Go forth and prosper (cont.)
Posted: Thursday March 1, 2007 12:13PM; Updated: Thursday March 8, 2007 2:42PM
It's been six weeks since the Pacers took a hammer to their team and traded Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Josh Powell and Sarunas Jasikevicius to the Warriors for Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod. SI.com checked in with an opposing advance scout to assess how the deal -- and Indiana -- is working out.
"I think [the trade] helped them. They got guys who are coachable, guys who can play together. It gives them a little more consistency in their perimeter shooting. It has given them more consistency mentally, in terms of the personalities they're dealing with.
"But they've still got a lot of distractions on the team, and the town is really down on them, so I'm not so sure that isn't a factor in their inconsistent play.
"I think they really need to get more of a true point guard who thinks to pass first, who's not a 'me guy.' That could settle the whole thing down. I think [Jamaal] Tinsley's a bit of a 'me guy.' But the off-the-court stuff won't make it easy to deal him. They had a tough time trying to deal Stephen Jackson; the only way they were able to do it was because Golden State really wanted Harrington. Tinsley may be in the same situation.
"Jermaine O'Neal is a guy who, given his physical skills, probably could step up and handle a leadership role. I don't think he has leadership qualities. He plays a lot of times like he's preoccupied. He's got a lot of talent, but I just haven't seen the intensity or the consistency that I like. I'm not sure he knows what his role is on the team. He's playing more facing the basket, but they will take him down and post him up. I don't know if that's going to help; it might just confuse him a little bit more.
"To me, I would blow the whole thing up."
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