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Pacers Playing Time: Present vs. Future

[From the FanPosts, RickTW raises an issue about playing time of which opinions seem to sway depending on whether the Pacers are winning or losing.]

I have been fortunate enough to purchase my first set of season tickets this year (well, half-season tickets).  It has been great so far being able to watch the Pacersin person and see what seems to be a more spirited and present fan base on hand!  I brought my dad along for a game the other night when we (yep, I seem to always put/say "we" when talking about the Pacers!) played the Nuggets. He picked a good night to tag along!  During half time he noticed a player he hadn't noticed out on the court much and asked me who that was...it was Paul George. He doesn't follow the Pacers all that closely, so he asked why he wasn't playing. 

I began rambling on and on about how George "should" play because we have a pretty strong, young core and he seems to be a part of it and has shown great potential.  This made, and continues to make, complete sense to me.  Why not forfeit a couple of wins (while still pushing for the playoffs) for future success and maybe even getting to that future success quicker? 

However, I then found myself defending JOB.  JOB is in the last year of his contract.  He obviously cares about the future of the franchise, as he may (gulp!) be a part of it, but why wouldn't he play who he believes can win today?  What incentive does he have in playing a guy like George, who may make a few more mistakes along the way, over a guy like Dunleavy who has been in the system and knows where to be and when?

As fans, it seems to be very easy to say JOB should play George over others (personally I tend think this most frequently when Rush is in), but he is also watching over his own gig!  That's a tough spot to be in....what do you other guys think?  At what point does Bird say scrap the now and let's play the young guns first and foremost?  Or, do you guys see JOB as doing a good job of mixing the present and future?  I tend to think that JOB is doing a decent job, this year, of playing a good mix of the present and future, but there are still times when I cringe while seeing certain players sitting...

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