I STILL BELIEVE!!!!!!!
I have been a fan since the mid 80’s, my dad would not have had it any other way. I remember the good, the bad, the ugly. I think we are all a little frustrated and upset. I mean we all want the Pacers to win. All of us would rather cheer for a winning team over a lottery pick. Right? I can’t blame Bird though, I refuse to put this all on him, I refuse to blame Bird for our current situation. What could he really do with the players and contracts that we have had over the last four seasons. I don’t think any GM would have been able to do very much.
Aaronb asked a question in one of his comments earlier, his question was how many people who post or comment on this website were around during the 1991 to 2004 run of competence? I think your real question should be how many posters were around BEFORE the 1993-1994 season? To me that 1993 team is the team that put us on the map. The 1993 season is the season that the Pacers finally made a real run. Its the season we started to believe.
Donnie Walsh did great things for the Pacers and I respect him for what he built here in Indiana. Now with that being said lets go back in time. Do you remember how great the Pacers were in the early 70’s? I know it was the ABA but those guys were winners they were champions. The late 70's most of the 80's were were terrible. Along came Walsh In 1986 we hired Donnie Walsh to lead the Pacers. He did a good job, however he did not magically rebuild the Pacers and make them winners over night. It took five seasons for Walsh to build a team that fit together a team that could really compete. In Walsh’s first two seasons we had losing records and we were out of the playoffs. His third season we went 42-40 swept in the first round. His fourth season 41-41 lost in the first round. His fifth season Pacers went 40-42 swept in the first round. Most fans booed Walsh for drafting Reggie Miller. Just like today most fans wanted a new coach, better players. The Simon family stuck with Walsh and he stuck to his game plan. He waited for the right coach, he waited for the right free agent, and the right trade to come.
We were patient with Walsh and it paid off big time It in 1993. Here is what took place in 1993 we got the right coach Larry Brown we signed a young scrappy PG Workman we made the right trade that worked for both teams trading Detlef and his offense for Mckey and his defense. Drafted a young stud A. Davis to play with our other young stud D. Davis. Picked up a veteran free agent Byron Scott who turned out to be huge for us in the playoffs. Really none of these deals were blockbuster deals or signings. These were just the right deals for the Pacers these deals made since for our team at the time. It did not happen over night it took five seasons for Walsh put a good core of players together.
We had a fun run from 1993 to 2005. Those years are gone and in the past. It time to make another run we are due we have some similar pieces to those early 90's team. It has been a tough four years for all Pacer fans. I may be the minority but I want to give Bird a chance. I want his three year plan to pan out. This season should be better its still going to be long it is still going to be tough maybe an 8th seed maybe the lottery. I just hope next off-season 2011 we are able to relive some of that magic from 1993 and begin the start of a new run.