Danny Granger is excited to play again. That we know. But when he might make his season debut continues to be a fluid situation. Following his first full practice on Thursday, Granger said that he doesn’t think he will play on Friday when the Pacers host the Charlotte Bobcats.

“I don’t like where I’m at with my timing and my rhythm and obviously my conditioning,” he said. “…I don’t feel like I’m ready yet. I dribbled the ball off my foot a couple times and just things where you haven’t [been] playing. Lost the ball in transition on a pass. My rhythm isn’t there yet.

“By all means, I could physically play, easily. Like I said, it’s more of a rhythm thing. When you’re playing at those type of speeds, you have to do it for a while to get used to doing it again.”
“I think we’re excited about it but I don’t think we’re overly eager,” said coach Frank Vogel. “I think we’re excited what Danny is going to bring to this team. He’s going to strengthen everything we’re doing. We just have to be smart about it and make sure it’s the right time, and make sure he’s ready.”

Pacers center Roy Hibbert is looking forward to having No. 33 back on the floor, but he has clearly become irritated with the situation. He wants the focus to be on the product on the floor, and their 19-3 record.

“I’d love to have him back and see what he can give us,” Hibbert said. “But I’m seriously tired of hearing all the stuff, ‘When Danny gets back, Danny gets back.’ We’ve been working, and we’ve been rolling.”

With a swarm of national media on hand Tuesday for their first meeting of the season against Miami, Granger told reporters that there was a “very good chance,” that he’d play Friday.