This is merely a repost from the Star News but I believe in this sooooooo strongly. So here it is, feel free to comment:
Okay, the P's are 35-33 and 6th in the East at the moment. Some sniping abounds. Some folks dog Carlisle, some dog SJax. But I honestly believe the Indiana Pacers will win the NBA title within 3 years. I'd make a bet on it but this is cyberspace and making bets is pretty difficult.
Adversity molds champions. The NBA is rather unique compared to other professional leagues. In the NBA, the window of opportunity can actually expand as a team faces more adversity. If I need to detail recent NBA history back to the 1980's then let me know. But otherwise, those who have followed the game since 1986 probably feel me.
The Pacers have done an amazing job of holding it together despite what they have faced. The rumble in Auburn Hills obviously set us back but the franchise has bounced back nicely. We made an unexpected playoff run last season. And now, we managed to deal Artest for a great player in Peja. We made a brief run. That momentum died but now we have Tinsley and JO back and healthy. And Granger/Harrison are looking more and more like brilliant draft picks.
SJax is on the hater list. I'll be honest, I've had his back all along but even myself has to question him at this point. But overall, we have the makings of a championship team now. I think it will take at least one more shrewd trade or FA pickup to push this thing over the top, but the P's are on the verge.
I'll say this - build around Granger, Harrison, Jermaine and Peja. Those players are solid. Fill in the blanks. If Tinsley can finally stay healthy, it makes it all that much easier.
The Indiana Pacers are one of the better managed franchises in the NBA. And I think the day will come that Donnie Walsh can enjoy a champagne shower. With the Artest mess out of the picture, I say this moment arrives within 3 years.
The most important point to me is for the younger Pacers fans who perhaps don't remember this franchise until 1994 or later. I can understand your frustration but at the same time, I think you don't see the bigger picture quite so well.
In the NBA, every champion must endure defeat and disappointment before achieving the ultimate goal. I see the Pacers lining up to be the next success story. Not this season, but very soon.
Keep the faith folks. It's coming.