It was really tough to see a Jack go since he was a guy who bought into what the Pacers were doing and spilled his guts everyday on the court. But in hindsight, the move has been beneficial to both sides. Jack earned a real nice contract, especially considering the relatively little amount of cash NBA owners were throwing around last summer.
As for the Pacers, the spent half the money to sign Dahntay Jones and Jones has produced every bit as much, if not more than Jack did last year. The one thing Jack brought last year was, well, himself. He played all 82 games and though his production wasn't always consistent, the effort and intensity was. Hopefully, Dahntay keeps up his current pace for the rest of the season.
After the jump, a few links of interest including stories on Jack greeting the Pacers upon their arrival at the Air Canada Centre yesterday as well as more on Jim O'Brien's lineup change.
Pacers still reeling from loss at Charlotte
Mike Wells reports on Jim O'Brien's disdain for the defensive deficiencies in Charlotte prompting the Pacers' coach to try a different lineup. "We can't play Roy much unless they play Amir Johnsonor (Rasho) Nesterovic," O'Brien said. "We'll start Jeff at center because we're quicker and able to guard their pick-and-rolls."
NBA Toronto: Jack hopes his struggles are over
Mike Ganter has a cool story about Jarrett Jack greeting the Pacers after wrapping up his workout yesterday.
Jack trying to earn his keep
Michael Grange reports on Jarrett Jack trying to play up to his contract for the Raptors.
Raptors’ Jack wants to prove he deserved big contract
Eric Koreen reports on Jack greeting the Pacers and working his way into a groove for the Raps.
Showtime for Raptors' Calderon
Doug Smith reports on Raptors' PG, Jose Calderon developing a connection with rookie DeMar DeRozan and Sonny Weems. Calderon seems to scald the Pacers at least once a season, hopefully that won't be tonight.
Belinelli, Wright to return for Raptors; Evans still a mystery
Marco Belinelli and Antoine Wright will be available for the Raptors off the bench tonight.