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A Little Inside Information is Good for the Masses

Most Mark Montieth's latest blog entry directly answers comments and clarifies his opinions from a previous post. In response to some LJL bashing, which has become sport, Montieth gives us some insider information I found interesting.

As for the Golden State trade, that was Donnie Walsh's deal, not Bird's. Bird probably was involved in the discussions, but didn't have the final say. Maybe he would have done the same deal, I'm not sure, but it's not accurate to assign it to him.

Having said that, I still believe history won't judge it to be a terrible deal for the Pacers, particularly when the forced nature of it is factored into the Pacers' side of it. Golden State has let Josh Powell go and doesn't seem to want to bring back Sarunas Jasikevicius. So it's down to Jackson and Al Harrington.

The Pacers still have Dunleavy, Murphy and Diogu. They could very well get more production out of the deal than they gave up. Oh, I know, Dunleavy and Murphy have huge contracts. But they are just one year longer than those of Jackson and Harrington and not that much more lucrative. That argument is over-rated.
This is the first time I've heard that Walsh made this deal happen. I'm sure they wouldn't admit it one way or the other, but Montieth is around the club enough to know what's going on so I appreciate this nugget of insider info. Kind of funny, though, it seems LJL can't win with anyone. People blame him for the poor results after the trade last year. Then we find out the trade wasn't LJL's baby. So now, if over time the success of the trade works in the Pacers favor, LJL won't get any credit. Good thing, LJL doesn't care about what the media or fans think.