Foster to rescue in relief for Pacers

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Indiana Pacers center Jeff Foster joked after Wednesday's game against Golden State that he felt like he was 41 years old in the first half because, as he put it, he was trying to get "his treadmill hamstrings ...
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rito81

Cincinnati, OH

#1 Jan 19, 2008
Why not play someone in fosters posistion more? year in and year out he has proven that when he is on the court, there is a tremendous amount of hustle and work being done. Now to me that is the winning attitude that this team needs. Almost similar to how Rik Smits came about. Jeff is a tremdendous talent and only needs to gain confidence in himself to become a second teir player in the NBA. He and his work ethic alone are one of the few reasons that I have not just dropped the NBA all together. I miss the days of old and Jeff is a throwback of some sorts in the fact that he just doesn't quit.
The Truth

Detroit, MI

#2 Jan 19, 2008
Maybe Oneal's injury is a blessing in disguise. Both Murphy and Foster play well in the up tempo game. They are active in the paint but don't stand inside expecting the ball like Oneal does. Plus they know how to move the ball around and keep the game moving. Oneal causes us to lose our rhythm and it hurts us on both ends of the court.
Foster is Fiesty and he works his backside off. Murphy can stretch a defense and is a very good trailer. I'm thinking of going to tonights game it should be fun to watch.
The Best

United States

#3 Jan 19, 2008
we need more players like Foster.... always ready, classy guy - other NBA players could take a page out of his book!
george

Milwaukee, WI

#4 Jan 19, 2008
your hustle guy, your guy that doesn't need the ball to be effective, your dirty work guy, your best rebounder gets 2 ninutes a game, hhhhmmmmmm. Wonder why there is a loosing streak?
pfft

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Jan 19, 2008
foster flat out works his tail off. another reason this guy should play more often and yes im going to say it, ahead of "our superstar" jo,jo should just get lost, he is always hurt and runs his mouth. thats one of many things this team lacks and thats a hard work ethic something that jo doesnt have!!!!!!!!!!
joe

Lexington, KY

#6 Jan 19, 2008
I think the Pacers tried to trade O`neal during the off season. But he could not pass a physcial.
He has same knee probles he had last year. We are stuck with him.Play 3 games set out one or two.
Why not have him come off the bench, limit his minutes to 10 to 15,then 30 minutes a game or more.He be playing more games that way, be beter help to the Pacers.
Randy

Evansville, IN

#7 Jan 19, 2008
Sit O'Neal and Tinsley for this game tonight and see how good this team can be now and in the future. I say run the basketball down the King's throats and see what happens.
A Mom

United States

#8 Jan 19, 2008
I am only a woman, but you have Mr. Hustle on your team and you only play him 2 minutes a game. Something wrong with the guy standing or kneeling on the sidelines, maybe we didn't better ourselves. Sure proving that way.
undisputed truth

Cincinnati, OH

#9 Jan 19, 2008
The treatment that Jeff Foster is getting is a bunch of crap. To relegate him to the end of the bench is an insult to a consummate professional who gives 110% every moment he's in the game.

Of course, I'd like him to have more of a scoring presence, but the Pacers have a plenty of prima donnas who are more than willing to take the shots that Jeff would get. I don't see them doing the little things like hustling for loose balls, taking charges, playing help defense, and never giving up on a rebound like Jeff does.....consistently and every night he's in the game.

Foster is a player who knows his limitations, adjusts to his role, and is a true team player....something that Jim O'Brien apparently doesn't want out on the floor.

And this BS about "small ball" and "big ball" lineups....I'm not sure that O'Brien and his coaching decisions with this collection of misfits can win with "ANY" ball.
don in indy

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Jan 19, 2008
with jeff in the lineup, the pacers were very effective wednesday nite. running high picks at the foul stripe with granger and dunleavy cutting off the pick could get them to the foul line more frequently and after going 22 for 22 it should be noticed and promoted especially after all the disparaging stats on inequitable free throw attempts. The rebounding and hustle we need desperately. shuffling up and down the court at half speed doesn't cut it! 22 mil.dollars next season is robbery.
Dungy ball

Cincinnati, OH

#11 Jan 19, 2008
No doubt Foster needs AT LEAST 20 minutes a game...more like 30 would be better. I definitely like what he and Murphy do when they play without O'Neal. Unfortunately, with Harrison's situation and Diogu being lost in space the Pacers went from pretty deep to no depth in the post. So deactivating O'Neal is a tough decision. But I would prefer they did and let's see if Diogu can spell Foster and Murphy and eventually play himself out of his funk.

By the way, contrary to an earlier post, O'Neal presence defensively will be sorely missed. Especially when he's healthy. Offensively....he is killing us...he clearly disrupts this teams chemistry when he's in.
dlewyus

Bellefontaine, OH

#12 Jan 19, 2008
Foster is the best "big" on the team and that includes O'neal. It absolutely rediculous for his to play behind Troy Murphy in the rotation. That makes no sense at all. Especially for "small ball". Foster can run with any center in the NBA. We're a better team when he's on the floor, as proven again the other night. By the way, the team got better immediatly when O'neal went to the bench for good in that game. How many more times do we need to see it, until JOB does?
Tinsley_the_man

Orlando, FL

#13 Jan 19, 2008
Randy wrote:
Sit O'Neal and Tinsley for this game tonight and see how good this team can be now and in the future. I say run the basketball down the King's throats and see what happens.
we saw how the pacers did without tinsley.....2-7? Struggled to beat full court pressure....
Tinsley_the_man

Orlando, FL

#14 Jan 19, 2008
trade Jermaine......his salary is killing us...and he's just chilling on the bench. With his salary we couldv'e picked up chauncy and kopono in the off season!

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#15 Jan 19, 2008
He has ALWAYS been a model of consistency! He has been one of the bright spots for a team that has been plagued with troublesome times for the last few years. I feel like as long as Donnie is in charge, and Jeff is suited up, we've got a chance to turn it around!
Moody

Fort Wayne, IN

#16 Jan 19, 2008
I'll admit I'm one of the many who have tuned out the Pacers the last few yeare. When I read Jeff Foster hasn't been getting the minutes I couldn't believe it. He's a bad ass. No wonder Pacers are in funk.
A Jermaine Tip

Atlanta, IN

#17 Jan 19, 2008
Just thought I'd check in on the Pacers. I see Jermaine is in full dogging-it mode. Hey, JO, once you've milked the mysterious knee injury for all the loafing time it's worth, you might want to try the bad back scam. It's a sensitive area, what with the encased nerves and all, It would be a natural for you, since you seem to be lacking spine anyway. It's successfully used all the time by con artists trying to get disability pay or win accident/injury monies from insurance companies. I sympathize with your thinking, man; if Bender could get obscenely rich just sitting the bench, why shouldn't you be able to?

P.S. How many points, assists, steals and rebounds did Tinsley get last night?
Rick Carlisle

United States

#18 Jan 19, 2008
Look at the history, Foster has always played well, if we dont utilize him in the near future he will look for a trade, TRADE O'NEAL AND START FOSTER!!!!
Clint

Louisville, KY

#19 Jan 19, 2008
Jeff Foster is THE MAN! I have been a loyal Pacer fan for many years, but my passion for the NBA game has been less each year since the Artest fiasco and Reggie's retirement. Jeff Foster is one of the reasons I have stayed a fan. Play Foster more and we might see some wins and some of the fans return. The team seems to play much better without O'Neal on the court anyway, regardless of how much individual talent he may have.
Gary

Cincinnati, OH

#20 Jan 19, 2008
Tinsley_the_man wrote:
trade Jermaine......his salary is killing us...and he's just chilling on the bench. With his salary we couldv'e picked up chauncy and kopono in the off season!
His salary is one of the main reasons we can't trade him.

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