The SB Nation NBA bloggers played word association with all of the NBA teams for this week's offseason theme. I must admit, I was travelling and spaced the exercise myself, failing to pull my weight and fill out the word association form for each team other than the Indiana Pacers. Every time I thought about it I was nowhere near my computer or a wireless connection.
Fortunately, most of the other bloggers complied so we have a nice sampling of one word thoughts about the Pacers. They fared quite well all things considered with only five of the 28 comments considered negative. Of course, it helps when you burst on the scene with some promising young talent AND your 7'2" center is loads of fun and makes people smile while thinking about Parks and Recreation.
Here's the list of words chosen to describe the Pacers:
- Parks and Recreation
- Big 10 Favorite
As you can see, there aren't many negative words but there also aren't a lot of overwhelmingly positive words regarding the actual team. Gives me the feeling there is a "whatever" feeling about the Pacers without expectations for much improvement this year. That's a fair assessment since they aren't a drastically different team and surpassing last year's success will require some key part to improve. Until they show that improvement, the Pacers will remain a mild-mannered, if not somewhat lovable foe in the eyes of opposing fans.