October 10, 2002

Suh-weet!: Say what you want; I like Zeke. Isaiah Thomas does not want to be your average "former superstar" coach (btw, he SHOULD have been on the dream team); he wants to be legendary. He wants to innovate. So he spent the summer devising a new offense (called the "Quick Offense") that may very well be unstoppable (stop laughing) and change the way basketball is played. It looks like it may already be working. So long Triangle.

posted by jacknose to basketball at 02:49 PM - 6 comments

Basketball, especially the NBA, is not my favorite sport, but I really like to see innovations in how a game is played. This could be really cool. I will try to tune into my first opportunity to see the Pacers on TV just to see what they're trying. Even if it doesn't succeed immediately, kudos to Isaiah Thomas for trying something new, and I hope his players do truly buy into it and give it a fair shot.

posted by msacheson at 03:15 PM on October 10, 2002

I'm not surprised that the potential "next big thing" offense would come from Isaiah. I'd like to say I hope it works, but that would mean the Pacers would be winning ;)

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:55 PM on October 10, 2002

He's already been trying new things in Indiana every time I've seen the Pacers...like benching his starters for inexplicable reasons, having no reason to substitution patterns, and for whatever reason, not letting Austin Croshere play. I can only imagine what Zeke has up his sleeves...

posted by Conquistador at 06:03 PM on October 10, 2002

I have to agree with Conquistador. I have watched him coach plenty and just don't get half the stuff he does. He has come up small in the bigger games they have had. I hope he does make something work, because I can't stand Phil Jackson even more...

posted by carbs at 07:01 PM on October 10, 2002

Believe me, Austin is a nice guy, but he does not always deserve to be on the floor. Sure he's the white fella that hustles, but most of the Pacers hustle and are more athletic that Austin and can actually shoot the ball on a consistent basis. The question is, who do bench so Austin can play? Jermaine O'Neal? Al Harrington? Ron Artest? Jonathan Bender? I'm hoping we can get a decent trade for Croshere.

posted by jacknose at 11:35 PM on October 10, 2002

The proof of the pudding ...

posted by ajax at 12:41 PM on October 11, 2002

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