Will the Pacers get another chance like this again? They are one of the higher payrolls in the league. Unless a team is really desperate, or we are really lucky, there isn't much room to make a significant change to the roster. TMac would be nice, but at what cost. Do stars really want to go to where it snows in the winter and not be near a coast? This year was a prime opportunity and it is gone. We had alot of things going:
-MVP candidate in his prime
-Defensive player of the year in his prime (for cheap $$)
-Improved Point Guard (for cheap $$)
-Clutch shooter still hitting some clutch shots
-Runner up in sixth man (for cheap $$)
-Home court throughout playoffs. BEST RECORD IN THE LEAGUE.
-Weak Boston matchup
-Young undersized Miami matchup
-Low offense Detroit team matchup with no real superstar (hamilton... superstar??? allstar maybe.. superstar not yet.)
I hope we don't end up like the Kings. They had few key injuries in the playoffs in a perfect season to take the title. Now, they seem so far from a title even with a big acquisition of BMiller.
Before last nights game, Larry Brown said (paraphrased), "A chance to go to the Finals doesn't happen all the time, I've been coaching for 30 years and only been to the Finals once. I've been trying to get that across to the young guys on the team."
Did injuries, unfortunate bounces of the ball, passive play blow our great chance to finally bring respect to our Pacers?