HoopsHype Jim O'Brien rumors

December 14, 2010 Updates
December 13, 2010 Updates

Pacers coach Jim O'Brien has added in some theatrics by using a few unconventional rotations. Collison has sat in the fourth quarter at times while Ford played in crunch time, which has frustrated him. Friday night in Atlanta, he sat the entire fourth quarter in favor of Price, which really hurt, Collison said. "I don't know why I didn't play," said Collison, who has started all 19 games he's appeared in. "I'm not going to lie, it's been tough. Right now, I'm not used to it. It is what it is." O'Brien liked what Price could bring to the Pacers, so he got his shot. "I thought our best chance of coming back was with A.J. in the game because he spaces the court, he shoots the 3 and he also needed playing time," O'Brien said. "I also think he did a nice job." Indianapolis Star

October 28, 2010 Updates

The problem O'Brien has with the situation is the Pacers have to pay the price for Rush's inability to leave drugs alone. The Pacers can dress only 11 players a game during Rush's suspension. "I understand them suspending the player and withholding his wages for five games," O'Brien said. "The nature of the situation is that we're not informed a player has failed the drug test the first or second time, and we're not told he has a problem. Then they turn around and penalize a franchise. "I don't understand where that comes from, frankly. If we were the ones drug testing and we were the ones that knew and were responsible to get him back on track after the first one, I understand that, but I can't follow this." Indianapolis Star

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