Q. I've been reading on a few websites (NBA.com, ESPN.com) that the Pacers are "a team in turmoil." Is this true? (Ron) Artest has always been a volcano waiting to erupt, and Stephen Jackson's history isn't exactly flawless. Do you think they'll be stable enough to contend for the title? (From Zach in Chicago)
A. There have been no signs of anything remotely resembling turmoil. Quite the contrary, in fact. Virtually every veteran player has come back in superb shape. Most reported at least a week early. The younger players and rookies have been in town even longer for informal workouts and scrimmages. No one's unhappy with his role, no one wants to be traded, no one is holding out over a contract dispute and no one is injured. Thus far, this has been one of the most upbeat training camps I can remember.
The world seems to be waiting for Artest to erupt, but the world was largely disappointed last year. His one flareup in the conference finals was unfortunate, but it wasn't exactly a meltdown. He made great strides in terms of controlling his emotions last season and should only continue to improve in that area. It's no secret Jackson wasn't happy in Atlanta last season, but it was because he was frustrated by the losing environment. He has said and done all the right things since joining the Pacers, but everyone is aware he is a player who has tended to wear his emotions on his sleeve. And that's not always a bad thing. Most teams would rather have a few players who care too much about winning than the alternative.
Suprised no one had posted this , wait no I am not ..it would be another refute that things maybe not as bad as some would like to paint thing