ends he doesn't fire O'Brien he's getting an "F" without question. The in-season vote of confidence for O'Brien didn't do much to help his grade. The O'Brien extension didn't do much to help either.

    O'Brien's inflexibility and constant desire to run this bad, gimmick, losing offense does not rate a vote of confidence OR a total player overhaul. The offense just gift wraps points... for the other team!

    I can't even grade the players... I'm sure they've been well-coached enough in their lives to recognize a losing brand of basketball. How can you expect them to get up for game after game playing this style of ball with the talent they have?

    And IMHO it would take an almost impossible infusion of talent to upgrade this team to what O'Brien wants to do. Which puts the microscope squarely on Bird. Does he really think he can upgrade this team to be a contender playing O'Brien's version of gimmick ball with it's low priority on defense and over importance on a quick offense... the rest of the game be da--ed?

    Does he even think O'Brien can keep this team together long enough without just poisoning the environment and losing them to amass that collection of talent?

    I don't think he can...

    Worse for Bird is I don't think there's many of us left wanting to see O'Brien's brand of bad basketball anyway.

    O'Brien's getting an F for not being able to play the hand he's been dealt. Bird is only kept from an F because he has a trading deadline, a coach firing, and a coach hiring that we need to see. I'm not sure there's a point to firing O'Brien midseason other than to throw red meat to the fans. ...Especially with O'Brien being the perfect loser to point the team toward a high draft pick now that he's lost the team. If Bird doesn't fire O'Brien immediately after the season then and "F" is too high. ...Although I certainly wouldn't be against an O'Brien firing right now... Just let an interim coach the team with a wink and nod telling him to develop players and not worry about wins in this lost season anyway.

    Is that harsh?
    Preach it. Can I get an Amen?

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    No BBall, that wasn't harsh, that was spot on.

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    LOL at putting it all on the coach. Seriously. Every year it happens.

    Every. Single. Year.

    Fans of bad teams with bad rosters blame it on the coach. According to them, he's the worst coach who ever lived. Then the fans eventually get their wish and he gets fired, but the players don't change. They come back. The next year, the stink just the same. It's happening to multiple teams in the league right now (Bulls, Wiz, 76ers, T-Wolves).

    Not very many coaches out there would get anything appreciably better than what JOB is getting from this group. Are there some that would? Sure there are. But the coaches who are good enough to do that will look at this roster, pass on it and wait for a better opportunity with a better roster. I doubt any high level coach out there right now is just dying to take the Pacers job for the express purpose of showing how much better of a coach he is than JOB.

    JOB isn't my ideal coach, and when the Pacers are once again competitive, he probably won't be here. And neither will 75% of the current roster.
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    LOL at putting it all on the coach. Seriously. Every year it happens.

    Every. Single. Year.

    Fans of bad teams with bad rosters blame it on the coach. According to them, he's the worst coach who ever lived. Then the fans eventually get their wish and he gets fired, but the players don't change. They come back. The next year, the stink just the same. It's happening to multiple teams in the league right now (Bulls, Wiz, 76ers, T-Wolves).

    No coach out there would get anything appreciably better than what JOB is getting. Are there some that would? Sure there are. But the coaches who are good enough to do that will look at this roster, pass on it and wait for a better opportunity with a better roster. I doubt any high level coach out there right now is just dying to take the Pacers job for the express purpose of showing how much better of a coach he is than JOB.

    JOB isn't my ideal coach, and when the Pacers are once again competitive, he probably won't be here. And neither will 75% of the current roster.
    In this case though, there is damn good evidence that our coach really is terrible and deserves an F-. The discussions and conclusions on this horrible coaching that Jim exemplifies, except for rare cases when "the system" works (they make more than 45% of their 3pt attempts), can be read and perused at your leisure over the last 50+ pages of Pacers Digest.

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