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Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

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  • Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...iew/index.html

    I'm not going to paste this 2 page preview, because there is absolutely no mention of the Indiana Pacers. Unless i'm not reading correctly. 2 pages and Indiana doesnt even register a small blurb. We couldnt even get a " Miles Plumlee LULZ " in there.

    Does this bother anyone else? Ian Thomsen is one of SI's main NBA writers, if not THE main writer. It's honestly beyond disrespect. It's basically not doing your job. You write a preview and dont mention one of the best teams in the East?

    And between this and Israel Guiteriez covering the Eastern Conference for ESPN now, you can really start to understand why Indiana gets no respect at all. Israel Guteriez is a major Pacer hater. I'm probably going to post links and quotes in this thread later to back this up. I've had ESPN insider and it's really appalling how he goes out of his way to blow Indiana off in a lot of recent articles dating back to last year. It's also brain numbingly glaring how much he has no clue about the Pacers. He was on sports reporters last year, literally having no clue about how good Indiana was. You could tell that he had probably never seen a Pacer game outside of Pacers vs Heat, because...wait for it...he covers the Heat. Which is why he covers the Eastern Conference now. Guess who covers the Western Conference this year....J.A Andande. Guess which team he cover. LAKEEEE SHOW! Do you see a trend here guys? Can you guess which teams ESPN would love to build up for a NBA finals matchup?

    This is sports media folks. It's a rigged game. There's no money covering really awesome small market teams. Whens the last time you heard about how fantastic the Spurs dynasty was? Whens the last time you heard Tim Duncans name come up in Greatest of All Time discussion, or any discussion for that matter?

    Covering the NBA has become a game in it's own. ESPN has become the puppet master. Dwight Howard was being pushed towards the Lakers four years ago. Deron Williams was being pushed to a major market four years ago. Utah smartened up and shipped him because they knew the game. ESPN starts in early on these guys and then by the time they get to the last year of there contract, not only have they enabled them to make The Decision to spurn loyalty and money to play under the spotlight, but they've empowered them too. Because it's not the wrong decision, when the biggest sports conglomerate in the world has been saying it's right for the last four years. It's also borderline if not a flat out monopoly. They controll a major chunk of the games that will be put on prime time television. They controll who to promote and who not to promote. Does anyone actually think TNT would sit back and say " You know what, we see whats going on here and we're gunna start airing a steady dose of Bucks, Hawks and Pacer games ". Yah...No.

    Roy Hibbert was a big deal and was all over ESPN last year and now he's with the Pacers four more years and he cant even crack a list of 13 best big men in the league ( top 10 and 3 more to " watch " ). Marc Gasol feels his pain in Memphis . They're only All Star centers. Of course theres 13 other centers in the league that are better than them right??? AM I RIGHT GUYS? Can anyone say with a straight face that if these two guys played in NY and LA , they wouldnt be in that top 10???

    Oh and hey, we might not want Paul George to blow up too quickly, because believe me, the countdown clock will start on ESPN. Chris Brousard will be taken out of the tool box, sat in front of the camera and tell us, with a **** eating grin on his face, that Paul George will be playing for the Lakers in 2016.

    It kind of feels like when I was a kid and I learned wrestling was fake.

    GO Basketball! * Chair shot to my head *

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    Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

    Didn't read the article but your rant was spot on.... I totally agree with you.
    I'm not perfect and neither are you.

    Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim,
    Ephisians 4: 32 And be kind towards one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as Elohim also forgave you in Messiah.

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        Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

        There is a solution of course: stop watching ESPN (Sportscenter at least). I do read some of the web articles and of course I watch games and highlights, but that's about it.

        I feel the frustration though, it's hard to argue with most of what you said.

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          Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

          Wait....wrestling is fake?


          Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13

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            Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

            There's a Pacers blog on the ESPN blog network, the Pacers have their own website with a ton of coverage, they've been routinely predicted to finish in the top half of the Eastern conference by most sane observers. Paul George was one of the most discussed players during the off season. Not to mention all the local coverage. The Pacers, relative to almost every other professional sports team on planet Earth, receive a TON of attention and coverage. Do the Pacers get as much attention as the Lakers or Knicks? No, and they shouldn't. Things that happen in New York and LA get more attention.

            And truthfully, why does anyone care if the Pacers get a couple extra minutes on Sportscenter? It doesn't get us any closer to a championship.

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              Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

              Originally posted by King Tuts Tomb View Post
              There's a Pacers blog on the ESPN blog network, the Pacers have their own website with a ton of coverage, they've been routinely predicted to finish in the top half of the Eastern conference by most sane observers. Paul George was one of the most discussed players during the off season. Not to mention all the local coverage. The Pacers, relative to almost every other professional sports team on planet Earth, receive a TON of attention and coverage. Do the Pacers get as much attention as the Lakers or Knicks? No, and they shouldn't. Things that happen in New York and LA get more attention.

              And truthfully, why does anyone care if the Pacers get a couple extra minutes on Sportscenter? It doesn't get us any closer to a championship.
              Come on man. It's frustrating to read this type of stuff and then read that the Pacers didn't really upgrade our weak bench. Part f the joy of fandom is reading informed opinions, good or bad, about your team. That's why I have taken to reading Odd Thoughts and 8p9s more often than the mainstream stuff, even when they are both very harsh.

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                Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

                Originally posted by rexnom View Post
                Come on man. It's frustrating to read this type of stuff and then read that the Pacers didn't really upgrade our weak bench. Part f the joy of fandom is reading informed opinions, good or bad, about your team. That's why I have taken to reading Odd Thoughts and 8p9s more often than the mainstream stuff, even when they are both very harsh.

                If you make a NBA season preview and just dont mention some of the best teams... you simply aren't doing the job you say you are doing ... reviewing the NBA! Aren't the Pacers part of the NBA? Don't they have one of the best teams?

                And why shouldn't the Pacers get as much attention or more if they have a REALLY good team and say the Knicks have an average at best team? It's about the best teams... right?
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                  Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

                  Originally posted by King Tuts Tomb View Post
                  There's a Pacers blog on the ESPN blog network, the Pacers have their own website with a ton of coverage, they've been routinely predicted to finish in the top half of the Eastern conference by most sane observers. Paul George was one of the most discussed players during the off season. Not to mention all the local coverage. The Pacers, relative to almost every other professional sports team on planet Earth, receive a TON of attention and coverage. Do the Pacers get as much attention as the Lakers or Knicks? No, and they shouldn't. Things that happen in New York and LA get more attention.

                  And truthfully, why does anyone care if the Pacers get a couple extra minutes on Sportscenter? It doesn't get us any closer to a championship.
                  I didnt mention anything about the Pacers being on SportsCenter. You completely ignored my points.

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                    Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

                    No one cared about the Pistons until they traded for 'Sheed and went on to beat the Lakers. The NBA is built on stars, and, like it or not, the Pacers don't have one. It's going to take a lot more than winning a playoff series against a Howardless Magic team to get casual national fans to care about this team.

                    As for Sportscenter, Gerald Green will get us on there plenty this year.
                    "A man with no belly has no appetite for life."

                    - Salman Rushdie

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                      Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

                      I stopped watching ESPN a few years ago. Got sick of them slurping up stars.
                      First time in a long time, I've been happy with the team that was constructed, and now they struggle. I blame the coach.

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                        Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

                        So SI was "the best side ever" yesterday when they rated the Pacers at #2 but now SI sucks? OK.....
                        @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!

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                          Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

                          Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

                          Even men who think Jason Kidd can be sixth man of the year.

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                            Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

                            Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                            So SI was "the best side ever" yesterday when they rated the Pacers at #2 but now SI sucks? OK.....
                            When they do a "NBA season review" and leave one of the best teams in the eastern confernece out of it... and I mean COMPLETELY out of it... you are simply not doing what you are claiming to do and it's not ALL of SI that sucks, but it's definitely Thomsen who is ONE of the writers for SI, who if you look at his projections has a pretty big hard on for big market teams.
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                              Re: Ian Thomsen NBA Season preview ( and me ranting )

                              Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                              So SI was "the best side ever" yesterday when they rated the Pacers at #2 but now SI sucks? OK.....
                              The only thing more absurd than this post is the fact that a few people thanked you for it. I'm assuming by side you mean site as in " website ". Not only have i never said that, nor has many others on this board said that, but I didnt even make a reply in that thread. Furthermore, there was no opinion given on SI as a website. The opinion, was pointed toward Ian Tompsen. And given that it lasted all of 3 sentences before i started in on ESPN, one has to wonder how you managed to pick only that small segment of a post to come up with such an ill-conceived reply.

                              In other words. Either you have no clue what you're talking about right now, or you just like the idea of you typing things on the internet.

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