Williams' time arrives

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In the rotation. Out of the rotation. It appears Shawne Williams is about to get his chance to stay in the rotation.
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Likewedontknow

Jeffersonville, IN

#21 Jan 11, 2008
He'll be playing until he gets busted with Harrison for poking smot. Keep ckokin' em down boys.
Fell Down Funked Up

AOL

#22 Jan 11, 2008
Make it Personal wrote:
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Dang jerk....I know how the CBA goes..I know how you have to basically match up salaries within percentages of each others...I think J.O needs to go and the would have been smart to get rid of J.O thsi summer for Bynum, a couple of expiring contracts(Brown,etc) and the 19th pick! which they could have used to trade for another pick next year if they did not use it!
Actually, the deal fell apart because the Lakers didn't want to give up Bynum. It seems that the Pacers attempted to cobble together a deal that wasn't going to be a rerun of the disaster trade for Dunleavy and Murphy. The fact that the Pacers didn't make a deal that would have saddled them with worse players seems to have gone unnoticed.

I think that J.O. will opt out, and then the cap money will be there. With Harrison out the door (long before the suspension), and some actual draft picks next year, the rebuilding will be able to occur in earnest without taking on more stiffs like Murphy.
james

United States

#23 Jan 11, 2008
If he can stay out of trouble,that seems to be a hard thing for these Pacers to do.
MIkey Likesy Ikey

United States

#24 Jan 12, 2008
i just dont understand why the Pacers dont play Ike Diogu? im'a life-long LAker fan from L.A.(i know, booo) but from an outsider looking in, you have a jewel in Ike, when given minutes. you don't believe me then look at his minutes and production when given 20+ min. at Golden State, very serviceable numbers from a big man. you really want a stud then give this guy 30+ minutes, his numbers soar. oh yeah, these numbers were as a rookie and a 2nd year player, meaning a lot of room for improvement. but he cant do it with what, under 10 minutes a game?
i thought this was the year he would truly break-out but your coach/organization is not giving him the opportunity, instead giving guys like FOster the minutes??? dude is tired, too one-dimensional. give Ike time and i see around 8-9 boards with about 16-20 points with 2-3 combined blks/stls and very good percentages from a big guy, especially from the line. c'mon guys, give this guy minutes already!
why is Indiana so enamored with Foster anyways? im sorry to break it to ya but he is a bench player, not a starter. i dont get it. it used to be Croshere now its this guy. we had a guy last year, a young guy who didnt get enough minutes but showed flashes of brilliance. this year this young guy is getting a lot of run, and all of the sudden, we are looking at the next great LAker center. im sure you guys have heard of this young stud, "Andrew MF Bynum" as King Kobe referred to him in a parking lot. oh, and Kwame Brown, the equivalent of a tired Foster who used to get a lot of run, has mercifully been relegated to the bench. young studs need time to shine, not time to ride the pine. play the young guys already! let's go Indy!
BTW, Granger is a stud, JO is done, at least in Indy and is actually hurting the growth and value of Granger. unfortunately you missed your window of trading him at his peak but still, get rid of him already! go with the youth movement like the old Jail-Blazers did, today they are one of the best organizations and respected teams b/c they cut their losses and looked to the future. Indy should follow a similar vision and has some nice pieces in place to undertake a similar vision. peace people
Will Williamson

Mentor, OH

#25 Jan 12, 2008
Funny how the non-Hoosier types who migrate over to this board (and WHY?!? guess they have nothing better to do with their lives) leave out Dunleavy these days when they mention "bad trades". They keep mentioning Troy Murphy, used to mention them both. I find that humorous.
Another way of saying, there's nothing to regret in trading a goofball like "Jax" and Harrington for Dunleavy and Murphy and the potential of Ike - though it does just look like that POTENTIAL, likely to never fully bloom, still wasn't a bad "throw-in" with the deal nor was it a "bad trade" in general.
Also, I do understand the actual Hoosiers here who would like to get rid of Tinsley and JO in order to finalize the "fresh start" officially. However, both of them are nearly untradeable or certainly neither would fetch enough back to make this worth while.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#26 Jan 12, 2008
I think the bench should be equal opportunity. Danny, Shawne, Marquis, Kareem, Murphy, Dunleavy, Jermaine, etc ... have all had times this year where some pine time would have been helpful to their development.

Good to see Shawne playing to his strengths.Like many of the Pacers, they all need to practice harder individually and focus. Until they get better at being consistent, all the athleticism in the world won't help. Consistency is pretty important this year. We've really got it find the hard hat every night!

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