By Marcus Thompson
Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 at 9:59 pm in Uncategorized.
I just talked with Ike Diogu in Sacramento. I didn’t have space or time to elaborate on it in Wednesday’s piece. Let’s just say he’s not a happy camper. He’s saying the right things about working hard and being patient. But he’s frustrated.
His minutes have declined since arriving in Indiana, so there’s no surprise his shots and scoring have dropped. He’s wondering, like I am, like many of you are, what’s all the talk about him being the prize of the trade for the Pacers? Apparently, Ike was the player that made the deal a go from the Pacers end, but he can’t get in the game.
It’s amazing to me how someone with his ability to score inside, and make free throws, how he can’t get in the game. How do teams expect him to grow if he doesn’t play? Andris’ emergence came with playing time.
“Time equals production,” Diogu said, popping his collar a bit. “All I know is statistics don’t lie.”
You know what’s interesting? What do the Warriors need right now? A rebounding power forward and someone who can score inside. Sounds like Ike.