Jerrod Neal · Labor Relations Specialist at Ohio Nurses Association
Let me start off by saying that I am a "Die Hard" Pacers fan and think the Pacers are the best team in basketball! I also believe baring a major injury they will finally win their 1st NBA Championship this year.
Now let me get to the two other things that's driving me crazy. 1) Paul George. Although he has come a long way and will consistently be (in two more years) a long time top 5 NBA ball player, right now he lacks focus and discipline! You cannot play ball trying to be cool! Making lazy passes because he doesn't bend his knees before he makes the pass! Too often at critical times trying to dribble between two players as oppose to waiting on a pick to go around the defensive player or simply just pass, cut and maybe get the ball back for an easier shot. And the thing that he still has to learn, is you cannot wait until the 2nd half of the game to play ball; you have to be in attack mode from the opening tip! I'm a LeBron hater; but one thing I will say about LeBron, he brings it 90% of the time. Paul George stop playing with that thing on your wrist and focus on not trying to force a bounce pass between two people! Or putting the ball above your head when the double team is coming! Or making a basketball move standing straight up! Simple, fundamental basketball plays wins games!
2) George Hill! Real nice kid from the community and a good addition to the Pacers team; but he is a back up Point Guard! You cannot be careless with the basketball and not know when to attack your opponent playing PG! You cannot pass the ball 20 feet away, at an angle and not expect the ball to be stolen! Before you make a pass you quickly survey the surroundings of the person you're throwing the ball to; you have to know when to dribble or reposition yourself to get a better angle to make the pass or you simply bring the ball back out and go in a different direction! You have to be vocal and lead your team! That doesn't mean you have to get in a guys face all the time (See Chauncey Billups); but he has to be a lot more assertive than he currently is! George Hill is not the answer at starting PG! Too many, like Paul George, critical mistakes at the wrong time! Your PG can't do that and it's time to seek a starting PG who will be more vocal, more assertive, know when to make the right pass and not wilt under pressure like George Hill too frequently does!
With all that said, they'll still beat the heat when that time comes and still are the best team in the NBA! Just think how good they'll be if some of that stuff I just mentioned gets cleaned up!
Roy Hibbert close your mouth and just play!