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    I felt this was significant considering how many years we've spent previously discussing the chemistry of the team. I'm thrilled that this is where it currently stands.

    Speaking with the past half-decade or more in my mind, IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME!


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    I got another text message from the same person that sent me a message the other night in Denver.

    "You can tell the chemistry on the Pacers is so much better this season," he wrote in part of the message.

    I've told a number of people this, including Pacers PR man David Benner as we sat next to each other Wednesday, this is the best locker room I've had the opportunity to cover since I've been in Indiana and second overall (2003-04 Timberwolves were great).

    There's no jealousy or any cliques on the team. There's no finger pointing. I don't walk in the locker room and feel like there's any tension between players as in years past.

    The chemistry should get even better now that Mike Dunleavy is back.

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    I am so glad to hear this! I was afraid with the continual losing things might start to deteriorate.

    Thanx for the info.

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    Default Re: Wells: 'The best locker room I've had the opportunity to cover since I've been in Indiana'

    Nice to hear because some fans on this board seem to know that Granger isn't that a good teammate.

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    Nice to hear because some fans on this board seem to know that Granger isn't that a good teammate.
    Huh?

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    Re: Is Danny Granger overrated?

    Danny is not overrated at all. My only knock on him is this: He might not be a great teammate.
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    From the topic is DG overrated? This is an example of one post that some member think he is not that a great teammate. Didn't want to search further.

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    This team is doing the best that the can - really it is the first time in a long time that I am very confident in saying that. These players play hard, they play together - they play to win. Why there is still a lot of panic and complaining by Pacers fans is beyond me. Isn't this 100% what we expected from this team

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    I find that very encouraging given the fact they have lost alot of games. I think alot of it is we finally have a team leader (Granger) who isn't shoving it down everyones throat saying how it is HIS team etc.. or even thinking that way.. Just go out and play hard all the time without all the talk is how you are a team leader.

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    There is a lot of genuine emotion and excitement that's expressed by this team. Just watch Jack's reaction to Danny's game-winner last night or to Ford's game winner against Philly: he's ecstatic. The same goes for most of the guys on the bench. They're jumping up and down and yelling in support of their teammates much more than you generally see from an NBA team.

    I think Danny is the leader in this. I loved that when he hit the game winner last night, he didn't have that smug, "I'm a bada$$" swagger as he walked off the court. He had a big, goofy grin on his face.
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    I think Danny is the leader in this. I loved that when he hit the game winner last night, he didn't have that smug, "I'm a bada$$" swagger as he walked off the court. He had a big, goofy grin on his face.
    That was a perfect way to discribe it.

    And I think that is a quality that makes a player and his team endearing to its fan base. Not posing with chest puffed out and jersey being put on display, but just a big goofy grin.

    I haven't seen that kind of "pure joy" demonstrated by a Pacer player since Reggie Miller hit a big shot a few years ago and ran to the opposite end of the court and just kept jumping up in the air and landing in a half circle from each previous jump. Just a display of pure joy in playing the game and being able to complete an important play/shot.

    It's those small things that make most fans truly fall in love with their chosen teams.

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    FWIW... I'm pretty sure Granger did tug the jersey and show the Indiana on it....

    No biggie, just trying to mention it for accuracy's sake.

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    Default Re: Wells: 'The best locker room I've had the opportunity to cover since I've been in Indiana'

    Granger has previously done those things, however. Chest thumping, pulling his jersey across "Indiana". He does both.

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    Default Re: Wells: 'The best locker room I've had the opportunity to cover since I've been in Indiana'

    glad to hear this. even though we lost a lot of games it's great that the team chemistry is good.

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    Granger has previously done those things, however. Chest thumping, pulling his jersey across "Indiana". He does both.
    I don't have a problem with a player doing either of these things as long as it's the front of the jersey he's putting on display. Ain't nothing wrong with pointing out that "INDIANA" just won.


    Great to hear about the improved locker room and chemistry. The team is filled with players that want to prove they belong in this league but nobody thinks that they entitled or that they are better than they are.
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    Larry is not coming back, he didn't have a meeting with Orlando for not reason, yeah he is coming back to the NBA but not to the Pacers, the notion that he is a taking a year off and then come back is absurd.
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    I don't have a problem with a player doing either of these things as long as it's the front of the jersey he's putting on display. Ain't nothing wrong with pointing out that "INDIANA" just won.
    That is a great statement, there, 'menace.

    "Ain't nothin' wrong with that."

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    unfortunately, a good locker room won't make troy murphy, or jarrett jack, or jeff foster, or travis diener, or brandon rush any better of a player. it seems like wells is merely trying to sell tickets here.

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    unfortunately, a good locker room won't make troy murphy, or jarrett jack, or jeff foster, or travis diener, or brandon rush any better of a player. it seems like wells is merely trying to sell tickets here.
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    Default Re: Wells: 'The best locker room I've had the opportunity to cover since I've been in Indiana'

    Well hopefully they can trade Danny for Jeff Green, and we can become that much better.

    Seriously though, chemistry has a lot to do with whether or not a team wins or loses. It's one of those big X factors. Teams that don't get along crumble as the season progresses, and teams that enjoy each other play better basketball. While it won't make them individually better, it makes the TEAM better.

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    I don't have a problem with a player doing either of these things as long as it's the front of the jersey he's putting on display. Ain't nothing wrong with pointing out that "INDIANA" just won.
    players pointing to their names on the back or showing their chest and occasionally pounding their chest really gets at me. but what granger does doesn't. he'll pound his chest for a brief moment, but mainly holds out the "indiana" on the jersey. i see no problem with that, and actually love the fact that he has that much respect for his team.

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    Well hopefully they can trade Danny for Jeff Green, and we can become that much better.

    Seriously though, chemistry has a lot to do with whether or not a team wins or loses. It's one of those big X factors. Teams that don't get along crumble as the season progresses, and teams that enjoy each other play better basketball. While it won't make them individually better, it makes the TEAM better.
    yup, good chemistry has made the pacers a great team this year (13-22). if you have that much of a problem with my comment on green's potential, then why don't you provide a counter argument/opinion instead of bring up that topic in every thread you post? my question as an nba fan, is how much do really know about jeff green? how can you mock my statement when you probably have seen 2 maybe 3 games of his? provide an argument that says green can't be as good or drop the issue completely...

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    yup, good chemistry has made the pacers a great team this year (13-22). if you have that much of a problem with my comment on green's potential, then why don't you provide a counter argument/opinion instead of bring up that topic in every thread you post? my question as an nba fan, is how much do really know about jeff green? how can you mock my statement when you probably have seen 2 maybe 3 games of his? provide an argument that says green can't be as good or drop the issue completely...
    I haven't seen Jeff Green play at all this season, unless we've played the team he is on. Heck, I don't know anything about the guy, but I know I want Granger.

    No, we aren't proud of our record, but you have to have a good team chemistry before you win games. That is what we are proud of.

    I think you are just a little frustrated that we are rebuilding and not winning.

    It's that simple.

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    Default Re: Wells: 'The best locker room I've had the opportunity to cover since I've been in Indiana'

    It's nice to have likable players for once.

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    yup, good chemistry has made the pacers a great team this year (13-22). if you have that much of a problem with my comment on green's potential, then why don't you provide a counter argument/opinion instead of bring up that topic in every thread you post? my question as an nba fan, is how much do really know about jeff green? how can you mock my statement when you probably have seen 2 maybe 3 games of his? provide an argument that says green can't be as good or drop the issue completely...

    Every post I make? Hardly. Actually I think that's the first time.

    With that said, chemistry isn't the defining factor to wins. No one has ever claimed it to be. Chemistry can be the difference between 13-22 and 10-25 though. Not having issues between players goes a long way. It makes them more enjoyable to watch, and more successful. But in no way is it the most important aspect of the team. I can provide countless examples just from the years of watching Tinsley and AJ. Those Pacer squads routinely underachieved. That's even without talking about the bigger elephant in the room with Ron and JO.

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    OMG, this is too good.

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    I haven't seen Jeff Green play at all this season, unless we've played the team he is on. Heck, I don't know anything about the guy, but I know I want Granger.

    No, we aren't proud of our record, but you have to have a good team chemistry before you win games. That is what we are proud of.

    I think you are just a little frustrated that we are rebuilding and not winning.

    It's that simple.
    uhh lol...i don't think anybody has wanted to rebuild more on this message board than me. but to rebuild, i think that would require more young talent than what we have. rookie or not, brandon rush has been awful this year and i don't see that improving. hibbert hasn't shown much either but to his defense, centers take longer to develop. granger is a fine young player, but if the pacers are going to ever win during his prime, they'll need more than just dunleavy as his sidekick.

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    Every post I make? Hardly. Actually I think that's the first time.

    With that said, chemistry isn't the defining factor to wins. No one has ever claimed it to be. Chemistry can be the difference between 13-22 and 10-25 though. Not having issues between players goes a long way. It makes them more enjoyable to watch, and more successful. But in no way is it the most important aspect of the team. I can provide countless examples just from the years of watching Tinsley and AJ. Those Pacer squads routinely underachieved. That's even without talking about the bigger elephant in the room with Ron and JO.
    if that was the first time, then join the club. but in mocking my statement about jeff green, are you or are you not going to compare the two and provide an opinion as to why jeff green can never be in granger's league as a player? or are you going to man up like duke and admit you really don't know much about green and are blindly supporting granger?

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