I noticed in another thread that someone had mentioned how Indiana fans don't come out to support the Pacers or the NBA. Here is my take:
Indiana folks grow up on bball. They know how the game is supposed to be played. The Pacers have done a fantastic job at building a team that the state can be proud of. I REALLY like this team. Great work-ethic. Class individuals on the team. true professionals.
The "star treatment" for the big name players and teams really turn the average Indiana fan off. Plays that get called one way for player x and another for player y are a big turnoff. The nfl at least has a review of dirty plays (hits) and levy fines against players that don't play "the right way". Does the nba do this? An example would be during the Heat game there was a possession where we had the ball and Battier and West got into a small scrap. The officials made sure it stayed calm. On the ensuing play at the other end you see Chalmers cut baseline and come up the middle behind West and clearly lower his shoulder and crush West from behind. Was a foul called by the baseline official that is supposed to be watching that area? What about the weak side official? He did not call it either. It was clearly an intentional dirty play! Will the NBA fine Chalmers? I bet not. Had this happened to Lebron it would be handled differently I am sure. This is what drives fans from Indiana away from the NBA. I think most fans love these Pacers but can't stand the double standard of the NBA.