July 16, 2008
Four new Pacers won't look back
By Mike Wells
What happened on and off the court to the Indiana Pacers is in the past -- according to the new players the franchise acquired in trades last month.
The new focus is on the present, which includes ending a two-year hiatus from the playoffs.
"I think this is a change for all of us and we all want to be part of the change," new point guard T.J. Ford said today. "The changing of the views of Indiana Pacers basketball and we're to continue to get the fans back in the building. ... We want to give them our best effort every night, every day in practice and definitely surprise a lot of people in the NBA and show them that Pacers basketball is back."
Ford, Jarrett Jack, former Carmel High School star Josh McRoberts and Maceo Baston were introduced at a news conference at Conseco Fieldhouse today. Rookies Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert were introduced Tuesday.
"I'm speechless having a chance to have a dream come true," McRoberts said. "To be up here, to be an Indiana Pacer. I'm very excited and looking forward to getting the season started and bringing back great pride that's here in Indiana."