Over on The Classical, the latest NBA Nonsense Notebook by Michael Katz has a couple of items that will put a smile on the face of Pacers fans. I always find it funny when national hoops writers and analysts proclaim the Pacers boring or lacking any buzz because they don't have a big star on the right side of the media.
Fact is, they are a dynamic team that is fun to watch and full of personality. Just hard to tell when no one sees them play, so fortunately Katz took time to check in on this team when he had a chance. But winning draws attention so we will begin seeing more items like this which includes a little story about Kyrylo Fesenko and another item on a typical locker room conversation for the Pacers.
First, Fesenko breaks down the first time he found himself matched up with his idol Shaquille O'Neal.
"I played against him first time for, I spent 50 seconds on the court, actually 50 seconds against Shaq," he said. "So, at one point he was posting me up and I was thinking ‘Oh, I got him. I got him.' And I pictured myself, you know, blocking him. You know, I pictured myself being on the front page of all newspapers and everything. I was already so hyped, like I was thinking how I'm going to tell it to my friends. And then he dunked on me."
Even more humorous is the locker room conversation Katz transcribed when the Pacers were in Washington and A.J. Price declared himself the push ups champion of the team. Read the whole thing because you will laugh and let me tell you, this type of banter with this team is constant.