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News » Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2008-08-29

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2008-08-29

Indiana Pacers Getting Inside 2008-08-29
Add Pacers co-owner Herb Simon to the list of people in the organization that believes point guard Jamaal Tinsley has worn out his welcome in the franchise.

"Tinsley, he's probably outlived his welcome here," Simon said. "He's a very talented player. Teams will give us a hard time because they know it's better for him and for us to have him play somewhere else. We're confident that we'll find a good place."

Team president Larry Bird, general manager David Morway and coach Jim O'Brien said earlier that it was time for the franchise to part ways with Tinsley.

Simon's comments take the Tinsley situation to another level, since he's part owner of the team.

As good as it sounds to the fans that have wanted Tinsley traded for a number of the years, the Pacers still have to find a team that's willing to take on a player that's injury prone, has three years remaining on his contract and has a history of clashing with coaches. Best of luck trying to do that.

Pacers' officials have talked to Miami and Golden State about Tinsley.

"We think he's too talented of a player to not play again, but he's better off somewhere else," Simon said. "We're going to do everything we can to help him out because he needs a new chance, but it's going to have to be somewhere else. I think he'll do a great job wherever he goes."

Team officials are waiting until Tinsley, who is working out in Atlanta, loses more weight before having teams go watch him workout. Tinsley, who put on more than 20 pounds after playing just 39 games last season, is down to around 202 pounds.

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Added: August 29, 2008


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