What you're about to read may be the most head-scratching news to come across the interwebs all year. First, a warning that the following news comes from the New York Post's Peter Vescey, not exactly a bastion of light and truth in NBA circles. However, a nugget in his most recent column made us at AA spit out our morning skinny latte (don't judge). Larry Bird, currently the GM of the Indiana Pacers, is rumored to be on his way out after the current season. That may be a little surprising with how the young Pacers have continued to improve, but Bird has flirted with walking away several times in the recent past.
However, the stunning news is one of the names Vescey floats to replace Larry Bird... Reggie Miller.
"The firm belief by those with a pulse on the situation: (Pacers owner Herb) Simon is more apt to choose a marquee name like Reggie Miller or Chris Mullin as opposed to promoting the people on site, general manager David Moray or personnel director Kevin Pritchard."
Now, Chris Mullin is a somewhat logical choice. He ran the Warriors for several seasons to moderate success and is currently treating NBA fans to his thick New York accent on ESPN while also contolling angry mobs during retirement ceremonies. But Reggie Miller?!?! The Reggie Miller that has been a gaffe machine during his performance broadcasting the NCAA Tournament for Turner? The Reggie Miller who has always struggled as an analyst during NBA broadcasts?
There is a record for great players becoming competent GMs (Larry Bird, Joe Dumars, at least for a while), but there's an even bigger record of great players bombing out as executives. And it's not like Reggie Miller is universally well-regarded as a great analytical mind, like Steve Kerr was before he began his tenure in charge of the Phoenix Suns.
Let's hope Vescey was just trying to slip in a sly joke for those who have been regularly submitting Miller's quotes to our Billy Packer Chronicles. If not, at least fans of basketball won't have to wonder what a "block charge" is anymore. Clearly, the Pacers leadership needs to watch more basketball on television.
Bamaneil, you love a defensive game because that's the way the game is played in the SEC. I like a good defensive game too. However, if you have a top rated team with an NFL first round quarterback pick, you've got to match them up. Now that's excitement. Who wants to see two teams with quarterbacks that will be selling life insurance when they graduate? Of course you think they're great defensively but maybe they're not. Just maybe a really good offensive team might change things and expose some weaknesses; don't know but that's what makes for a good game.
@crainr1 Who wants to see a team that has a great QB and a few future NFL players get crushed by Alabama or LSU which have many future NFL players on their rosters? Many of the starters for the two Fiesta Bowl participants will be selling insurance or some other product post college playing days. Stanford was dominated by Oregon. Oklahoma State was beat by a team the ended up 6-7. LSU handily beat the Rose Bowl winner, the Orange Bowl winner, and the Cotton Bowl winner. LSU beat teams that went 7-1 in bowl games. Georgia was the only team to lose in a bowl game; they lost a double digit lead to Michigan State late in the game. The eilite teams of the SEC continue win National Championships for a reason. Texas, Oklahoma, USC, and Ohio State also recruit blue chip/future NFL talent in additon to SEC teams like Alabama, LSU, and Florida. All three of these teams have two BCS NCs each this millenium. Dont forget that Alabama and LSU both averaged 40 points a game against teams (other than one anothera0 this season! Additionally, these two teams ranked #1 and #2 in the nation in points allowed. Cease with the envy!
Really, I'm not envious. I'm neutral when it comes to college teams. I do believe, and stated in my post, that LSU is set to be #1 at LEAST for the next 2-3 years. They are a powerhouse. Their offense was inept this year and it was their defense and special teams that really wore the other teams down. Still, you play a game like they played in the biggest game of the season and they still come out #2 in the polls? Who in their right mind will post that this system is fair? They have to drop a couple more spots for that showing. That's all. No hate intended and I apologize if I'm coming off that way. It just doesn't make sense to me. By the way, word has it from insiders that the Oklahoma State football players were not into the game with Iowa State because of the plane crash that killed their women's coach and assistant. Ten years before 10 players and staff on their men's basketball team died in a plane crash. They had a big ceremony before the game. No excuses, just seems like a coincidence.Would love to have seen a 28 year old quarterback in the spotlight. I like Andrew Luck too but I think LSU or Alabama would have shut him down because lack of standout wide receivers.
@crainr1 **correction..."this" millenium not "each" millenium.....and (other than one "another") this season!
and Yes Alabama dominated LSU in this past Monday night. Yes, it was a boring game but the two best teams were matched up. A plus one or a playoff will continue to match two SEC schools in the title game from time to time. Alabama was the better team and better prepared. LSU's offense was embarrassing and their QB was horrific. However, thay have talented QBs on the roster. They will be in the hunt again next season.
Being an LSU FAN Bobby Hebert needs to be concerned about the LSU Program and am glad he is and looking for answers.Apparantly rumors flying around that something happended and caused the gamblers to jump big on BAMA right before the game started.Raumors floating around that LSU players stayed out all night gambling.Apparently Miles had no curfew.It was weird because I did think the team looked dead...Well one of them supposedly staying out allnight was JJ...iF THIS KIND OF STUFF TURNS OUT TO BE TRUE i AM TOTALLY DISGUSTED AT mILES AND HIS LACK OF DISCIPLINE..Also do know for a fact something did go down.So I hope Booby Hebert finds out and gets to the bottom of this BS...
How can you say the game was boring...LSU does have a great "D" and that's the only reason the score was not 35 or 42 to O. I love seeing a great defensive battle...it certainly was fun to me to watch BAMA crush everything the Tigers tried to throw at them. It was the best Special Teams performance I have ever seen at any level!
"Professionalism?" I thought that phrase went out in the media years ago. C'mon, what Ebert does, like it or not, is express his opinion and that's what most of the media cronies do. They do it on TV. You have to choose what to believe or not believe. Bottom line is that there is a significant, not majority, of us who do not believe in this BCS system. It's a joke and a scam. The money is in the South and that's that. Only Alabama proved they were good enough to be in a BCS title game but who wants to see two boring defensive teams play again? Thanks for proviing how inept and corrupt the Bowl system is "Bama. And then you all jump on a media person for being unprofessional? What a joke. It was the best entertainment of the day.
To give Bobby an answer to his question....LSU could not have moved the ball down the field had they had Drew Brees at quarterback and Trent Richardson running for them. Les knew that too. Did anyone happen to see the lack of offence from LSU in the 1st meeting...BAMA handed LSU that game on a silver platter and why the fans and Bobby and most of America thought we would make the same mistake twice with Coach Sabin having 45 days to prep for the game is beyond belief!!! Coach Sabin does not always go to the BCS Championship game....but when he does....HE WINS!!!! ROLL TIDE!!!
@BAMANEIL Learn how to spell your coach's name! Its Saban! His name is a household name in the sports world and is in print frequently. Maybe you should change your user name to "BAMADUNCE".
LSU has to many playmakers at so many positions on that team for the coach to allow those talents to go untapped ,it's true that our quarterbacks did not develop properly ,but the future looks better with " The "Mettenberger " on the horizon. The fallen shall rise again !!! Go Tigers.
Good morning people please understand something here LSU played as inept as I've ever seen in all my days .Bobby Hebert deservedsthe right to eplodeon Les Miles as a Dan let alone as a father ,clearly his team was not ready (offense) no vision as a coordinator at all ,by allowing his offense to keep running the same dumbazz plays over and over again made those kids look like pathetic he clearly embarrassed the university and the state of La and as a prior offensive lineman the lines play was atrocious . He deserved to has his lack of vision as a coach azz smoked like it happened.
Harsh, Miles did not prepare his team...Hebert was frustrated Hell all LSU FANS WERE..The game was a bust and LSU deserved better offenseive production.They looked DEAD on the field JJ looked lost like a high school quarterback in his first season...LEE why not put him in the game was over...Hebert was a great quaterback in his day just goes to show people do not know crap....LSU LOOKED DEAD AN UN PREPARED LIKE IT OR NOT!!!!MILES did not prepare this team well enough and it showed on field..Just glad LEE and Jefferson era is over...
Guess membership has its privileges for Bobby Hebert. Based on this example, maybe it's true that some media folks are more equal than others. If you're a celebrity you're given a lot more leeway to be unprofessional.
@cobweb Actually, Herbert was a very good QB, he won a CHAMPIONSHIP with the Michigan Panthers in the USFL. His main receiver was Anthony Carter, you do know him i assume. But Mr Herbert shouldn't be in press conferences acting like an upset fan and father. Since this is his 2nd time they should revoke his cred's.
Hebert was quite reserved if you ask me. Miles absolutely deserved some backlash for his lack of true leadership. This will all be over in two days tops, and Miles will go on his merry millionaire way while his decision to leave the inept jj in the game cost the team and the school the national champsionship.
hebert acting like his dad, deceased. i used to roam and drink with richard` his father ,ex green bay packer guard. he was just like bobby, trust me. the kid t something ,could be a star in the pros though, good genes grandpa, dad???
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@justjack that's the dumbest shit I've ever heard, and thinking like that will do more to keep racism going than anything else. Who gives a rats a$$ what the other coaches tell these guys that don't mean sh1t but if they see what they seen last night from les again other coaches won't have to say a word except sign here son.
@davebiddle Not sure what the big deal is with Hebert besides him rambling on and on with no question. Miles actually answered it well
@mattstalter Miles handled situation very well, I agree. (One of his only good moves of the night.) #hebert
He named his kid T-Bob for crying out loud.
The look of the guy in the blue shirt in the screen cap on the youtube video is priceless