Just as I’m writing about a probable Danny Granger return this Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, I pause and think for a moment.
Haven’t we heard this before?
Why, yes, we have. I believe that was last season when hopes were raised and then let down. Time and again, rumors swirled that Granger was set to return to the hardwood. When he finally did, it was a short, 5-game prefix leading to his eventual stint on the sideline for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
Granger returned to uniform in the preseason, taking part in the Pacers’ trip to Asia and appearing in a couple games within U.S. borders. A setback ensued – calf strain – in which Granger was declared sidelined yet again.
This time, however, it was to only be for three weeks. Seven weeks have passed since then.
How much are we to believe in reference of Danny Granger putting on the blue and gold?
Apparently, not much.
“Day-to-day, literally,” Granger said, in response to his status. He also stated he doesn’t yet feel entirely comfortable with his rhythm and timing, and “conditioning, obviously.”
Many believe Granger will be a huge boost to the Indiana bench upon his return. The common NBA mind would sure think so after watching him lead the Pacers in scoring for a number of seasons. His impact could me monumental or detrimental, depending on how the rest of the bench can mesh with the 6-9 veteran swingman.
The Indiana Pacers are off to their best start in franchise history. At 19-3, they also currently hold the best record in the league with a number of impressive wins under their belt. Nothing has been accomplished yet, albeit Granger returning to the lineup is something to watch for.
When and if that happens remains to be seen. Until then, play on, Pacers!
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