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  1. A more difficult guy to manage than some...yes...sometimes too 1 on 1, and an offensive movement killer yes...I disagree on the assessment that he can't get succeed with a serious title contender, or that he was Artest the sequel...to my mind Lance improved as a player and person every year...when he started acting out last year, this thing was already off the rails...Hibbert simply quit on the Pacers...suddenly a guy who wanted to be the defensive player of the year was demanding touches...Paul George was wanting to be mentored by LeBron...Frank Vogel rode the starters for 40 minutes every night...James has derided Turner as "useless", but Vogel never played him, or any of the other bench pieces he had, so how do you know Turner was useless? Every year the bench has different guys, and every year the bench gets worse, even though the players on the bench get better...meanwhile the players who got splinters here in the past (Plumlee, Green, Augustine, Dunleavy, Collison) perform like champions elsewhere...that's on the coaching staff, and so is the splintering of team unity...I don't believe Lance wasn't a sustainable option...he still lives with his parents...he isn't Artest, he has a support system that includes Bird, who admitted he let him have too much space last year...he has an edge that we needed...he's gone, so hopefully we can find that somewhere else...I do concur with "longtime fan" that Bird can field a team that can compete, and to throw in the towel without seeing the product in action is folly...sometimes less is more, and maybe Lance being gone will allow George Hill, always maligned, but a guy who was forced to take his opportunities as a 4th or 5th option, to do more and be better, to allow Hibbert to be happy and to get more touches (I still believe Hibbert actually has a much worse mental makeup than Lance...this guy is fragile upstairs, things don't go his way he breaks like glass, mopes, whines, sucks the soul out of the other players)...maybe Frank Vogel will actually play the bench that Larry keeps trying to supplement...Maybe Larry has a trade up his sleeve...we'll see, but if he doesn't, unless more moves are made, the Pacers are banking on addition by subtraction, they are definitely worse defensively without Lance, so we better hope that some of these shooters can actually shoot...Rodney Stuckey isn't bad, but he's definitely not Lance, he's a liability defensively...Miles, Rudic, Copeland, Scola, Watson (if he stays) need real minutes, not 4-5. Lots of stuff wrong, all of it fixable...unfortunately, everyone in the East is better now, and it appears on paper that we are not...we'll see...

  2. How on earth can anyone call the IMS a "fading facility"? I grew up literally next door to the place - if anyone should be uninspired by it, it would be me. To this day, every year I go to the Indy 500 and witness the start of the race, I am in complete AWE of not just the spectacle, but the PLACE. I have been to many, many race tracks but none that impresses as much as IMS.

  3. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  4. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  5. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

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