Mike Wells has a predictable article in the Star about the Pacers new run and gun offense. Though Wells says the Pacers won't exactly be the Phoenix Suns, he does give the impression the offense will change. He implies the Pacers did everything possible this summer to make the team more athletic and offensive oriented. Uh . . . no.
One, they brought back Al Harrington, who is a classic post player. That gives them two classic post players (with JO) that love to pound the ball. Two, while Phoenix is loaded with rangey shooters like Steve Nash, Shawn Marion, Boris Diaw, Leandro Barbosa, Raja Bell, James Jones and Eric Piatkowski, the Pacers have . . . Stephen Jackson? Three, we let our best athlete, Freddie Jones, go to the Raptors. Finally, and most critically, we re-upped Rick Carlisle, a man who exerted so much control over the Pistons that they had to bring in that paragon of free-wheeling play, Larry Brown to “open up the offense” (and win a championship).
We’ve heard it before with Isiah Thomas’ “quick offense.” Come talk to me about the Pacers offense in February. Until then color me skeptical.