Yes, I admit, the Colts' title has gotten me greedy.
I can't help but wonder if Donnie and Larry were watching the parade and rally yesterday and wondering what it will take to get the Pacers to that level?
Well, imagine the Pacers are in your hands. How do you fix this team and not only win a championship, but do so with class?
Personally, I'm starting to think that we need to rebuild this team from the ground on up. It just doesn't seem like putting a bunch of role-players around JO is going to yield any title runs, and I don't see what second star we could pair with him while JO's still in his prime.
Most immediately, however, I still feel you have to look at the coach if we lay a dud to end the season again. The players have either completely tuned him out or his "new" coaching style (i.e. letting Mel Mel go nuts while playing small ball to "match" the opposition) is simply not very good. For Rick to keep his job, barring a major injury to JO or something, I think the Pacers need to get to at least the ECF, and be competitive.
I'm proud of our Colts -- they won a championship. I'm proud of our Hoosiers -- they're well-coached and play with a ton of effort and enthusiasm. But the Pacers...well, I'm still a fan, but it's honestly hard to root for this bunch of guys. They aren't very talented, and honestly, not very classy either. The latter has significantly improved with the trade, but it's still not enough. There's still too much selfishness going on out there, and too much lax play at times (especially the 1st quarter).