Great point. But we have way more competition that you think. Boston is down to 27 million in 2012, Dallas is down to 38 in 2012, Houston is down to 41 next year, 33 in 2012, and the Clippers are going to be under 20 million in 2012. Those are all teams whose payrolls will be cut in half by then, as of right now. Also, NJ still has cap space as well.
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Some of you guys don't like what Danny said, but I look at it like Danny feels loyal to the team and isn't going to pull a LeMelo on the Pacers, and I love him for that. What he is talking about with the players demanding where they can go is very scary for a club like the Pacers. What if All-Star Paul George demands a trade in 3 years because he wants to be a Laker... That would really hurt. The NBA needs a franchise tag or something.
All in all though, Indy isn't so bad, Fishers is rated in the top 10 places to live in the USA, but it is cold and it certainly isn't south beach where the all the young people want to go party.
I am always interested in what athletes are looking for in the city where they play. I mean - they need to live there during the winter months, and Indy is not a fun city when the weather gets cold. But as a place to buy things, pay taxes, put kids into schools, and be worshipped, Indy is a great place to put down roots 9 months a year. No traffic, centrally located, and its nice neighborhoods are really nice.
Reggie Miller had this concept down to a science - he treated Hoosiers like they were his 'home' when he was in season, then he moved to L.A. when it was off season. Same with Peyton, right? That's all an athlete has to do during his 10-15 year career. For purposes of what an athlete needs (particularly if family is involved), I don't know how the mid-sized city isn't a better option.
I agree with Danny under standard circumstances (ie. success). You build a good team through the draft and smart FA moves and develop a consistently winning environment and players will come to you. We were attracting good veteran players in the late-90s willing to play for a chance at a title.
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