Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers made some headlines lately, after he said that he wants to return to the team’s starting lineup next season. Many thought that Granger would disrupt the great chemistry the Pacers’ starting lineup has developed and thought that he would be better coming off the bench. However, Granger is not looking to be the main guy if he is to stay in Indiana.
According to David Aldridge, Granger actually appreciates the fact that he doesn’t have to score a certain amount of points for his team to have a chance to win a game:
“It’s a relief. I think of it as a relief. I’m not 25 anymore. Going to get 22, 23 points a game, it’s tough, it’s hard, when you have teams gunning for you. I’m 30 now. I’ll gladly defer to the younger teammates and put more of the burden on them than on myself. I can still carry a heavy load, but not as much as I did in the past. And I don’t want to. It’s not even a question.”
As most NBA fans have noticed, Paul George is the new sheriff of the Pacers and for a scorer like Granger to admit that he does not need to label himself as the best player on this Indiana team is a great sign for the team.