Ding dong....the witch is dead...the wicked witch is dead!!!
Thank the good Lord and whoever REALLY inspired Larry Bird to fire JOB. As good a coach that JOB 'appeared' to be with his SYSTEM, he didn't have the 'common sense' to manage games better nor the common sense on when to substitute nor the common sense on how to develop Pacer young talent (who are obviously MORE superior athletically to the scrubs that were playing major minutes and losing games). I like Frank's attitude and philosophy of playing his young athletic talent because he knows (even if they make mistakes) they'll be playing hard and will make us more athletic on the court. As we all saw, Paul George helped us close out the Raptors when his above-average athleticism (long arms & quickness)
And, you CAN'T tell me that not ACTIVATING Lance Stephenson for the entire season has been good for his development. How many NBA teams do we SEE playing their young studs to give them real game experience which allows them to determine what will work and what will not work against NBA level talent. And, please don't give me the 'defense' argument when you have slow-twitch, one-dimensional, scrubs playing major minutes every night. We all saw Lance's silky smooth jump shot in preseason, his ultra competitive spirit when on the basketball court, and his toughness to go to the rim (knowing he's going to get free throws) whenever the opportunity presented itself.
C'mon Larry.....keep drafting studs but ENSURE your HC will develop and play them. We'd rather watch super athletic players balling and competing at a high level every night than slow-twitch dudes that 'understand the coach's system' but are unathletic, can't defend, can't shoot over 40% most nights, and lose almost every night. Heck, even Danny Granger looks like he's mentally 'given-up' due to all of the LOSING from playing for a FRANCHISE who had a coach that has NO idea on how to develop it's young athletic players. JOB took all of the FUN out of playing basketball for the players and took all of the fun out of watching basketball for the FANS!!!!