“They say they’re going to try something different, I would love to see it (work). It’s always good to do it,” he said, adding he believes they will start the season trying to stick to the new plan.
“But once adversity hits and stuff starts going wrong, guys are going to go back to ISO basketball, that’s how it is. You’ve got to trust it. It’s one of those things you’ve got to build, you’ve just got to trust each other. This year, I feel like a lot of guys didn’t trust each other and a lot of guys, they didn’t feel like other guys could produce or (be) given the opportunity, so there was a lot of lack of trust on our team, so that’s what hindered us from going (as far as they wanted to go).”
Those comments sparked harsh criticism from former NBA champion Stephen Jackson, who said on ESPN’s The Jump with Rachel Nichols that Carroll “wasn’t good enough to have an opinion.”
“DeMarre Carroll, why are you even talking? If anybody passes you the ball, you should be happy. Play defense. You’re Bruce Bowen. Just go in the corner, shoot 3s and be happy. You shouldn’t even have an input, you’re not good. You can shoot 3s in the corner and you can [play defense].”
Still, the biggest flaw seems clear: the Pacers didn’t have to cash in on this offer from the Thunder yet. Oklahoma City might have bluffed, but George is the best player they could have acquired this summer. The Oladipo and Sabonis offer would have stayed on the table, and maybe Indiana could have squeezed a protected pick out of it if the Thunder started squirming on, say, July 3.
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