THE `HOUSE - There was plenty of outrage with comments on the bottom of my story, through email and on the previous blog about Pacers owner Herb Simon saying Larry Bird and Jim O'Brien will return next season.
I can't say I'm really shocked that Simon has decided to stick with them.
Bird told his boss that it would take time to rebuild things. Bird also wouldn't have given O'Brien a contract extension (that's still a head scratcher), which is fully guaranteed next season, back in September if he didn't want him to take part in the process.
It'll be interesting to see what happens if the Pacers get off to a slow start next season, though.
Dahntay Jones might want to spend a lot of time working on his 3-point shot this summer because O'Brien gave the indication that he plans to continue using players that can space the court.
That's not Jones' game. That's not why the Pacers gave him a four-year contract with a player option on the fourth year last summer.
Jones is only 4-of-32 from long distance this season.
"Let me answer it this way, I like to space the court," O'Brien said. "I like to space the court. I think if we were to get a point guard that can really space the court, shoot the 3, I think you can get away with having a wing that doesn't space the court."
Jones hadn't played in four of the previous seven games prior to Saturday.
"It's definitely been challenging a little, but I'm always going to play when called upon," Jones said. "I've had to play a different range of positions offensively and defensively and I'm just trying to contribute where I can."