I have read the Pacer Digest posts for some time now but never wanted to respond. With the way this season is starting I find myself wanting to share my views on some of the posts. As a season ticket holder, I watched how the Pacers struggled last year. This is a new year and there is already so much controvercy that it is going to be a tough start again, in my opinion.
I believe that there is not only a need for a few key players but also a need for determination and a well disciplined team. I hope that the new coach can bring those concepts back to the Pacers. I do not believe that the Pacers need to make a lot of trades. It takes time for players to play well together and how can they when the team keeps changing? Chemistry is not always a given, it has to be developed. There were players last season that got little playing time. They did not get a change to develop as a Pacer. For instance, Maceo Baston. He is a very nice addition to the Pacers but Rick gave him very little playing time. Yes, I know he had an injury that prevented this somewhat...but, who on the team didn't have some kind of injury. Maceo is very disciplined. As an example of this, almost after every gave you could see him running laps in the practice gym. He was not in the IndyStar with headlines. He is a very nice, fan friendly, respectable family man playing for the Pacers. He has talent. I just read the post that we may be losing him to the Raptors. And there are others interested in him. This should send a message to the Indiana Pacers that maybe we need to look at him again and offer him a contract. I think the "powers" of the Pacers are so interested in that championship that they are not looking at the big picture and the future of the team. I look forward to reading and posting as a new member. I am sorry for being so long winded.