I'm just stating the obvious here, but no matter what happens, I'm proud of this team.
If we lose the next 3 games(which I definitely don't think we will), I know that we will have given everything that we have in us. This team has so much heart, it's been a privilege to watch them the past couple of months.
I have never been more proud of a Pacers team. To overcome what they did, when so many wrote them off. I myself was in serious doubt that this team would even make the postseason a couple of months ago.
I want to thank Reggie Miller. I have been critical of Reggie Miller for the contract, and the deferring to other players the past couple of seasons. But the way that Reggie has handled himself the past couple of months, literally willing the Pacers into the playoffs......It's something I will never forget.
When I think of Reggie Miller in 5 years, I'll think of him this season first and foremost. I'll think of the 39 year old that willed this team to the playoffs, when this franchise had needed him more than ever. This wasn't the dream season that us fans and Reggie had probably hoped it would be. But Reggie did everything for us.
Yeah there are the great clutch shots in NY, yes there is the shot against the Bulls....but I don't know if there is anything Reggie has done that has been more special than what he has done the past couple of months for this franchise.
Thanks Reggie, this Pacers fan will never forget what you did for this franchise in your final season.
I'm proud of J.O. If there were faults in JO's game this year, it was because he felt he had the burden of carrying the load himself, after the brawl. Some may call JO immature or whatever, but seeing him play in pain like he is right now, obviously unwilling to play anywhere near 100%, but doing what he can.....that shows true character.
I'm proud of Anthony Johnson. This is a guy who I think we all know is clearly a backup point guard, but has been stuck into a starting situation, and has done better than I think most of us thought he would. Does he make bad decisions? Yes....Does he take awful shots sometimes? Hell yes......But he has helped the Pacers win many games, including last nights.
Is Stephen Jackson a hot head? Hell yes. But I think from day one, we all saw that this guy wants to win. I like his heart, I like his cockiness at times. He isn't afraid of anyone.
I'll be the first to admit I was wrong about Dale Davis. I thought Dale Davis would ride the pine here. But he is like the player we traded in 00.
In some ways.....I want to get past this season, for obvious reasons......But in some ways, I dont wan't to see it end, because of the awesome effort shown by this particular group of players
It has been a privilege to watch these guys.