Can we agree that the Pacers have made the Bulls look really bad?
Chad Ford (1:13 PM)
I don't see it that way. I think the Pacers are much better than people have given them credit for. They're deep, balanced and play really, really hard. They're just young, lost a lot of focus under Jim O'Brien and they lack a true superstar to take over in the 4th Quarter. They should be up 2-0 on the Bulls -- but that's not because the Bulls have played poorly. If Pacers could find a way to get a true star who could get his own shot ... they'd be title contenders in the East
. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of talent in the FA market or in the trade market to see exactly where that guy is coming from.
Kyle (almond, ny)
How close to contending do you think the Pacers are? I really like their young pieces. Everyone they have is still young.
Chad Ford (1:35 PM)
They need more help on the boards. A long athletic rebounder would help them a lot. And they need a guy who can create off the dribble and get his own shot.
Down the road, Paul George may be that guy. But that's probably another year or two away. What's crazy is all the talk that the Pacers need a front office change with Larry Bird and David Morway's contracts up. It's nuts. They've done a terrific job of building a team with middling draft picks, smart contracts and an eye toward depth and chemistry. Few GMs resumes will stack up to what they've done.
chad,I think Rick Adelman would be the perfect hire for Joe D in Detroit...thoughts??
Chad Ford (1:37 PM)
He's going to get a lot of looks. Lakers (if Phil's gone), Detroit, Indiana
. He's so respected. I'm a bit surprised Houston pulled the plug. I look at the Rockets weak roster and I see they won 43 games in the West and I think they must have a helluva coach.
Chad, is the Rockets job a good job? Morey seems to really be a high-maintainence GM to deal with.
Chad Ford (1:38 PM)
The word is that they've been in hot pursuit of Mike Brown. Makes sense if the Rockets feel like they need to start emphasizing defense. But Houston won't be the only guy after Brown. Detroit and Indiana will also be in play.