And I'm on your side, don't get me wrong. I think AJ should get those minutes based on how both have played thus far. But the only way to find out if Lance can make it at the NBA level is to let the kid play in actual games.
And yes, I'm aware that could cost us games. It's not a good feeling, and it's a tough decision, but that's how you find out if he can make it or not.
Stop quoting people I have on ignore!
Why exactly are we so intent on finding out if a second round pick can make it in the NBA while we are 6-2? Do you think the Bulls are concerning themselves with this sort of thing? If Lance is going to make it, he'll make it. No one did AJ Price any favors and force fed him minutes. Why does Lance get that benefit? Right now AJ is out playing him. AJ out played him last year as well. AJ has out played him every time he has gotten the chance.
Last edited by Trader Joe; 01-08-2012 at 01:03 AM.
Exactly what I was gonna say. We have to stop thinking this way. Team is ready to compete now. Winning games should be the top priority. Keeping our guys healthy/rested is also important, so get guys minutes that way.
Is there such anincrease in talent and skill with AJ has over Lance that it actually makes such a huge difference? Gimme a break. Plus it's not like Frank can't yank one or the other out whenever he wants. I trust Frank to make the right choices with his bench.
It feels good to trust the coach Try it!
Yes, there is a huge talent difference in the sense that Price keeps the ball moving, while Lance kills the flow of the offense.
You guys might scoff at this, but highest +/- of the night? AJ Price.
Cool, well Lance's highest +/- of the season is +1.
Is there a good reason for Lance to be backup point guard other than "finding out what we have"? Might as well give Pendergraph Foster's minutes then.
No one has said it's going to cost us games, but I'm making the argument it won't help us win them. While I think AJ, will.
Let's just replace their names for a second and let's call them "Plays within the offense and keeps the ball moving" and "Needs the ball in his hands, and likes to throw the final pass"
I guess another thing to keep in mind is that apparently he looks really good in practice pretty often. As we learned with Jonathan Bender, that doesn't promise a thing, but it would help to explain why they would want to keep giving him looks: To keep giving his game a chance to 'catch fire' when it matters in a way that doesn't necessarily jeopardize much in terms of winning/losing games. Low risk, high reward.
I trust Frank just fine. I just don't trust Larry. He gets stubborn about something and he sticks too it.
Larry didn't get as much heat as he should have over the JOB fiasco.
This choice, so long as it's permanent (who knows, they could just be seeing how Lance does for a month, and if it's not well than go back to AJ) is not going to be a huge deal, but it's got the potential to hurt the Pacers.
You lose in Boston without Price. Lance is a liability on both sides of the ball. But I agree, he doesn't lose games. He just doesn't give you the potential to help win them, unlike Price. The team has just looked better these past two games. It's a better ten to play.
But as TraderJoe said, I don't know why AJ Price has to prove every season that he's at worst, the second best point guard on the roster. It has to be old..
And at this point it's not that it's just unfair to AJ. It's unfair to DC, who has to play more minutes than he should because Lance can't play PG at an adequate level. It's unfair to Hill, who has to take on a larger role with Lance, instead of doing what he's most comfortable with. And it's unfair to Frank, who doesn't get to play the player that's most likely to help him win, of the two - and the combination of players that'll help him win.
I don't believe that is 100% accurate..
What kills the flow of offense was rotating Lance and Dahntay in close to the same time..
Don't let the illusion fool you, lol, but that was mostly Dahntay stalling the offensive flow.. At least that is what I witnessed in those games...
He led all the point guards (on our team) and was fourth on the team in +/- last season
He led all rookie's in +/- his his rookie season.
Since he's been a Pacer, they're over .500 in games where AJ has played contributing minutes. (IE, not the last quarter in a 30 point blowout), and that's not getting into quite a few games Price has almost won for the Pacers.
Not that there's a pattern or anything.
edit: Then why doesn't it stop the flow when Dahntay's in with Price?
This forum is full of drama queens.......
as has been the case with every forum since the dawn of the internet. I get it.
Anyhow, I like AJ too, but mostly I agree with the sentiment that this move is hardly a game changer. If Larry Bird thinks the kid deserves a chance, then the kid should get a chance. AJ's had (and will continue to have) his.
Start complaining when/if Lance actually costs us a game or two. Even if he does, that may still be a small (ahem) price to pay if the development eventually leads to us winning games in the future.
Last edited by spazzxb; 01-08-2012 at 02:02 AM.
Why can't the Pacers just stop playing Dahntay and give his minutes to AJ/Lance? Would that not be the best situation?
Dahntay hurts Lance IMO when Lance looked his best was this lineup the other night. He needs to not be on the floor as the same time. They are a terrible combo together on offense and the offense gets stagnate.
He played good with both of those units. I would like to see him play with those units and also one with Foster at C that will help Lance IMO and help the team.
But Djones and Lance together=
Team's tank in January? We were around .500 then too.
edit: Anyway, it's silly to argue. You'd have to be blind not to see that Price helps this team far more than Lance does. Whether you like his "game" or not is irrelevant. He's a very good floor general and that's needed in the second unit. It hurts the team to play Lance instead. But if that's the way Larry wants to go, then he can have fun explaining that to the rest of the team.
Last edited by Sookie; 01-08-2012 at 02:15 AM.
This thread has become majorly silly.
PACERS ARE 6-2!!
PACERS ARE 6-2!!