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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Pacers
Ian Thomsen
October 30, 2000
"If team president Donnie Walsh knew two months ago what he knows now about Alonzo Mourning, I bet Dale Davis would still be with Indiana.... The Pacers have three high school kids. The way to do it with the high school kids is to have more than one. That way they grow up together, and that really makes a difference. In two or three years the Pacers will be a leading contender year in and year out.... Rik Smits had a terrible year last year, but he was a 7'4" guy who could post up and hit from 20 feet. No way you don't miss that dimension. Who at the four or five is going to be able to post up?...Reggie Miller is a Hall of Famer. That might be a wild statement, but his ability to play one-on-one, which he has developed in the last two years, makes him undefendable with the new rules.... Austin Croshere was good at the four last year, but I don't know if he's going to be effective playing the three spot consistently. Defending guys at the three is going to be difficult for him.... The big key is how Jalen Rose handles being the point guard."
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October 30, 2000

The Book An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Pacers

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"If team president Donnie Walsh knew two months ago what he knows now about Alonzo Mourning, I bet Dale Davis would still be with Indiana.... The Pacers have three high school kids. The way to do it with the high school kids is to have more than one. That way they grow up together, and that really makes a difference. In two or three years the Pacers will be a leading contender year in and year out.... Rik Smits had a terrible year last year, but he was a 7'4" guy who could post up and hit from 20 feet. No way you don't miss that dimension. Who at the four or five is going to be able to post up?... Reggie Miller is a Hall of Famer. That might be a wild statement, but his ability to play one-on-one, which he has developed in the last two years, makes him undefendable with the new rules.... Austin Croshere was good at the four last year, but I don't know if he's going to be effective playing the three spot consistently. Defending guys at the three is going to be difficult for him.... The big key is how Jalen Rose handles being the point guard."

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