THE 'BURBS - I think it's funny that some fans immediately put the Pacers in the playoffs after they acquired Darren Collison.
Darren Collison is just one piece - a giant piece I might add - but they've still got some work to do if they expect to end their four-year postseason drought.
No matter what you thought of Troy Murphy's defensive flaws, the Pacers will have to find a way to make up for the 11.0 rebounds he averaged the past two seasons. Roy Hibbert was second in rebounds at 5.7 last season.
That won't get it done. Pacers officials know it, too.
As one Pacers official said, "Rome wasn't built overnight."
"We're not good enough right now... So we have to take a hard look and see where we're at," Pacers president Larry Bird told AOL FanHouse during the Hall of Fame induction weekend. "If there's some opportunity, we're going to be involved in it.''
The blue and gold need a power forward.
Coach Jim O'Brien will probably play Danny Granger there at times, but there's no way Granger can play that position on a regular basis for an entire season.
Part of the problem is that the Pacers still don't know what Tyler Hansbrough will be able to do for them because last year's first-round pick is still limited to non-contact drills.
Jeff Foster, who only played in 16 games last season, also is not taking part in contact drills as he works his way back from back surgery.
I'll be on vacation until Sept. 1.