I know I don't contribute alot to this board, but I have been around here for a LONG time, albeit alot of lurking, but I am just not as good of a communicator as most. I have enjoyed reading alot of posters on here for a long time, namely UB, K-Stat, Naptown Seth, Newman8r, Anthem, Peck, and of course Hicks (sorry if I left anyone out, everyone on here is great), but I have something on my mind that I need some of you to help me with.
I have been a huge Pacers fan since about 1983, all through the lean years, the glory years, and now through the lean years again. Back in the 80's, we didn't know how to win but that changed in the early 90's due to Reggie, Rik, the Davis "Brothers", Heywoode, etc. I remember how all of those teams back then electrified this city like some of you young guys, my 10 and 11 year old kids included, could never understand. It really seems to me that Reggie was overwhelmingly the main catalyst for all the good that happened to this franchise for a long time, I really miss those days.
My question is what will it take for us to get back to those type of city changing, electrifying feelings that we took for granted in Indy for so long? I remember when Reggie was drafted, there wasn't a whole lot of people in this city that were very happy with the selection. It took him a few years to gain the respect of this city but when we got behind him, it was magic. Will Brandon be the one to do this? I remember sitting at Conseco Fieldhouse on draft night last year with my kids when we drafted Bayless and everyone there was so excited. I got home and found out we traded him for Rush and I got on this board and other sites and there were ALOT of people less than thrilled with the trade. This kind of reminds me of the situation with Reggie on draft night all those years ago, although it's a bit different because most people wanted us to draft Steve Alford back then. Can you imagine where we would be now if that would have happened? Probably the FORMER "Indiana" Pacers. Brandon has shown flashes of his potential but I am not sure if he can be the catalyst to make this city embrace the Pacers like Reggie did so many years ago.
Is there someone in this draft class that could do this for us or am I just hoping for too much? I realize that there is not alot of 'potential' in this year's draft but Reggie didn't start out as a superstar and not many people envisioned him being a superstar back in '87, but he sure was in alot of our minds. I suppose I just need some reassurance that the glory days will return soon.
Please let me know your thoughts on this subject.