The mantra is that it's hard for a sporting franchise to survive, let along thrive, in a small market. Several have mentioned how a team like the Pacers needs to be conservative (or even extra conservative) with their moves because they can't risk being a lottery team whether by accident (bad and/or quick moves) or by blowing up the team and rebuilding from scratch).
There has been a recent spate of postings defending players against certain criticisms by pointing out that what some may be seeing (and not liking) is by design (not a player failing per se'). This would be questions like whether Carlisle wants Tinsley to be a shoot-first PG or whether he's just making bad decisions. It would be questions about whether Carlisle believes in players blocking out or prefers them to be ball hawks instead. Questions regarding the offensive design.... defensive schemes... what are player lapses and what are simply just a weakness in the design....etc..
So that brings me to the discussion point. Here in Indiana, if the first part above is true about what it takes to make a franchise survive, is it a good idea to build a team where blocking out is not emphasized... where motion, screening, passing are not emphasized.... where the PG is asked to be shoot first... where guard play is not our bread and butter.... etc...
Over the years we've been accustomed to a certain style of basketball in Indiana. From the winner takes all IHSAA tourney of year's past to a rather impressive run of in-state college ball over the years. Structured, fundamentally sound with a disciplined demeanor and oncourt play is expected and that type of effort is rewarded (and respected). We've all seen it over the years. Do we not expect these same principles in our 21st century pro basketball as well? ...especially in Indiana...
Is getting away from that here in Indiana just asking for trouble and fan discontent? Does that make some of us hate some of the other issues more than we should because we just can't relate to the product on the floor in the first place?
Do we just need to be brought kicking and screaming into the modern era of NBA basketball if we ever want a championship? And will some of us make it, let alone last thru the transition, or will the gate suffer to the point of real problems?
Or does management and ownership need to take a look at putting a product on the floor that people here like and understand first and foremost? ...And then find a way to make that team competitive and turn them into contenders? I wonder if this position is the minority or majority opinion. I know I feel the team needs to be built this way first and foremost and feel we've gotten too far away from it for whatever reasons... regardless of who you blame directly or indirectly.