I think it's safe to say Danny Granger's defensive reputation is set in stone. I couldn't help but chuckle when I read this excerpt from an Indy Star editorial about the writer's trip to China for an exchange of educational ideas.
Of course, most of their top students are bilingual and are very aware of American culture. The best example was when one student told me that in order for the Pacers to really step forward this year, Danny Granger needed to improve his defense.
Looks like it's going to take some time for Granger to lose that tag as as sub-par defender. Personally, I think he's shown up much better at the defensive end this year, although he still gets caught standing up too straight guarding his man as he tries to dribble by him. Still, he hasn't been the worst defender on the floor and certainly giving a better effort to be a willing defender.
After the jump, a few links of interest including the search of offensive help and Brandon Rush returning. Also, Mike Wells tweets today that Mike Dunleavy will maintain his starting spot tomorrow. Jim O'Brien utilized the qualifiers he put around his statements yesterday indicating he might start Brandon Rush instead. Stay tuned, there might be a different story tomorrow.
Pacers searching for solutions to offensive woes
Bruno finds Jim O'Brien and the Pacers trying to work through issues at the offensive end.
- Brandon Rush and Jim O'Brien discuss Rush's return to the court.
- Eric Gordon Doing His Part for Struggling Clippers -- NBA FanHouse
Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter could spend time in Development League - Los Angeles Times
Phil Jackson is not opposed to taking advantage of the D-League for his young players.