3) Brian Shaw – The ball don’t lie as Brian Shaw would say and in his case it is very true. You cannot find a better resume in the NBA right now and Brian Shaw deserves a head coaching job. Many, including myself, thought Brian Shaw should have been coaching a team this year but that didn’t pan out for whatever reason. Now it has become evident that the Clippers and Nets are both interested. Shaw has spent time in Los Angles before and this could be a nice fit. Heaven forbid we lose both Shaw and West to the Clippers – the Pacers could find themselves in a bit of a hangover situation. The Clippers have expressed interest in both gentlemen so they could pair West, Paul and Griffin in the starting line-up with the leadership of Coach Shaw. Let’s hope for the Pacers sake that West stays even if Shaw has already left. In the end I am excited for Shaw and I feel he deserves this opportunity. I will hate to play his team because I will most likely be cheering for him – much like Mark Jackson of the Golden State Warriors. It will be critical for the Pacers to find a replacement assistant that can step in and help continue to build this young team up.
4) 2013 NBA Draft – I am not going to pretend I know who the Pacers will take with the 23rd selection in the 2013 NBA draft…that is very difficult to predict. I can tell you many analysts are forecasting Tim Hardaway Jr., the shooting guard out of Michigan, to land in Indiana. I can’t say I disagree we need another shooting guard, especially with the unpredictable play of Stephenson, poor play by Green and uncertainty around Danny Granger. If the Pacers don’t pursue a shooting guard I think either a backup power forward, assuming Hansbrough is gone, that West can mentor would be a good pick. Outside of a shooting guard or power forward I would suggest looking into a backup point guard. George Hill has been solid, through most of the year, but struggled on the big stage. Back up David Augustin underperformed and the Pacers need a player who can truly control the basketball.
The 2013-14 season seems to be promising for the Pacers but there are a lot of question marks this off season. This is for certain – the roster can’t stay status quo. The Pacers are a force to be recokened with but Miami isn’t going to be the only other strong team in the East next season. The Knicks will be looking to make another run and the Bulls should have Rose back, which will make them a title contender. Finally don’t forget about the Nets, who continue to improve, and over the next year or two could easily be battling for a top seed in the playoffs. Pacer fans have a lot to look forward too but let’s have some reserved excitement about next season – there is a lot to play out before we enter Game 1. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading!!
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