When I was growing up I had a friend, who while in gym class, would shoot from a long distance and yell out something about Rick Mount. Who? I finally realized he played for the Indiana Pacers and was a very good shooter. That was my first realization the Pacers existed.
While I was growing up my family didn't have a television. I personally bought our first one in 1968. It was then I could watch games and see what was going on in the world around me. Bonanza, Hee Haw, Batman, Have Gun Will Travel, etc.
I was a diehard IU fan for years. They were on television all the time and available to view. IU-Purdue was the biggest thing in our area. Lots of Purdue Grads in the farming community and I like watching Bobby Knight coach, until he went off his rocker. It was a good time.
My first experience with the Pacers (who used to play free on channel 4) was seeing Vern Fleming play guard. I saw him when he got his front teeth knocked out. I thought he was fun to watch and since I always feel for the underdog, I became a Pacers fan. I was always for them. Then Larry Bird became a college star at Indiana State. I was a fan of ISU, was devastated when they lost to MSU and Ervin Johnson. (before the Magic) I still believe ISU would have won if LB hadn't had his hand bandaged up. I think it was broken.
Then I became a Boston fan. Rarely missed a game. It was a good time to be a professional basketball fan. What a great time.
When Boston played the Pacers I would always root for the Pacers against them. It was the only time I wanted to see Boston lose. Then the Steve Alford (who?) and Reggie draft happened, the Damon Bailey stuff, both IU players, my interest in the Pacers increased, LB retired from Boston, (sorry Celts), I was a full fledged Pacer fan. Now I really don't want to miss a game at all. I can't afford to go to the games but its fun to watch them.
Ron Artest, JO, Steve Jackson, Jamal Tinsley, Isaiah Thomas were, to me, a tremendous disappointment. They let my team, my state, the fans down in a way I could hardly fathom. I became more a fan watching the overmatched guys who took over for them try to compete against superior competition. The underdog fan that I am.
Then out of the ashes rose my hero LB. lol. He unfortunately chose OB as coach, but otherwise made good choices for the team. So here we are today even more a fan of the Pacers.
Its a GREAT time to be a Pacer fan.