In the "Four Questions..." thread, sCleva wrote:
The Davis Boys were a true defensive force to be reckoned with.
And least not forget this team did have its share of shooters. Besides Reggie, there was Chuck Persons, Sam Perkins and Chris Mullins. But Reggie was Mr. Clutch.
So, what's the identity of Pacers basketball now? Under RC, it became a series of half-court sets. Alittle slow for my taste, but it was effective...for a while until the wheels fell off (brawl, Testies trade demand... ). But I believe Bird made the right choice to hire Jim O'Brien as the next coach. He comes across as the type of guy who won't hold any punches with his players. I also believe that he, like RC, has that unique ability to tap into the team's strengths and try to use them to their advantage. That's why I wasn't too hard on him when he made the switch; he knew it was this team's best chance to win ball games. Still, 2Cleva is correct. Coming into last season the only thing most people identified this team with was off-court troubles. But that's about to change.
Bird started the process of getting back to Pacers basketball last season when he hired JOB. Herb Simon has stepped in to lead the way, to outline the standards and set the tone. It's up to Jim Morris to market those ideals, those Pacers traditions, to the fans, for Bird and Morway to find the players who will uphold those ideals and for JOB to bring focus and clarity to the players on those ideals. When all of those things come together is when "Pacers basketball" will return.