i also miss not being able to hold my head up high when i say that i am a pacers fan..... in the middle of new england.
i also miss not being able to hold my head up high when i say that i am a pacers fan..... in the middle of new england.
"Sometimes, when you look Andy in the eyes, you get a feeling somebody else is driving." -- David Letterman
Going to Conseco now is going to a game. Going to MSA in the 90's was going to an event.
I miss the jam packed arena. I miss being excited and wanting to watch every game. I miss the flo-jo's. I miss the Pacers getting national TV coverage rather than being one of the biggest afterthought franchises in professional sports. I tell people in Washington, D.C. that I am a Pacers fan and it takes them a second to remember that the Pacers are a basketball team in the NBA from Indiana.
But most of all, I miss Reggie. I miss Rik and Mark too.
I miss having confidence in this Team. It used to be that we had a fighting chance with this Team against any Team....we beat Teams we were supposed to beat....and had some chance of beating Teams that were considered Elite.
Now, I don't know whether we can pull off a win against any Team....whether they are Playoff or Lottery bound.
Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.
I miss the old Pacers Digest where you could visit and receive a lot of really good basketball info and engage in some meaningful conversations instead of all of the current "hate" threads that seem to exist.
I would rather be the hammer than the nail
I grew up a Pacers fan because of watching Reggie in the playoffs. Obviously miss that.
Being the class of the East, debating whether or not they could win the Finals.
I miss Reggie.......
I miss pinstripes representing both class and excellence as well as a world class franchise in a sport besides baseball. To me, the move away from the pinstripes never felt right somehow, but in fact it must have actually been, because that is exactly when the Pacers stopped being the same franchise it had been for years prior to that.
I miss teeth rattling defense played by guys who left everything they had on the floor, and when they failed to do that, were called out for it by both players and coaches alike.
I miss a time when the phrase "In 49 states it's just basketball, but this is Indiana!" actually meant something, even outside Indiana.
I miss fundamentally sound teams that had the ability to be explosive as needed, and clutch performances that came not just from Reggie but other guys at crucial times as well just enough times so that the opponents never 100% knew what play to think was coming or where it might come from.
Ultimately, I guess I miss the essence of the Pacers from the Reggie era, and fear we might not see that again.
Happy New Year?
The old style basketball. This "run up the court, shoot a three" offense is a pain to watch.
I miss seeing our team completely dominate every other team except the best of the best. When I used to watch the games, I wasn't hoping for a win, that was given. I was excited about how badly they were going to destroy whomever they faced.
Not having to get laughed at when I say I am a pacers fan.
I miss being a good defensive team... getting timely turnovers and stops when they needed it.
I miss having savvy/wily veterans who might not have been the most athletic, but they were extremely fundamentally sound, did their jobs, were smart, understood offensive flow, passed the ball well, knew when to pass and when to take the shot, knew how to draw fouls, and knew how to hit their foul shots almost automatically, and they shot from the field with much better form, more accuracy and consistency.
Last edited by Kid Minneapolis; 01-01-2010 at 08:45 PM.
I still don't feel comfortable wearing the gear. Honestly, I feel like I'm wearing a leisure suit...
Seriously though, it's a lot easier to put the Purdue cap on these days...particularly since they are undefeated and just spanked the #6 team in the NCAA.
I miss being happy about going to watch my favorite team play.
I miss liking our coach.
I miss recognizing some type of actual game plan, style or substitution pattern.
I miss looking down the road and still being optimistic.
I miss being able to complain about incompetence without the complain police telling me how I should feel.
I miss national articles about the Pacers like this one from a little over 10 years ago. We were 22-10, on a good run, 1st year in Conseco, getting ready to make it to the Finals, and the team was on the verge of being blown up by a coaching change and losing some key players. It's hard to believe this was a decade ago!
Fighting age, uncertainty, Pacers may finally win it all.
The Sporting News| January 17, 2000 | D'Alessandro, Dave
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The hottest team in the league outside of El-Lay is a team with no future. Maybe that sounds melodramatic, but there's no kinder or gentler way to put it.
Even the Pacers themselves acknowledge this to be true.
But instead of feeling sorry for themselves, instead of fading quietly into the domain of has-beens, Indiana players seem to have adopted a don't-give-a-damn attitude.
It has resulted in a remarkable stretch of basketball: They came out of last weekend winners of 15 of their last 18, and no matter how long this trend continues, no matter how much space they put between themselves and the rest of the Eastern Conference, the Pacers know they cannot be taken seriously unless they continue to play through the distractions they are facing.
Start with age. Mark Jackson and Reggie Miller are 34-year-old free agents. Rik Smits is 33 and probably in his last season. Sam Perkins is 38. Even 30-year-old Dale Davis has asked to be traded if the team doesn't give him an extension. They are the club's nucleus, and team president Donnie Walsh has not committed to re-signing any of them.
That creates a great deal of uncertainty--even more than Larry Bird's lame-duck status. Yes, the Pacers are playing beautifully fight now. And it could lead to an NBA title, or it could lead to another postseason flameout, followed by a very emotional bust-up.
It keeps coming up, yet it has had no noticeable effect on the product Jackson, for one, continues to question why management hasn't rewarded its veterans for reaching the conference finals four limes in the last six years. Even if they plan to rebuild, the point guard said, they should do it gradually.
"If any team is considering rebuilding, you'd better throw in a mixture of good veterans to help facilitate the development of the young players while keeping the team competitive and worth the fans supporting," Jackson said. "I believe that the composition we have fight now is a good one.
"What better shooting guard to practice with and learn from than Reggie? Dale also can teach defense and rebounding, and I can share my backcourt knowledge, too. Sam Perkins, Chris Mullin and Derrick McKey--those veterans also have wisdom to offer."
Somehow, he overlooks the fact that these six would take up half the roster and roughly $30 million in cap space. It's not good business. Unless, of course, they finally win a title this year. Walsh can table these tough decisions for when that time comes, but until then, Jackson admits the players are disappointed they haven't all received contractual rewards. In fact, he has interpreted management's inaction as a tacit suggestion they're not expected to compete for a title this season.
"I think it's good what (Utah owner) Larry Miller did for Karl Malone, John Stockton and Jeff Hornacek," Jackson said. "He knows that Karl probably won't play out his new contract until he's 40 or olden But it was his way of rewarding loyalty and production. And I believe that when an organization does that, good things will happen to it."
Or, they'll be saddled with cap-busting, long-term deals that will curtail their rebuilding program for years and years.
Meanwhile, perhaps the Pacers should be satisfied that management doesn't want to tinker any further. Walsh, one of the sagest heads in the business, does not act impulsively. That Antonio Davis-Jonathan Bender deal last summer--still don't get it--was the most dramatic move he has made in his long and successful career.
And even though that move hasn't paid any dividends yet, Walsh and Bird merely have to point out that there has been just enough contribution from the younger group (Travis Best, Jalen Rose, Al Harrington and Austin Croshere) to give Indy a formidable mix. Enough to satisfy the coach, anyway.
"I don't feel a need to do anything," Bird said last week. "We're playing well."
Much of the Pacers' future is in Bird's hands, but he hasn't decided what he'll do next year. He admits the idea of directing basketball operations appeals to him on some days and not on others. He could pick his own successor. He could make his own decisions on the major free agents (Rose among them). As of now, that could be the only incentive the Pacers have to continue their run under a lame-duck coach.
A month ago, they were 7-7 and there was persistent doubt--even some debate--that Walsh's rebuilding hadn't taken a more radical form. Now, at 22-10 through Saturday, they're talking the talk again. They were two wins from The Finals last year, but in retrospect, we all learned they were a team built to defeat the Patrick Ewing Knicks. Against the Marcus Camby Knicks, they were hopelessly overmatched in terms of athleticism up front, and they didn't deserve the title shot, regardless of Jess Kersey's brainlock in Game 3.
Had they advanced past the Knicks, it was very possible the Pacers would have won the title, because they would have had some very favorable matchups and circumstances against San Antonio--plenty of big bodies to draw fouls on the Twin Towers, an overwhelming physical mismatch at point guard, a chance for Reggie to show his skill on the biggest stage of all and a matchup nightmare in Rose, to name a few.
The Pacers knew it. They still know it. Now it's all woulda, shoulda, coulda. Now they're not competing against the Knicks or Spurs. They're competing against a perception that their time has passed, and they've convinced themselves their own management is against them.
"As long as we continue to move the ball and play with effort, we have a chance to win the whole thing," Rose says. "The cream always rises to the top. We have guys who have been around and know what to do on a nightly basis. When the playoffs come we have as good a chance as anybody else."
Don't doubt it. Have you reviewed the teams in the East lately? If everything breaks fight, Walsh and Bird may have more difficult choices than they originally had thought.
TSN's Power Poll
Rk. Team W-L
1. LA. Lakers 29-5
2. Portland 25-8
3. Indiana 22-10
4. Utah 22-10
5. San Antonio 23-12
6 Miami 21-11
7. Seattle 20-13
8. New York 20-13
9. Sacramento 18-12
10. Phoenix 19-13
11. Toronto 18-14
12. Philadelphia 19-15
13. Charlotte 18-15
14. Detroit 18-15
15. Milwaukee 19-15
16. Minnesota 16-14
17. Denver 17-15
18. Orlando 16-18
19. Boston 14-18
20. New Jersey 13-20
21 Cleveland 14-19
22. Atlanta 12-21
23. Dallas 10-23
24. Houston 10-23
25. Washington 11-23
26. L.A. Clippers 10-22
27. Vancouver 8-24
28. Golden State 6-26
29. Chicago 5-26
LA. Lakers Kobe and Shaq are enough to fill up anyone. Who
needs that side of Rice?
Portland With all their stars, Blazers' player of the week
was Bonzi Wells.
Indiana Reggie is hitting on all cylinders, including
Utah Malone's elbows are finally starting to heat up.
So is the Jazz.
San Antonio Even with their struggles, the Spurs still can rely
on twin towers for wins.
Miami If team is looking for point guard insurance,
trouble could be looming.
Seattle Patterson is hustling again after a bit of pouting
and a trip to the bench.
New York Houston's asserting himself; Ewing seems to be
accepting his (small) role.
Sacramento Williams' recklessness is starting to catch up to
him at times.
Phoenix Hardaway's return should make an immediate impact.
Toronto Oakley's shot is falling, but Carter may be tiring.
Philadelphia Healthy Ratliff could be a pick-me-up. So can
Iverson, whenever he wants.
Charlotte Silas says it best: Contenders with Eddie,
mediocre without him.
Detroit Hill has turned into a machine, putting the team
on his back.
Milwaukee Traylor, Thomas for Ike Austin? Johnson isn't a
center, but neither is Ike.
Minnesota Now starting, Sealy is making the most of his
Denver Van Exel is very streaky, but when he's on, lookout.
Orlando Crashing back to earth as defensive specialist
Armstrong struggles on D.
Boston Pitino abandons full-court pressure for man-to-man
... Celts lose to Bulls.
New Jersey Just when they learn how to win again, Nets hear
Williams may not return.
Cleveland Can anyone explain Sura's resurgence?
Atlanta If this keeps up, Wilkens may want to keep the
Dallas Even Mailman haters would root for him in a
steel-cage match with Nellie.
Houston The talent seems to be in place to win games--it's
just not happening.
Washington Team isn't as bad as two losses to Bulls would
indicate. But it's close.
L.A. Clippers Taylor rips Olowokandi, but Mo could be the one on
his way out.
Vancouver Dickerson is becoming a first-rate scorer; Bibby
is getting him the ball.
Golden State Reality: The Warriors aren't that good, regardless
of who's coaching them.
Chicago Playing the Wizards can increase anyone's
Through last Saturday's games. TSN's Power Poll is determined by TSN editors. Comments by Stephen Siegel.
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Dave D'Alessandro covers the NBA for the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I miss being able to rub it in my childhood friend's faces that I am still a Pacer's fan good or bad.
The yellow paint