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Why I'm Still A Pacers Fan




Sorry for the length but I was kind of worked up when I started writing this.

Yesterday I was involved in very spirited “conversation” with my brother and several other Lakers fans.  The conversation started with a simple question from my brother.  The question in is simplest form was “why?”  He asked why I continue to be a Pacers fan.  He asked how I could live in L.A. amongst countless championship teams and root for a team many states over that has yet to provide me with a championship to celebrate.  He asked how I could sit in the beautiful Staples Center twice a year and root against two L.A. teams when I have never been within a hundred miles of Conseco.  He asked how I could live through Kobe Bryant’s career and not be moved to cheer him.  For several moments I was stumped.  For the first time I couldn’t think of a legitimate reason why I cheered my team.  I wanted to point to our very own All Star Danny Granger, but I knew that would only be met with questions of rather is he good enough to win a championship.  I wanted to rave about the development of Roy Hibbert.  I knew my brother would counter with how it doesn’t matter how much my favorite current Pacer grows if our coach continues to ignore and mismanage him.  I wanted to tell them about the cap space that we would have at the end of the season, but I reminded myself of the fact that the best we could probably do next summer is over pay Ne Ne if he opts out.  So I sat there with a dumb look on my face trying to think of a legitimate reason.  As corny as it sounds I could only think of one reason.  That reason was loyalty.  I told him about falling in love with the Pacers on NBA Jam shooting countless threes with Reggie Miller.  I reminded him of my first true sports joy being Reggie pushing Jordan and draining a three with .4 left on the clock and jumping around on a bad wheel.  I reminded him that I cried when the Bulls won game 7 that year.  I reminded him that if I see Tayshaun Prince tomorrow I will be attacked by his handlers for spitting in his face.  He followed that with a sarcastic sigh and by saying he always wondered how having Reggie for a hero would affect me and now he knew.  He said I would stay true to a team that will never provide me with a NBA championship.  He may be right.  I may live the next fifty years of my life how I lived the last twenty two years of my life, without championship.  I told him that true loyalty isn’t tested until the glory days are far gone.  I asked told him I’d pass judgment on his fan hood when he can think of no other reason than loyalty to stay.

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