PD's basketball board is just about as polarized right now as the Politics board was two weeks ago.
There's a camp that says the Pacers can't win a title without Artest. And when I watch him play when he's focused, I can understand why people believe that. I think its a one-dimensional/ superficial view of a complex task - its not like the Pacers have shown us a championship blueprint since the Slick/George/Mel/Rahjah days, but I really do understand why people make that argument.
Then there's a camp that says the Pacers can't win a title with him. Even if he doesn't have another 'meltdown' at a critical time, which would be a surprise to many, his coaches and teammates probably expect him to do so, and that weighs heavily on the team. Wouldn't we all prefer Rick was spending all his time designing a championship gameplan than dealing with disruptions?
I guess what we either all agree that the Pacers just aren't going to win a championship anytime soon, whether they keep Ron or trade him?
Or we all agree they'll definitely win one this season, either way?
I just can't figure out which camp gets the blue states, and which camp gets the red states.