Did some people forget that we are in the middle of a playoff race, its been a very long time since any Pacer fans has had many moments of joy. The Pacers are just a few more crucial wins away from returning to the playoffs and all poeple have to talk about is getting rid of Danny Granger? Sure, the point about getting rid of Danny is valid on many fronts, but right now with 12 important games to go before the end of the regular season, it ios not the right time to turn on the team's best player. Danny has had a very difficult season without a doubt, his scoring has been down, his shooting touch never returned to its 2008-09 form and he has been forcing the issue a lot which leads to turnovers. However, even with all of that said, Danny Granger still has been the most consistant Pacer player this year. Since Paul George moved into the line up, he has not had the same impact as when he came off the bench, but very few people are even thinking about calling him out. Like it or not Danny Granger carries the burden of a first option with him every night when he steps onto an nba arena. Danny Granger is the first defensive key to the game for every opponent, and they are constantly focused on shutting him down. Danny Granger carries the burden of the entire team, and the burden of the entire fan base solely for his seniority and position on the team.
Danny Granger is without a question one of the hardest workers in the nba, evident of his improvement since his rookie year. Anyone who says he doesn't care has absolutely no idea what they're talking about. Does Danny's temper and frustration get the better of him sometimes? of course they do? but isn't that frustration and anger the same competitive drive to win? Every big game that the Pacers have won this year was due to a collective effort from the team, and that is the fair way to evaluate. It is not all Dann's credit when the team wins, but it should also not be all his fault when the going gets tough, especially when the Pacers are in the middle of a playoff race. At least hold off the 'get rid of Granger' talk after the Pacers' season is over.