Really guys! I have been reading the recent post here on DC and can’t believe what being said here. I understand that most posts here are RANTS about one player or another, I am guilt of this myself, as I wrote a piece on Granger a while back (Although I have change my opinion on Danny since, yes he can still be on the selfish side but I realize that Danny is a volume shooter and that his game and as a Pacers fan I can live with that).
So we all get on here as Indiana Pacers fans and play like we are the GM. We rants about what players are doing wrong, which players need to be traded, who we would bring in, who should start and who shouldn’t. Well that’s all fine because as fans we do have a voice even if it just us listening. My problem is I believe a lot of us have misjudged Collison. I have read statements here saying that DC just isn’t any good and a lot about his defense is horrible. Well I would say that he’s a very good player and I will explain why but first my thoughts on Darren’s defense. We all know he’s undersize 6 foot and maybe a buck sixty and last year he was just plain out awful on defending but this year I see a improvement . I have watched him closely this year and he’s without a doubt better, but I will say he still has a ways to go. His on ball defense this year is okay and he is fighting through screen a lot better than last year but there is a problem with bigger guards posting Darren up. So I agree with those who believe he need about 10 pound of muscle and I think he will work hard to get that in the off season. Some of Darren’s detractors have said that if we could get a point guard like Rondo or Nash the pacers would be a contender, WHAT A JOKE. I will not argue that Rondo is an enormous talent because he is, but that doesn’t always make equal winning. Question, what is always said about Rondo? (HEADCASE, cancer in the locker room and a coach’s nightmare.) I could easily see him and Granger at each other’s throats within weeks and him dividing the coaching staff, believe me it could happen. Can you image what he could do to a kid like Lance’s head? And Nash who without a doubt is a great player but he’s 38 years old folks he has this year and next that’s about it. The reason I am going here is that the grass always looks greener on the other side but with everything in life there will be unseen problems. With Darren you have a great kid who will do everything in his power to help this team win, he’s not going to fight the coaching staff or start any crap with his teammate and the most important thing he will do is sacrifice his game for the team. He wants to win and has the heart to do so. Some of you should go watch Seabiscuit because I believe some here are giving up on DC way to soon. I could understand if we were losing or playing like last year but we are doing fine thank you, could we be better well a course but it not all DC’s fault.
Okay let’s look at what Darren has been through and going through and his number. So how does one measure the heart and desire of a person? You look at how one handle tough situations. Let’s start with his UCLA days. He was recruited by them late, they (UCLA) were going to go in a different direction and he was headed for San Diego State but at the last minute Holland came calling. His first battle was Jordan Farmer and I mean battle as the story goes Jordan got up in DC face one day because Darren was give him all he wanted in practice and according the Coach Holland this is where he know Darren had heart, as DC flat out stood his ground in a fight with Farmer. Jordan got the message that Collison wasn’t the one to be intimidated. After his freshman year Holland gave Darren the starting point guard job and never looked back. Now remember both Russell Westbrook and Jrun Holiday were also there but Holland never put either one of them at point he kept Darren there. The most important fact is that 3 of Darren’s 4 years there UCLA went to the Final Four and they haven’t been even close to going back since. He then gets drafted by New Orleans 21 pick the word was to small not a good shooter and why would he stay 4 whole years in college if he was that good also that year was a great point guard draft if you guys remember. Okay now Darren has Byron Scott as his Coach who is known for not playing rookies and going to a team that had the best point guard in the league in Chris Paul it looked like DC would sit the year. But again Darren rises! I think Darren must love being the underdog because Byron gets fired and Paul gets hurt and out of nowhere here he comes. DC plays above and beyond what is expected, the kid has heart. Okay let continue he play so well that year that teams are now interested and Mr. Larry Bird wants him to lead his Pacers. Well the next problem for Darren is JOB’s is the Coach. O’Brien who desperately wanted to run TJ Ford out of Indiana a year earlier decides now that Ford should split the game with Darren and if that wasn’t bad enough he also decided Ford should close the game out.( Man that dude was totally nuts.) Ok now comes Coach Vogel and Darren gets a true shoot at leading the Pacers. He is playing well this year considering he is the fifth scoring option of the starting five and I realize that he only averaging 5.3 assist and he must get that number up but to his defense the teams wasn’t shooting the ball very well early on and I believe to number will come up in time. We know he can score but it not really his role right now. His 3 point shoot is looking good, very good free throw shooter, quick, good ball handled, improving on defense, level head, underrated, genuine good person, great work ethic, cheap for a NBA point, good teammate, and a coach’s dream. Yes folks I for one am going to STAND UP FOR DARREN, AND I HOPE THERE ARE OTHERS WHO WILL TO. The most important thing here isn’t Darren’s numbers but the number of wins our Pacers get and how far we go in the playoffs. Let’s lift Darren not down him. GO PACERS GO!!