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Rule #1

Pacers Digest is intended to be a place to discuss basketball without having to deal with the kinds of behaviors or attitudes that distract people from sticking with the discussion of the topics at hand. These unwanted distractions can come in many forms, and admittedly it can sometimes be tricky to pin down each and every kind that can rear its ugly head, but we feel that the following examples and explanations cover at least a good portion of that ground and should at least give people a pretty good idea of the kinds of things we actively discourage:

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We also dissuade passive aggressive behavior. This can be various things, but common examples include statements that are basically meant to imply someone is either stupid or otherwise incapable of holding a rational conversation. This can include (but is not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions rather than offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is Poster X will say "that player isn't that bad" and then Poster Y will say something akin to "LOL you think that player is good". We're not going to tolerate those kinds of comments out of respect for the community at large and for the sake of trying to just have an honest conversation.

Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

That all having been said, our goal is to do so in a generally kind and respectful way, and that doesn't mean the moment we see something we don't like that somebody is going to be suspended or banned, either. It just means that at the very least we will probably say something about it, quite possibly snipping out the distracting parts of the post in question while leaving alone the parts that are actually just discussing the topics, and in the event of a repeating or excessive problem, then we will start issuing infractions to try to further discourage further repeat problems, and if it just never seems to improve, then finally suspensions or bans will come into play. We would prefer it never went that far, and most of the time for most of our posters, it won't ever have to.

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Odd Thoughts: Battled the NBA Champs with heart and passion but lost in the end

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  • #16
    Doyel: Myles Turner has tried to tell us what he is and what he’s not. Time to listen.

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Milwaukee Bucks have the Indiana Pacers’ number, and No. 34 is why.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo had a near-triple-double – 30 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists – and the Bucks built an 18-point lead before holding off the Indiana Pacers 119-109 Monday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

    Malcolm Brogdon scored 25 points and Domantas Sabonis 21 for the Pacers (1-3). Chris Duarte, the NBA’s top rookie scorer, added 18 and is at 19.8 ppg.

    INDIANAPOLIS – Myles Turner will never be the player we want him to be. After six years, it’s time to stop waiting. An All-Star? Turner? That’s the ceiling we envisioned, the potential we saw.

    Turner has tried to tell us otherwise for six years with the Indiana Pacers, but not with words. The only person more wrong than we’ve been about Myles Turner ... is Myles Turner. He thinks he can score 40 points on any given night. He thinks he should get more touches.

    Myles Turner doesn’t know who he is, which is the problem. He thinks he’s great, when what he is – what he’s always been – is pretty good. Nothing wrong with being a pretty good NBA player. Look what it’s gotten Turner: more than $72 million in career earnings when this contract ends in 2023, and he’ll still be just 27 years old. Before he’s done, he’ll earn a couple hundred million.

    Maybe that’s why he gets confused.

    We don’t have that excuse. It’s his money, not ours, and besides, everyone makes silly money these days. We know it doesn’t mean much. Solomon Hill left the Pacers in 2015 for $48 million, and hasn’t been heard from since. Luke Kennard has a $64 million contract. Jonathan Isaac’s contract goes for $80 million. Do you know where any of those guys are playing today?

    Money doesn’t make a player great. Greatness makes him great, and Myles Turner just teases greatness. Every now and then he’ll have a game where you think: Holy cow this guy is special. This past Friday he scored 40 points against the Washington Wizards, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked three shots, made five 3-pointers. Only six players in NBA history have reached those metrics: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and DeMarcus Cousins.

    Former MVP’s, future Hall of Famers…

    And Myles Turner.

    The Pacers played the next day. That was Saturday night, their home debut against the Miami Heat. Turner followed up his historic game in Washington, D.C., with four points and four rebounds against the Miami Heat. Not in the first quarter, silly. For the game.

    Then came Monday night, against Milwaukee. Coach Rick Carlisle benched Turner for the fourth quarter. He finished with five points, four rebounds and the single softest moment of his career.

    And that’s saying something.

    Rick Carlisle benched Myles Turner for ... Goga Bitadze?

    The first basket Myles Turner scored against Milwaukee, he was blocking out the Bucks’ Thanasis Antetokounmpo. Right, the other one. The Greek Freak’s brother. The shot bounces high off the rim and Turner, all 6-11 of him, goes up and taps it gently into the basket.

    The wrong basket. The Bucks’ basket.

    If it makes you feel any better, Turner wasn’t trying to score. He wasn’t confused, just incapable, grabbing at the rebound but instead bumping it into the rim, then smacking at his head with both hands in frustration. Turner’s been incapable quite a lot this season, mixing three incompetent games around that one night of shocking brilliance in Washington, D.C.

    Monday night, the Pacers’ 119-109 loss at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Turner scored almost as many points for the Bucks (two) as for the Pacers (five). Never mind rising to the challenge presented by Giannis Antetokounmpo. Turner was outplayed by Thanasis (eight points).

    And by Goga Bitadze.

    We all like Goga around here, right? Big personality, goofy, can shoot 3-pointers and block shots. He’s also the guy who told Pacers assistant Greg Foster to “sit the (bleep) down” last season, the seminal moment in a year where players hated coaches and coaches hated players and Rick Carlisle was brought in to clean stuff up.

    Four games into the season, Carlisle has sent a clear message to Myles Turner. After Bitadze played all 12 minutes of the fourth quarter, the first words of Carlisle’s opening statement were these:

    “The fourth quarter was encouraging,” he said of the only quarter Turner didn’t play.

    Asked about playing Bitadze and Sabonis together for the entire fourth quarter, Carlisle ignored Sabonis. Talked only about Bitadze.

    “Goga gave us a nice lift,” Carlisle said and continued for several sentences about Bitadze’s impact in a 10-point loss to a Milwaukee team missing three starters. Every word he said about Bitadze, every over-the-top compliment, was a message to Turner:

    Wake up.

    That’s what I heard. No telling what Turner heard. He’s the same guy this preseason who called himself a "20-point scorer" despite coming off a 12.6 ppg season that matches his 12.7 ppg career average.

    Same guy who scored 40 against Washington, matching the accomplishment of some of the greatest players in NBA history (and Cousins, who was heading for the Hall of Fame before an Achilles’ injury), and then had the temerity – the lack of self-awareness – to say this:

    “This is something that I want people to get accustomed to," Turner said of 40 points, 10 rebounds, five 3-pointers and three blocked shots. "I think this is the way I can play, night in and night out.”

    In the other three games this season, Turner has scored a total of 18 points. He has grabbed 15 rebounds. He has blocked eight shots and committed nine turnovers and gone 2-for-10 on 3-pointers. He was LeBron for a night in Washington, D.C., which is more than most people can say. But the other three nights he’s been Solomon Hill in Slovenia.

    Meanwhile, Goga Bitadze was challenging Giannis at the rim, at both ends, grabbing three offensive rebounds on one possession before scoring. Goga was going to the floor for a loose ball in the fourth quarter and getting into it with half the Bucks roster, drawing a joint technical foul with local guy George Hill of the Bucks. On that one play, Bitadze showed more disposition, posture and presence, to use Carlisle’s words for “toughness,” than Turner had shown all night.

    And this was after Turner had disappeared against the Heat, remember. Which came one day after he’d scored 40 against the Wizards and humbly told us to get “accustomed” to it. Because that’s the way he can play, night in and night out.

    Is anyone else thinking what I’m thinking? The iPhone has an emoji – you know, those silly little faces that convey emotion – that would fit perfectly right here.

    It’s a face. A green face. Poor little emoji, it just heard Myles Turner say we should get accustomed to his greatness. And that emoji’s about to be sick.

    Larry Bird once compared Myles Turner to Reggie Miller

    He’s a nice guy, Myles Turner. Never done a bad thing to me, or to anyone in this market. Not that I’ve heard about, anyway. That’s a reason – that’s the reason – you’ve not read a story like this from me, or from anybody, in his six-plus years here. We like nice people. We also like the way he blocks shots, more than anybody most seasons.

    But enough is enough.

    Larry Bird started this whole thing by declaring in 2017 that Turner is “going to be great. To me, I think he’s got a chance to be one of the best players or maybe the best player (in the franchise’s history). You’ve still got Paul (George) with a bunch of time left, too, and you had Reggie (Miller) here with all the other great ones. But being a 20-year-old and doing what this kid is doing just blows my mind.”

    Crazy words, but they echoed something then-Clippers coach Doc Rivers had said earlier that season:

    “Turner is going to be a superstar,” Rivers said. “I think no one will argue that. In fact, it will probably happen quicker than any of us thought. He’s special.”

    Nothing happened. Nothing different, anyway. For a player with shocking inconsistency – his point totals in four games this season: 9, 40, 4, 5 – Turner has been remarkably consistent. His scoring averages in six seasons: 10.3 ppg, 14.5, 12.7, 13.3, 12.1, 12.6.

    Over 36 minutes per game? He’s a metronome. These were his first four seasons: 16.3 ppg, 16.6, 16.2, 16.7. And over the past two, with Domantas Sabonis sharing time on the court, Turner’s scoring per 36 minutes has been 14.8 ppg, and 14.6.For six years he’s been trying to tell us what he is – and what he’s not – but Larry Bird told us to expect more, and at times we think we’ve seen it ourselves. He scored 30 points in the 2016-17 season-opener. That was exciting. The next time he reached 30? Friday in Washington, D.C.

    Five years later, is all.

    It’s time we come to grips with what Myles Turner is: A pretty good NBA player most nights, and two or three times a year a great one, but he’s more likely to disappear than dominate.

    Myles Turner is a disappointment, but he doesn’t have to be. Let’s accept what he is, and hope Pacers President Kevin Pritchard deals him before the rest of the league figures it out.
    So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.

    If you've done 6 impossible things today?
    Then why not have Breakfast at Milliways!


    • #17
      I'm sure that if I were a writer, I could've written this, my thoughts.
      So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.

      If you've done 6 impossible things today?
      Then why not have Breakfast at Milliways!


      • #18
        @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!


        • #19
          Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
          Man that brings me back to ABAdays and Bender.

          I sure do miss him.

          Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13


          • #20
            Is this a blessing in disguise? Could be.

            If Turner followed that 40pt game with, say, a 12/6 & 2 blocks, showing we wouldn't be having this conversation about him bc he would have merely slipped right back into invisibility. The problem is that he's been "occasionally good" on offense for years, that and his blocking prowess have kept him from feeling much heat.

            Consistency. We need to have consistency from that spot and if it's not him then it needs to come from elsewhere. I do believe the night to night inconsistentcy also manifests itself on a nightly level, even a play by play level, where he is simply incapable of doing more than being a sporadic hero while remaining invisible 90% of the time. At least with him, you know where his weaknesses are & why they are problems, and can compensate accordingly with your game plan and roster. That's harder to do when a guy just vanishes at times.

            There's a saying. Any NBA player is capable of scoring 30+ points. Most do it at some point or twice. I believe it was Vnzla that provided us with a career highlight game for Kyle Kuzma in which he scored 35. Good for Kuzma, but everyone (including Kuzma) knows that's an empty boast bc he won't do anything near that level on a consistent basis.

            Hate me for it if you want: Brogdon is not all NBA, by any means, and particularly frustrating on defense most nights, but what he does bring is a consistent performance, night in and night out, your gonna get 18-24 points, 5-7 assists and several rebounds. While both players would technically average about 20ppg, 'll take Brogdon over any guy that gives us 40 one night and 4 the next.

            So perhaps it's a good thing that his stellar performance was followed up by two duds, bringing this matter to the forefront. No he's not a bad player at all, he's above average in most respects and excellent in one skill... But with the makeup of this team and our needs, we're going to have to do better bc more important than the occasional highlight block, is consistency for an entire game/week/season, we need to find that.

            In a positive light: really excited to see Duarte and Levert on the floor together, we're going to have two legit creators, wildcards if you will, on the floor together and that is NOT something we're used to around here. It's possible that Duarte, Brogdon and Levert immediately make each other better by way of their various strengths (offensively and defensively), can't wait to see it.
            Last edited by OneMoreYear; 10-26-2021, 06:35 PM.


            • #21
              Holy **** if I didn't just write this and tune into 93.5 to hear the exact same thing


              • #22
                I DID write this.Three days ago.
                "Look, it's up to me to put a team around ... Lance right now." —Kevin Pritchard press conference


                • #23
                  Originally posted by McKeyFan View Post
                  I DID write this.Three days ago.
                  Indeed you did.

                  Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13