A couple of times now DK - a true, blue Knicks man - has used the term "us" when describing Pacers fans - OK, maybe he just meant fellow members of PD, but it was enough for a few to call him out on it.
This got me thinking.
Honestly, why shouldn't Rimfire like more than one team? And if he follows more than one, is there really a better story to follow this year than the one in Indiana?
It's funny - I had a talk with some west coasters about the Pacers and they couldn't believe the stories I was sharing - the fast start, the "take time off" bit, the fight, the "Hoosiers"-like four games after, the maddening decline, the injuries, the line-ups, the playoff position run, the retirement, the 7 games against Boston. And here's the question that capped it all off during my storytelling: "This all happened this year? In ONE season?!?"
Yes. And the Pacers are still alive. And they are still fighting. I don't think any team in any sport has seen a season like this.
By geographical association alone, DK, and everyone in Indiana has the privilege of being a part of something unique - maybe even spectacular.
It's that kind of year. It's a year of crazy stories and emotional extremes. It's the kind of year that can turn the curious, or merely "casually informed", into F-A-N fans.
Honestly, I think there's a story in this team anyone and everyone could identify with - Anyone who's looked at long odds, faced adversity, defied expectations.
So yes, I welcome all fans of all teams to the most gut wrenching and riveting fan experience in modern NBA memory. Few have made it through the heartache, but those who survived have been rewarded by the journey itself.
I love following THIS pacers team - and I mean this particular collection of guys - more than any NBA team in my history as a fan. Frankly, I'm surprised there aren't more people - even fans who have sworn allegiance to other teams - using "us" or "we" when they really mean "you Pacers people". Not everybody has to have blind devotion to colors - there are MEN in those Blue Gold and White uniforms, and they have stories to tell. I for one am watching, listening, relating and sharing those stories whenever I can.