Right up front I want to deal with something Uncle Buck said in another thread. I had proclaimed Joe D the best G.M. because he was willing to take risks. U.B. then posted the following.
"Let me first make sure we are talking about Sheed, right. That is who we are talking about. OK.
A RISK, You are suggesting acquiring Sheed for nothing is a risk. I am blown away that you would think that. As soon as the trade went down I started a thread that strongly stated that the Pistons were now the best team in the east. There was no risk involved, zero.
If the pacers would have acquired Sheed for players they did not want anyways, I would have been dancing in the streets
A risk, I don't give Joe D any credit for that, that was a no brainer.
Joe D. is a good GM.
But Sheed was not a risk"
Ok for my first question of this post who here agrees with this statement.
Now before we move along & just accept U.B.'s logic based on Sheed's talent let's discuss who we are talking about.
This is the same Rasheed Wallace that was ejected from the McDonald high school all-American game (Oh if only Bender could have done this how history would have changed).
This is the same Wallace that was suspended for seven games for threatening a referee outside the Rose Garden.
This is the same Wallace that was arrested for drug possesion charges the year before.
This is the same Wallace that as a rookie in Washington was arrested & plead to abuse of his former girlfriend.
This is the same Wallace that set the league record for technical fouls & ejections.
This is the same Wallace that was suspended by his own team after he threw a towel in the face of one of his team mates (Sabonis) during a fourth quarter of a close game.
This is the same Wallace that threw a basketball the length of the court hitting his team mate in the head (on purpose) & knocking him unconsciouse & then ran off giggling like a little school girl.
I've decided to not put in the parts about him talking about the white establishement of the NBA or being pulled over multiple times for driving while suspended & without insurance.
Wallace is one hell of a basketball player & as it turned out he worked out great for the Pistons. But it was not a riskless trade. If he would have come in with carefree attitude or caused any of the same old legal issues it could just have easily have blown up in Dumars face.
I'll get to the main question now & yes I'm sure this will degenerate into an argument about Artest although I hope it doesn't.
Is it possible for a player to be such a distraction off of the court & even on the court that he is a detriment to a team?
NO, I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT RON ARTEST HERE! I'm talking Wallace.
Ok, moving on.
Rebounding has become an issue on this team, actually if I'm not mistaken we are the worst rebounding team in the NBA.
Question # 2.
Wasn't this a problem for Rick's team up in Detroit? For some reason I seem to remembe that Ben Wallace was a hell of a rebounder but as a team we seemed to get whatever we wanted.
Question # 3. (part of # 2)
Is it possible that Rick's ideas of not making the guards board be part of the problem? What good is transition defense when they still go right down & get whatever shot they want?
Question # 4.
What is the main flaw of our offense right now?
Question # 5.
What is the main flaw of our defense right now?
Question # 6.
Should Rick further explore lineup changes or is stability more important to the team right now?
Question # 7.
Is it Reggie or the coaching staff that is making him defer? I have my opinion on this but what is yours?
Question # 8.
Is ball movement or player movement more important in the offensive setting?
Question # 9. (this is a big one btw)
U.B. has stated his preferance to the low post inside/outside offense because it's impact (thanks Jay) My question is when did this become the way of the NBA? For you old timers out there that remember the 60's, 70's, 80's & 90's of the NBA when did this inside/outside isolation crap become successfull? I seem to think it was the 94 season & the first team to use it to this extent was the Rockets. I mean the Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Blazers, Pistons, etc. never used this a primary offense in their heydays. Or did they? So officially when did this become envouge to use?
Question # 10.
Who is in charge of the Pacers on floor product? We had this debate a lot last season & a lot in the off-season. Does anybody still think Bird is the actual man in charge?
That's all for now & please for the love of God don't let this degenerate into a Ron Artest is God/Devil post.