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    Default Star article: Collison doesn't like nightlife

    This put a smile on my face.

    http://www.indystar.com/article/2010...n-for-the-game

    New Pacers point guard Darren Collison has a passion for the game

    'Hoops, that's what he lives for,' his college coach says of player who seized opportunity as a rookie

    By Jeff RabjohnsPosted: August 12, 2010


    Darren Collison has been so consumed with basketball, even those who knew him in college have a hard time recalling if he has any interests outside the game.

    "Hoops, that's what he lives for," UCLA coach Ben Howland said Wednesday in a telephone interview.

    Collison is now in the perfect spot, playing point guard for a team in a state that lives for the game, too.

    After a breakout performance while starting as a rookie for part of the season in place of injured All-Star Chris Paul, Collison is in a position to become the Indiana Pacers' point guard of the future.

    In 37 games as a starter last year, Collison averaged 18.8 points and 9.1 assists. Over a full season, the Pacers have never had a player average more than the 8.7 assists of Mark Jackson in 1997-98.

    "The NBA is all about opportunity, and he got one and took advantage of it," said Don MacLean, who played nine years in the league and now calls UCLA games on radio. "He's a starting point guard in the NBA and he proved that."

    Collison was named to the All-Rookie first team last year. As a starter, he shot 49 percent from the field, including 42.9 percent from 3-point range.

    For the season, Collison played in 76 games, averaging 12.4 points and 5.7 assists.
    "He's lightning quick and he has different gears and he's an excellent shooter," Pacers general manager David Morway said. "I think he can come in here right away and really make a difference. It's something we haven't had here in a really long time."

    The Pacers hope the 6-foot Collison, who turns 23 on Aug. 23, brings quality play to a position that has been unsettled for five years.

    Team president Larry Bird stopped short of naming Collison the starter over T.J. Ford, but that seems a foregone conclusion with the move.

    Collison was drafted 21st in 2009, eight spots after the Pacers picked forward Tyler Hansbrough.

    "We liked him coming out of college. I didn't think he'd have the year he did last year," Bird said. "He's solid. He likes to defend. We know he can shoot the ball. He did a great job in college of putting the ball in the hole. We think he's a complete player. He's a young point guard to go with the rest of the core group we have, and we'll just keep building on it."
    At UCLA, Collison was more of a distributor than scorer, never averaging more than 14.5 points in a season.

    Collison has a reputation as someone with no taste for the nightlife.

    "When he came to campus, he never went to parties," Howland said. "He's had one steady girlfriend since high school. He doesn't drink. Outside of basketball, I don't know if he does anything other than play video games.


    "He's a real committed basketball player."

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    Default Re: Star article: Collison doesn't like nightlife

    This is awesome. I'm pumped. Damn, I can't wait for the season to start.

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    Holy cow. Larry hit a home run here. Finally!

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    Default Re: Star article: Collison doesn't like nightlife

    Smiles here too! I love these "throw back" type of personalities that just live, eat, and breathe basketball. I had never heard this about him before, but it makes me like him even more.

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    Default Re: Star article: Collison doesn't like nightlife

    Our clandestine strategy is to send lots of booze and loose women to the Heat.

    Oh, they're already in Miami.

    Go Pacers.
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    Call me a cynic but I'm not sure if I entirely buy that of course he's rich he can bring the nightlife to him if need be.

    Regardless as long as he stays out of trouble that's really the important thing.

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    Default Re: Star article: Collison doesn't like nightlife

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    Call me a cynic but I'm not sure if I entirely buy that of course he's rich he can bring the nightlife to him if need be.
    While that wouldn't be the best scenerio, that is better than the alternative.

    I tend to believe the article. Plus it isn't Collison saying this stuff, it is his former college coach who offered it up, when there is no need for him to do so

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    Default Re: Star article: Collison doesn't like nightlife

    So, then, we can assume that he don't got to boogie.

    You know... on the Disco Round?

    Oh, Yeah.

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    Call me a cynic but I'm not sure if I entirely buy that of course he's rich he can bring the nightlife to him if need be.

    Regardless as long as he stays out of trouble that's really the important thing.
    I think he will be fine. If he wasn't tempted in college where partying is almost an assumed pastime then he probably just isn't stimulated by partying. The article says he doesn't drink that says a lot just in that sentence. Alcohol can be a factor in a good guy making a bad decision, especially in the professional athlete realm. Also don't over look the long term girlfriend. A strong woman goes a long way.

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    Damn, I can't wait for the season to start.
    same here. i haven't been this excited about this team for so long.

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    can't wait till opening night at conseco. it will feel like the rebirth of the pacers. i'm also looking forward to when the heat come to town.
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    Thank the Lord!!!
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    I think he will be fine. If he wasn't tempted in college where partying is almost an assumed pastime then he probably just isn't stimulated by partying. The article says he doesn't drink that says a lot just in that sentence. Alcohol can be a factor in a good guy making a bad decision, especially in the professional athlete realm. Also don't over look the long term girlfriend. A strong woman goes a long way.


    That's possible I mean I don't drink or party then again I'm incredibly boring in that regard and even moreso in college.

    As far as long term girlfriend well I wouldn't say it helps that much either.

    I don't see the guy getting arrested but I also doubt he's too good to be true either.

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    So, then, we can assume that he don't got to boogie.

    You know... on the Disco Round?

    Oh, Yeah.
    Oh, man......




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    Default Re: Star article: Collison doesn't like nightlife

    IT SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS MEANT TO BE!!!!!!!

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    Very interesting.

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    That's possible I mean I don't drink or party then again I'm incredibly boring in that regard and even moreso in college.

    As far as long term girlfriend well I wouldn't say it helps that much either.

    I don't see the guy getting arrested but I also doubt he's too good to be true either.
    Nice, I don't drink either. Boring is based in perception, to me drinking is boring, so maybe it is to Collison too. Anything can happen, but I think it's less likely from him.

    About the girlfriend aspect, it can work either way. She can add to his personal life stability, or be a negative influence, or nuetral who knows.

    While I don't want to commend him for what most would consider normal behavior, the truth is most college guys enjoy partying, and don't have long term relationships these days. To me it shows he's a level headed guy who just really loves basketball, and thats the type of player I like.
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    Default Re: Star article: Collison doesn't like nightlife

    So we wont have to worry about him shooting up clubs....pretty good
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    Default Re: Star article: Collison doesn't like nightlife

    I swear when I quickly glanced at this thread title I thought it said "Collison doesn't like knife fights".

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    I swear when I quickly glanced at this thread title I thought it said "Collison doesn't like knife fights".
    No, no, no. That's completely wrong.

    He's a big fan - haven't you heard about his slashing ability?

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    No, no, no. That's completely wrong.

    He's a big fan - haven't you heard about his slashing ability?

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    I had to - if I'd kept that one in, I would have burst a blood vessel and died.

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    Default Re: Star article: Collison doesn't like nightlife

    Man Count, you gotta at least put a after that.

    Seriously back on topic though, I'm very pleased that the Pacers got Collison and that he also seems like a dedicated stand up guy. Just adds more to what I already considred a great summer for our guys.

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    So, then, we can assume that he don't got to boogie.

    You know... on the Disco Round?

    Oh, Yeah.
    We'll have to swap that with another song for the video release, you know...
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