I thought he proved he belonged a while ago...
Anyway, I take issue with O'brien's quote. At the end of the day, Price isn't ready to start next season.(Well, as a really good starter, but he'd be better than TJ) .but that's not what was off about it.
1. Way too much focus on where he was drafted. It wasn't about talent, it was because he was one of the oldest and most injury prone PGs, in a really heavy PG class (with another rumored brain aneuryism)..and because he went a lot lower than he should have. The real truth is that when other "top" point guards got as much time as AJ did, they performed no better. So how can we label Ty Lawson and Darren Collison as future starters, when they could do no better than Price in the same amount of minutes given to them. It was only when they actually got more minutes did they show what they could fully do. I think Price has shown enough to warrant consideration that he could be our future starter. (If we aren't looking for an All Star there)
2. This is the same guy that in January was saying Price could already start for a .500 team, and we could "wait and see" about being a championship calibeer PG. With his GM (Larry) saying at worst he'll be a "fantastic backup." What's with the switch? Or is it just so you can feel better about benching him for no reason.
3. JOB seems to completely disregard the idea that Price is a rookie who can improve. So yea, I agree with the last part, where he wasn't a starting PG for a championship team. He's not there yet, but the idea that he can't be is simply unfair to him. I also kind of got a chuckle out of the "here or another team" comment from JOB. Price will be in Indy far longer than JOB will be here. This shouldn't be suprising though, JOB doesn't understand what developement is.
Anyway, I just found the comment to be negative..in fact, probably the first negative comment he's made about Price. And it's funny because it's a lot like the Josh "irrelevant" comment. Where yea, JOB is right in a way..but he didn't have to say it like that. A comment of "we'll see where he is in the future, but next season he'll be a solid backup PG" is a whole lot less..negative. Sorry, Jimmy just annoyed me again. :P