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    A.J. Price's college career prepared him for just about anything, which is good. Because that's what his first season in the NBA has provided

    A long way from the initial rush of just making the roster as a deep second-round pick, Price is back in the rotation, possibly for the rest of the season, hoping to make the most of his second chance at extended playing time.

    "It's been an absolute roller-coaster type of year," he said. "Just being happy to get here at first, then becoming acclimated to everything and then not playing can kind of weigh on you. And then getting out there, you're happy, getting your feet wet and playing minutes and then you're back on the bench again.

    "So it's been up and down but mentally college has prepared me to come in here and be prepared for anything and that's what I've been able to do. All in all, it's great to be here. The biggest thing for me is improving myself these last few games and into the summer."

    Price played sparingly in the first two months of the season but showed enough promise in practice that when Coach Jim O'Brien opted to replace starter T.J. Ford with Earl Watson, has also promoted the rookie to the backup slot. While Ford sat, Price took full advantage of the opportunity.

    Playing in all 17 games in January, Price averaged 19.9 minutes, 9.9 points and 2.4 assists, shooting 43 percent overall and 38 percent from the 3-point line. When Watson missed two games in early February to attend his grandmother's funeral, Price started and fared relatively well, totaling 17 points and eight assists.

    But in that second start against Milwaukee, Price was poked in the eye by Andrew Bogut, which caused a concussion.

    Watson returned to the team, Ford – who had played well as the backup behind Price – returned to the rotation and the rookie returned to the bench.

    Ford eventually replaced Watson as the starter but aggravated a groin injury early in the first quarter in Boston this past Friday and is expected to miss at least another week. So Price is getting another chance.

    "Just try to go out there and show the coaching staff I'll always be ready, regardless of the situation," said Price. "Just try to stay professional. I got a chance to watch what T.J. Ford went through earlier. He remained professional with it. He was ready to play when he got his number called and I've just got to be ready to do the same thing."

    Price remains very much in the team's future plans; they saw enough from him in that January stint to be assured of that. Whether he improves enough to challenge for the starting spot could depend largely on his ability to defend the position. He's well aware of that need and plans to work extensively over the summer to strengthen that facet of his game.

    "More than anything, it's learning the game and the schemes," he said. "This NBA game is drastically different from college, drastically different in terms of guarding people. The more familiarity I get with the game and what teams do, I should be able to get better defensively."

    Price knows all about waiting his turn. A highly touted recruit at UConn, he sat out one year due to a brain aneurysm and another due to a suspension related to off-court legal issues.

    Now, as he looks to a bright future in the NBA, Price knows it won't come easily or quickly.

    "I would definitely like to have more playing time but that all depends on me," he said. "It's something I have to do in the summer to propel myself into that situation to be able to get more minutes, show them I want to work hard and this is where I want to be. It's all up to me, basically.

    "I've just got to be professional and wait my turn. My turn's going to come eventually and when I get it I just have to be ready."

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    Nice find

    I have mixed emotions about Price

    On the one hand I see a fearlous player, unabashed of the big stage

    On the other I see a SG in a PG's body

    Best case scenerio "Monta Ellis lite"

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    I don't know what you are basing that on, he is clearly a PG with good court vision.

    Of course JOB has played him out of position at shooting guard a lot, so I guess I can see where the confusion might come from.
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    Meh. My reaction to this is pretty much the same as anything else this season: I don't care. I can't remember ever having such a blasé towards the Pacers.

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    I get the feeling that Price's game would shine under a coach like Byron Scott. Obviously because Scott coached up Chris Paul, but also because a slowed down offense could finally maximize his court-vision and passing ability. He doesn't have much of a chance when JOB is ready to bench him at any point if he's not chucking threes like everybody else.

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    I don't know what you are basing that on, he is clearly a PG with good court vision.

    Of course JOB has played him out of position at shooting guard a lot, so I guess I can see where the confusion might come from.
    His assist to turnover ratio

    In my opinion he is at best a "scoring pg"

    I dont see him in the Steve Nash/J Kidd/ C Paul mold
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    His assist to turnover ratio

    In my opinion he is at best a "scoring pg"

    I dont see him in the Steve Nash/J Kidd/ C Paul mold
    During his "audition" he had the best assist to turnover ratio out of all the rookies.

    It's really unfair to look at his statistics as they are now, because a huge portion of it is "garbage time"

    Price isn't really a pass first PG or a scoring PG. He's a "make the best decision" PG. I would assume that at this point in his career, team's are choosing to back off of him, which means he's trying to score more.

    That being said, he wasn't looking to score this much, even at Uconn (until Jerome Dyson got hurt, and Calhoun asked him too...five times) and at Uconn..if he missed his first few shots, he wouldn't take many more after words. Which honestly was a flaw I thought he had at the time..because we needed him to score. He doesn't seem to do that here, and my guess is because JOB wants him to play like AI.

    Anyway, along with improving defense..I think he really needs to become more consistent with his shot. I'm sure it's hard for all of the point guards to do that with the constant rotation, and being a rookie..but I think since he's so small, being more consistent with his shot would help him a lot to penetrate.
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    Default Re: Price ready for second chance

    Price is very clearly a PG. I don't know how you can get any other idea if you watch him.

    Rookie PGs are TO prone so his AST/TO ratio isn't ideal obviously. IMO He'll be a good backup PG. (Hopefully backing up JOHN WALL,BABY!)
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