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    As you tick the checklist of needs for the Pacers' frontcourt, elements like athleticism, aggressiveness, low-post defense and rebounding tend to rise to the top.

    And it pains Jeff Foster, because those just happen to be his areas of expertise.

    After missing most of the season with a lower back injury that required surgery in mid-February, Foster said he is on pace with the timeline for recovery and plans to be back next season.

    It is so much an assumption, in fact, he was surprised at the question about his future.

    "Have you heard something I haven't heard?" he said. "Every intention I have is to come back and play at hopefully a high level and see what happens from there."

    Foster last played on Dec. 19 in San Antonio, just his 16th appearance of the season. When he left, he took with him the aforementioned physical traits, not to mention a sizeable portion of the team's veteran leadership.

    He has been gone but not forgotten. Asked how Foster factors into next season's plans, Coach Jim O'Brien replied, "Tremendously."

    "They (the team's medical staff) think he's going to be fine by next year," said O'Brien. "We went the entire year pretty much with four big guys and that's a little shallow. So he and Tyler (Hansbrough) are very, very key guys."

    Foster is still in the first phase of his recovery, but the process should accelerate soon.

    "They said when I had the surgery it would be about three months before I could do anything really hard," he said. "We're at two months in the time frame and kind of still just doing the same thing light lifting and elliptical training.

    "I always work hard during the summer and I'll continue to do so. Obviously, I'll probably have to do a little bit more with my back but I'm looking forward to getting back in game shape and coming back next year and having a solid year."

    The Pacers have been outrebounded by 5.1 per game, 29th in the league. They're 28th in offensive rebounding, 29th in rebound percentage. Even at the advanced age of 33, in a role limited to 20ish minutes a game, Foster could make a serious dent in those numbers.

    "Obviously, I feel like any of us that were hurt could've contributed," he said. "I happened to look at the stats the other day and saw we were 28th in the league in offensive rebounding and 28th in field goal percentage. You put those two together, well, normally you're not that bad.

    "I know I could've helped in that area and defensively I could've helped, as well. I'm looking forward to coming back."

    The lone bridge to the team's glory years his rookie season was 1999-2000 when the Pacers reached the NBA Finals Foster learned quite a bit about the current team while in the role of involuntary spectator.

    "Danny's been playing really well the past month. He's got to play at that level the entire year for us to be a playoff-caliber team," Foster said. "I think we've learned over the last month, month-and-a-half, that these guys aren't going to quit. It's kind of a microcosm of our season. We seemed to get down a lot in games and then fight our way back as it seemed like we were getting embarrassed.

    "It seems that's kind of how it's happened with our record at the end of the year. Guys may have seen how bad our record was and they came out and played their butts off the last month-and-a-half and ended with a strong string. How much that carries over to next year is still to be determined. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the guys that are back. We'll start anew next year."

    As will Foster, who has one season left on his contract but hopefully not in his career.

    "If I wasn't able to play again for some weird reason, just walking off the court in San Antonio is now how I would ever have envisioned ending my career," he said. "I plan on playing next year and hopefully more years after that."

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    Default Re: Foster factors "tremendously" into next season's plans

    What, is he going to coach or something?

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    What, is he going to coach or something?
    He should take over for Dick Harter. Jeff has a defensive mindset.

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    You gotta be kidding me.
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    Hopefully, if he plays with the Pacers again after next season, he won't be the 6 mil man. More like the "vet minimum man."

    The other thing that bothers me is the "tremendously" comment Jimmy gave about how much Foster factors into next seasons plans. That doesn't bode well for McBob or any PF drafted. McBob had best get his suit/sportcoat cleaned for next season.

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    As much as I like Foster, I don't see him doing anything meaningful for the Pacers ever again. Over the hill and just had back surgery. He's trade bait.

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    He should take over for Dick Harter. Jeff has a defensive mindset.
    Well, it's not like Jeff has much of a choice.

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    He's trade bait.

    Please don't tease me! I only hope some team feels they can use him, his experience, and his expiring this offseason. Oh please let it come to pass!

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    Please don't tease me! I only hope some team feels they can use him, his experience, and his expiring this offseason. Oh please let it come to pass!
    I don't see how they try to hold on to him for next year with bringing back McRoberts and Handsbrough and Murphy. A team like San Antonio or Houston, even the Lakers could use Foster for a season.

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    Default Re: Foster factors "tremendously" into next season's plans

    The season isn't even over and I already have enough smoke up there, thank you.

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    Am I the only one who saw how this team's productivity went south when both Foster and Hansborough got hurt? When your Guards are getting more offensive rebounds than you Centers/PFs, there's definitely something wrong!

    Never underestimate the importance of offensive rebounds and the 2nd-chance shot attempt! I hope Jeff does come back 110% ready to go!! (And Hansborough, too.)

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    Am I the only one who saw how this team's productivity went south when both Foster and Hansborough got hurt? When your Guards are getting more offensive rebounds than you Centers/PFs, there's definitely something wrong!
    That's due to Murphy and small ball. Not Foster and Hansbrough.
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    Better hope JOB is gone. If he's still here you can be sure that Murphy and Foster will get a heavy dose of the frontcourt minutes while McBob, Roy, and Tyler only get to share whatever minutes are left...

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    Better hope JOB is gone. If he's still here you can be sure that Murphy and Foster will get a heavy dose of the frontcourt minutes while McBob, Roy, and Tyler only get to share whatever minutes are left...

    Where does that put a drafted PF??



























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    Well Roy I hope you enjoyed your solid month and a half of starting without being benched because come next season you will have some games starting and some games where you come from the pines.


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    Well Roy I hope you enjoyed your solid month and a half of starting without being benched because come next season you will have some games starting and some games where you come from the pines.
    Sounds about right.

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    Well Roy I hope you enjoyed your solid month and a half of starting without being benched because come next season you will have some games starting and some games where you come from the pines.
    ...and some where he never leaves the pines.

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    The other thing that bothers me is the "tremendously" comment Jimmy gave about how much Foster factors into next seasons plans. That doesn't bode well for McBob or any PF drafted. McBob had best get his suit/sportcoat cleaned for next season.
    I agree....I am pretty sure that if Foster was playing now....he'd be playing far more minutes then he should be playing ( probably hovering around 28+ minutes a game ) and Hansbrough ( if he was healthy ) would have filled the role that McRoberts was filling earlier in the season....specifically the guy in the suit sitting on the bench watching that played a minimal amount of minutes. McRoberts would have been sitting next to him with ZERO minutes.
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    Where does that put a drafted PF??

    In street clothes, sitting behind the bench.
    Yes, likely with very minimal minutes. However, if both Foster and Murphy are gone after next season, a lot of playing time would open up in year 2 and you would have a player with one more year of development, even if that is mostly in practice and scrimmages. I hope that if a good PF slides to the Pacers in the draft, they go ahead and grab him as the BPA regardless of first year available playing time.

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    Trade please! I agree he is getting too old and coming off the back injury, not a good combo. It's time we move him, if anyone would take him under the circumstance.
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    Even this year he looked pretty good still to me. If his back is improved next year, he still deserves to play significant minutes. I just would prefer it to be at Troy's expense rather than Roy's.

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    Missing Jeff's .9 assist career average is why our offense struggled so much this season.

    Missing Jeff's passing was just another gem of a statement "the tool" made as an excuse in this insane season.
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    Trade Foster and Fire JOB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Can he stretch the floor?


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    Missing Jeff's .9 assist career average is why our offense struggled so much this season.

    Missing Jeff's passing was just another gem of a statement "the tool" made as an excuse in this insane season.
    Not as redickulous a thought as it seems to be. Remember, Foster was utilized as a distributor at the top of the key to an insane degree. Surely this memory still haunts you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnboXiq33os

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