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    Darren Collison grew up in Southern California watching fellow UCLA alum Reggie Miller lead the Indiana Pacers to the playoffs on a regular basis.

    Collison wants to pick up where Miller left off.

    "People can look forward to a player that loves to win," Collison said in a phone interview Thursday. "I just want to bring that excitement back to the city."

    Collison will be given the opportunity to lead the Pacers back to the postseason for the first time since 2006. He's expected to be the starting point guard when the Pacers open the season Oct. 27 at San Antonio.

    "I talked to Darren and he's excited about the opportunity to run the team," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "He knows the tempo we play at, and he's excited to be part of this growth process."

    The Pacers are confident they solved their lingering point guard issues by acquiring Collison and veteran swingman James Posey from New Orleans in a four-team deal that sent Troy Murphy to New Jersey on Wednesday. The Pacers have ended each of the past five seasons with a different starting point guard.

    "As much as I liked having Troy on the team, he certainly gave us a double-double every time out, but by getting Collison and Posey, we really made ourselves more athletic and quicker," O'Brien said.

    Collison, who will arrive in Indianapolis this weekend, is excited about being the one responsible for getting the ball to Danny Granger, Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert.

    "What I am is a hard-working player, someone that loves to win and will do anything to win games," Collison said. "Last year with New Orleans, it didn't sit well with me because we didn't make the playoffs. I'm not accustomed to that coming from UCLA."

    O'Brien, who is out of town for a wedding, described Collison as quick, savvy and fundamentally sound.

    "Darren has a way of having the quickness and smarts to get in the paint," O'Brien said. "When he gets in the paint, he's under control. He's shown he can space the court with his outside shot. He's a confident young man with solid leadership potential."

    O'Brien should know. Collison dropped a triple-double (18 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists) on the Pacers in February.

    Collison averaged 18.8 points and 9.1 assists in 37 starts as a rookie with the Hornets last season.

    "It's a tremendous confidence boost because anytime you can put up those numbers, you're seeing the court, you're reading the personnel, you're reading the NBA well," he said. "No matter what the defense throws at you, you're able to counter. That's what I learned playing behind (All-Star) Chris (Paul)."

    Collison will have an opportunity to duplicate those numbers because the Pacers take a lot of shots, and O'Brien has been looking for a player who can break down the defense on a regular basis.

    "He's certainly a promising point guard," O'Brien said. "We've added another guy to the other young guys on the team so we can continue to grow in a positive direction."


    ***Also here is a link to the JMV podcast section where in the Wells interview he says the Pacers tried to offer TJ a 3.5 mil buy out. Hadn't seen it anywhere else. Gotta start low I guess.

    http://www.1070thefan.com/jmv/podcast.aspx

    The interview with Chad Ford is interesting too. He calls the move a homerun for the Pacers...
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    Is it too much to ask for 1 interview in which Obie doesn't talk about spacing the court?.............We get it Jim

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    Spacing the court is one of the worst things to base an offense off of. It is something that should come naturally in a good offensive system, and should only be stressed if you don't have good spacing.

    I would say the same thing about ball movement, but the NBA is so much about isos, egos and such that good consistent ball movement is hard to find in the league. It is something that should come natural in a good offensive system, but it needs to be stressed because there aren't many teams that have good ball movement.

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    Last time we had a young Pacer say he wants to be like Reggie...we've all been disappointed.............





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    As far as I suck up any information i can get on Collision i only get to hear/read positiv things, I'm so ****ing hyped but what is the catch?

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    Last time we had a young Pacer say he wants to be like Reggie...we've all been disappointed.............





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    Then again, it's kind of an unspoken requirement that any young guard joining the Pacers has to give Reggie a shoutout.

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    [QUOTE=Eleazar;1049975]Spacing the court is one of the worst things to base an offense off of. It is something that should come naturally in a good offensive system, and should only be stressed if you don't have good spacing.


    I would say it has worked out pretty well for the Spurs throughout the years. It doesn't work here because our players aren't disciplined enough to make it effective (and our pgs haven't bought into it). They don't fire the 3 ball like we do, but their coach is also a step above ours.

    In fact, I would argue that court spacing is what the majority of NBA systems are based upon. It's what is done once the spacing is accomplished that makes the difference.

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    Last time we had a young Pacer say he wants to be like Reggie...we've all been disappointed.............





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    Then again, it's kind of an unspoken requirement that any young guard joining the Pacers has to give Reggie a shoutout.
    Odds are, most of these players are just trying to connect with what they know about the Pacers, and that's Reggie.

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    From how I'm reading it, Collison never mentioned Reggie. He said he wants to make the post season and wants to win. Mike Wells is the one who made the connection that Reggie had the same mentality and that they both went to UCLA. This is just supposed to create hype.

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    Inspector Kemp: Vee had better confeerm de fect dat Yunk Collizon iss indeed VALLOWING EEN RRRRREGGIE MEELARRRR'S VOOTSHTAPS.

    Villagers: What?

    Inspector Kemp: Following in Reggie Miller's footsteps, footsteps, footsteps.

    Villagers: Ohhh. Footsteps.
    And I won't be here to see the day
    It all dries up and blows away
    I'd hang around just to see
    But they never had much use for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Putnam View Post
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    Inspector Kemp: Vee had better confeerm de fect dat Yunk Collizon iss indeed VALLOWING EEN RRRRREGGIE MEELARRRR'S VOOTSHTAPS.

    Villagers: What?

    Inspector Kemp: Following in Reggie Miller's footsteps, footsteps, footsteps.

    Villagers: Ohhh. Footsteps.
    That's Frahnkunshteen.

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    O'Brien should know. Collison dropped a triple-double (18 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists) on the Pacers in February.
    He darn near dropped a quadruple-double on 'em......
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    As far as I suck up any information i can get on Collision i only get to hear/read positiv things, I'm so ****ing hyped but what is the catch?
    There's not much negativity around him at all. If you need a bit:

    * only 6 ft tall with a slight build. Could wear down, can be shot over and powered thru

    * did not have superstar college career, so level of rookie success is surprising

    * his wowzer starter numbers were from less than a half season. The NBA may still figure him out

    * his accurate shot has quirky mechanics, is he really as good of a shooter as he appears?

    * the hornets did not win much when he started

    Ah, this is reaching. Only real concern is whether his run last year was just a partial season hot streak. Happens. Heck, the Pacers had a 6 year deal witha half season wonder boy.

    But honestly, this kid looks great. Young, loves to play, somewhere between very solid and all-star level. Pop open that beer.

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    There's not much negativity around him at all. If you need a bit:

    * only 6 ft tall with a slight build. Could wear down, can be shot over and powered thru

    * did not have superstar college career, so level of rookie success is surprising

    * his wowzer starter numbers were from less than a half season. The NBA may still figure him out

    * his accurate shot has quirky mechanics, is he really as good of a shooter as he appears?

    * the hornets did not win much when he started

    Ah, this is reaching. Only real concern is whether his run last year was just a partial season hot streak. Happens. Heck, the Pacers had a 6 year deal witha half season wonder boy.

    But honestly, this kid looks great. Young, loves to play, somewhere between very solid and all-star level. Pop open that beer.
    Here's the great part about this deal. We have, essentially, 3 years to figure out if he's real or not, and the cost of those three years - $5,136 - is $322 less than Jamaal Tinsley's cap figure for the upcoming season.

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    As far as I suck up any information i can get on Collision i only get to hear/read positiv things, I'm so ****ing hyped but what is the catch?
    He darn near dropped a quadruple-double on 'em......
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    Spacing the court is one of the worst things to base an offense off of.


    It is something that should come naturally in a good offensive system, and should only be stressed if you don't have good spacing.
    You don't have good spacing if you don't base your offense around it in the first place. You have to constantly strive for it.

    I would say the same thing about ball movement, but the NBA is so much about isos, egos and such that good consistent ball movement is hard to find in the league. It is something that should come natural in a good offensive system, but it needs to be stressed because there aren't many teams that have good ball movement.
    Funny enough, Jim's offense the past couple of years here in Indiana has been a motion, passing offensive.

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    "I want to follow Reggie's footsteps."

    Nothing to see here, this is standard fare for all new Pacers players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellifluous View Post
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    I'm not disappointed.
    For his career Reggie shot .395 on 3's.
    Last year Brandon shot .411 on 3's.

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