I'm as excited for a season to start as I can ever remember being... I'm drinking the kool-aid and have high (maybe too high) expectations for the team this year.
As a die hard life long Pacer fanatic I really really want to believe that this is our year.... BUT.... as a die hard life long Pacer fan, I have more than enough experience in the team not meeting my lofty expectations. I'm struggling to find the right balance between over confidence and stark realism. We all know the NBA season is a long and winding road wrought with unexpected twists and turns. Their are bound to be bumps in the road this season as well.
On paper this team is far superior to last seasons squad... just the upgrades on the bench assures me of that, but their are some nagging pessimistic doubts going into this season that I can't help but to think about.
We still do not have a point guard.... Hill has done a commendable job at handling the pg duties but he is the first to state that he IS NOT a point guard and never will be.
How much has Paul improved on his ball handling? I hope a helluva lot cause he needs to. It the one part of his game that is way mediocre and he was solely responsible for waaaay too many turnovers last season.
A healthy Granger usually takes 2 months of regular season playing time to start hitting his stride.... how long will it take him when he's got that sliver of a doubt about the knee? IMO he has to play at a high level fairly quickly or I can guarantee there will be unpleasant murmuring amongst the fan base about him being done and how Lance is the answer. Guaranflurkingtee that.
All in all though... I can't find too much to be concerned about this time around... which is highly unusual for me... but being naturally inclined to be a dark sider, I felt the overwhelming urge to put these negative thoughts down for all to see. Thank you for indulging me.