Most Pacers fans right now follow into 1 of 2 categories.
1) You believe that the Pacers are a top 3 or 4 team in the NBA, their only major problem is those damn Detroit Pistons. You aren't for any major moves, because you think it's will be difficult to get a stronger core than this.
2) You believe this team has major issues. You believe that this team lacks maturity, leadership, mental toughness, durability, etc. You would welcome some big changes to the roster this offseason.
Before we dive into any of this, it's pretty obvious that Pacers fans on either side of this can make a strong case for either issue.
Let's talk about number 1 first. Many posters on here believe that we do indeed have a top 3 or 4 team in the NBA. They believe that the only problem with this team is the fact that the Pistons are just a deeper, more experienced and just....well an obviously better team(something either side could agree on). You believe that there is really no major practical move that could make the Pacers that much of a better team. You believe that Jermaine, Ron, and Jax is a core that we should stick with for a long time.
You can't wait to get Ron Artest back. You think he is the key to making the Pacers a top 3 or 4 team. You think that he just made a bad mistake, and will be fine next year, back to an "allstar"
Every Pacer fan knows this team has great "potential", but if you support "1", you believe that this team can live up to high expectations. You see Detroit as being the only roadblock in the Pacers season, and are confident that if a healthy, complete Pacers team plays Detroit next year, they can take them.
Watching Detroit handle Miami last night backs you up alot. You believe that the Pacers would eliminate everyone in the East, with the obvious exception of Detroit for the time being. You believe that even the beat up Pacers team we had this season could have possibly taken out Miami(I don't).
Now, let's do a complete 180.............
If you support number 2, you think that there are alot of unanswered questions about this team. You don't think Ron Artest is the answer here. You don't think this team is mature enough, and have doubts to whether it ever will be. You don't believe that a core of JO-Jax-and Artest can lead this team deep into the playoffs. By deep, I mean NBA finals.
You want to see big moves if you support this. You're tired of waiting with this current roster. You're tired of hearing injury excuses such as "if we would have just had a healthy Jermaine and Tinsley, don't worry, we'll beat them next year."
You're sick of the support of Ron Artest. You belive that he just doesn't get it, and will never have his head screwed on straight. You believe that Ron IS the major problem. You believe that him going up into the stands followed a pattern of behavior that we have seen for a couple years now. You can't trust him.
You question whether Jermaine is a Duncan-like leader. You want him to take control of the team next year, but have doubts to whether he can do it.
I tend to fall into number 2. I have some serious doubts about this team. Maybe you don't feel as "apples and oranges" as this post lays out, but I think it's pretty hard to fall in-between. Most people by now have a definite opinion of this squad.