Happy at last, Pacers grow up together
by Mike Wells
March 8, 2009
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The Indiana Pacers have endured their share of problems in a season that likely will end a week from today. One issue they haven't had, however, is poor team chemistry.
"This is the best locker room I've been in for the eight years I've been in the NBA," forward Troy Murphy said. "We really have a great group. When I first came here (January 2007), I don't think it was always that way, and last year it really wasn't toward the end. I'm happy to play with these guys and come work with them every day."
Pacers president Larry Bird spent a lot of time checking backgrounds on the seven players acquired last summer.
Several players credit Bird for changing the culture. Bird traded Jermaine O'Neal and Shawne Williams and told point guard Jamaal Tinsley to stay away from the team.
"We're all friends, and that's big," All-Star forward Danny Granger said. "We've had our differences here and there, but with any team or family, that will happen. I think overall, this is a better group (for chemistry)."
Getting along won't get the Pacers back to the playoffs, but it was the first of many steps.