A friend recently pointed out to me that the Pacers have, in the last two years, become a significantly whiter team. We now have six white players under contract, five of which will definitely be on the team this season and four of which are at least starters or significant role players. This is an especially high percentage for an NBA team, especially when something like 90% of the league is black.
My question is, did the Indiana Pacers consciously make the decision to start building the team around white players as a reaction to the off the court issues of the last few years?
A couple notes: I am NOT calling the Pacers organization racist. Making sure to have at least a couple of white players on an NBA bench is nothing new, Red Aurebach made sure he always did in Boston (there's an article out there somewhere about the intentional racial make-up of Red's Celtics teams. I'll try and find it and post it when I can).
On a personal level, I don't think it's intentional. I think we acquired the best players we could in the trades we made, despite skin color. But I do wonder how players on other teams, and other team's fans, interpret this. Last season a friend texted me "Do the Pacers know the league is desegregated?"
So what do you guys think?