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Pacers keep battling but can't catch Cavs

There are 34 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Mar 27, 2007, titled Pacers keep battling but can't catch Cavs. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle probably walked a mile Tuesday night pacing the sideline clapping his hands, urging his team to continue playing hard.

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playa

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Mar 28, 2007
I vote for Mark Jackson
Bill in Sarasota

Schaumburg, IL

#2 Mar 28, 2007
He gets my vote also!
Prof Johnson

AOL

#3 Mar 28, 2007
Just get rid of the coach
Reality SPEAKS

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Mar 28, 2007
ARE YOU KIDDING: Tinsley was talking about competing?? He's one of the laziest and has one of the worst attitudes I've ever seen...

Jermaine looks slow and sluggish; he needs to just quit and heal...But he's always hurt...

Get rid of Carlisle, Bird and Walsh: a terrible trinity of losers...Trade Murphy, and Dunleavy to a team in El Salvador..
Trade O'neal to the Lakers for 3 good players..
Take Tinsley to the Peashake house and leave him....

We need players who will hustle and has some talent...Murphy, Dunleavy, and the other guy from Golden State are worthless..
eli

United States

#5 Mar 28, 2007
First : Please fire Rick C.
Second: The "Tin-man" and Marquis appeared twice at court yesterday (one legal)!
Three : Rich Nye of channel 13 almost lost all his teeth in the locker room when he asked Troy a stupid question ... "does losing hurt" ! Troy looked at him as to say not as much as having criminal team mates and a loser coach !!!!!
Cincy1cats

Johnston, IA

#6 Mar 28, 2007
Jermaine O'neal is always hurt because he carries the entire team every game. Your back and body would hurt you too. From the front office ,to the coach, to most of the players on the team, they are worthless!!!!!
Redneck in Carmel

Carmel, IN

#7 Mar 28, 2007
The good thing about losing so much is that the Spacers should get a higher draft pick.

But with current management, they'll somehow manage to blow that too and still end up with mostly under-achieving, highly-paid, dregs.
Hoosier Sammy

Florence, KY

#8 Mar 28, 2007
Isn't it cute the way the Pacers are trying to make us believe they have not tanked the season. Granger's interview at last night's game was unbelievably funny. He was working so hard to make it sound like one the Pacers were not tossing games to save the draft pick and two that he really believes this is a good team. The heck with Peyton I say Granger should host Saturday Night Live or become the black comic on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.

Just tell the truth Pacers! You are trying to win like I am trying to give all my money away to charity. And if I am wrong and these guys really think they are worth the ticket price then we are in more serious trouble then we thought.

This entire organization is in total disarray. Bird, Walsh and Carlisle have to leave. The city no longer respects them nor do we think they have any idea how to fix this mess.

FSI should sue for breach of contract as I am sure they thought they were buying rights to an NBA broadcast and are now stuck with a turkey that soon will be the cheapest advertising on the market. In fact FSI would be the cities hero if they just swallowed the contract and stopped televising games. This city has been embarrassed enough by the Pacers and Indiana is no linger interested in being the Simons' personal cash cow.

Pacers are an embarrassment to an otherwise fine State and fine people.
steve

Bartlett, IL

#9 Mar 28, 2007
It is definitely time to start over.
Fire up the dozer and clear the debris. Walsh and Bird will be busy this offseason, but really, the bigger question is, "should they even be there this offseason". To all the Rick Carlisle backers,(if there are any) NO, he really cannot coach!!!
Itchy trigger finger

Carmel, IN

#10 Mar 28, 2007
"Playoffs!!!!....Playoffs !!???...Who said anything about Playoffs!!?? Playoffs!!??" As spoken by another...uh...Indiana coach? Bye bye Ricky..hope your next tenure is more rewarding.
Itchy trigger finger

Carmel, IN

#11 Mar 28, 2007
Hey--how about Reggie Miller as coach (and cheerleader), Bobby Leonard as GM, and Larry Brown as President and CEO. If you object, remember that just about anything is better than what we have.
Mr Verity

Whitestown, IN

#12 Mar 28, 2007
Hoosier Sammy wrote:
This city has been embarrassed enough by the Pacers and Indiana is no linger interested in being the Simons' personal cash cow.
Couple of things.

Sammy, I've got a feeling that the embarrassment this city feels about the Pacers is going to continue for at least three years. And we're probably in for a season in the NBA cellar before we rebound. The Pacers' image is very bad now, but look out for the day when we think of them not as lazy, underachieving thugs but as hapless losers.

Second, the Simons are not making money on the Pacers this year. They didn't make any money for the first several years in the mid-80s either, and I'm sure that over the course of their ownership, the ROI on the Pacers will turn out to be a decisions they wouldn't have made without their sense of civic duty. I agree with you that the Pacers organization needs lots more change, but I believe the Simons are good owners and don't deserve criticism.
The blame has to stop somewhere, and I think it stops with Walsh, Bird and Morway.

“Say no to HILLARY ”

Since: Mar 07

Westfield, Indiana

#13 Mar 28, 2007
You mean the Pacers had a game?
pacers_who

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Mar 28, 2007
who are the pacers? i've lived in indy my whole life and i'm pretty sure the pacers left town about 10 years ago. i have an old pacers shirt i wear when i do yard work though.
Tom

AOL

#15 Mar 28, 2007
"They outplayed us"??? No kidding...who doesn't?
retired hooper

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Mar 28, 2007
We you can put the words Pacers and pea shake house in the same sentence, you know you have a screwed up city......thats some funny stuff! Maybe Tinsley and Sweet pea should switch places.
Pacer fan Norway

Stavanger, Norway

#17 Mar 28, 2007
steve wrote:
It is definitely time to start over.
Fire up the dozer and clear the debris. Walsh and Bird will be busy this offseason, but really, the bigger question is, "should they even be there this offseason". To all the Rick Carlisle backers,(if there are any) NO, he really cannot coach!!!
Seriously Steve; You can't win as much as Rick has if you cannot coach. Even though I'm very much against it I realize that he will probably coach elsewhere next season. I bet you the team he coaches will become one of the best in the NBA. The talent level of these Pacers are probably the worst in the league. I blame hopeless trades and bad contracts on management, not the coach. This team has no real leader on the court. Jermaine wants to be, but he ain't. Now he plays great individual games so that someone wants to trade for him in the offseason. I'm not even going to mention the point guard who is playing only because the Pacers are afraid they will be stuck with him for the rest of his contract if they bench him.
The rest of this roster is bench players for every other team in the league (maybe Granger or Dunleavy could have fought their way into starter duties in Boston or Memphis). You could put Red Auerbach, Wooden, Phil Jackson, Pop or any other coach into this mess and they would fail. I say management have failed and should be the ones to take the fall!
Mr Verity

Whitestown, IN

#18 Mar 28, 2007
Itchy trigger finger wrote:
Hey--how about Reggie Miller as coach (and cheerleader), Bobby Leonard as GM, and Larry Brown as President and CEO. If you object, remember that just about anything is better than what we have.
I agree with your last sentence. I've never seen Carlisle in the locker room or during practice, but I've heard him talk enough to form an opinion. On the radio he sounds like a dithering dumbhead. He is not as articulate as the typical high school coach. He is not as articulate as I am. So I find it hard to believe he is irreplaceable, even if he is a whiz with the Xs and Os.

But, please, let's talk sensible. Reggie doesn't want to coach, and has always been forthright about that. Slick Leonard has never shown a talent for managing, and he is a very old man. Larry Brown knows basketball, so why do you want to put him in a job where he spends his time away from the court?
eli

United States

#19 Mar 28, 2007
Pacer fan Norway wrote:
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Seriously Steve; You can't win as much as Rick has if you cannot coach. Even though I'm very much against it I realize that he will probably coach elsewhere next season. I bet you the team he coaches will become one of the best in the NBA. The talent level of these Pacers are probably the worst in the league. I blame hopeless trades and bad contracts on management, not the coach. This team has no real leader on the court. Jermaine wants to be, but he ain't. Now he plays great individual games so that someone wants to trade for him in the offseason. I'm not even going to mention the point guard who is playing only because the Pacers are afraid they will be stuck with him for the rest of his contract if they bench him.
The rest of this roster is bench players for every other team in the league (maybe Granger or Dunleavy could have fought their way into starter duties in Boston or Memphis). You could put Red Auerbach, Wooden, Phil Jackson, Pop or any other coach into this mess and they would fail. I say management have failed and should be the ones to take the fall!
Hey Norway Fan , April 15 is the day (every year) that reminds us of the sinking of the greatest sea disaster of all time : the "Titanic" !!!
I believe the Captain of the ship was the one most responsible for it sinking ! Of course he was under duress from the owners to reach New York in a "speedy manner" , but he alone the one was responsible for this mighty vessel reaching its destination!
In the same way Coach Rick C. is responsible for reaching the playoffs and he has failed to do so; he has failed' he has failed' he has failed!
Unlike the Captain on the Titanic Rick C. will not "go down with the ship", but he will leave all others drowning at the bottom of the N.B.A. East !

p.s. he failed at Detroit , they ran him out of town
Steve

Mansfield, IL

#20 Mar 28, 2007
Foster was out there too long. It's clear he was dragging himself up and down the court. We all saw it. I don't know why none of the coaches did.
Jermaine is playing his heart out although he is injured too. Bottom line, they can't stop anyone. Worst defensive Pacer team I've ever seen.

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