Pacers Links: Pacers team up for SportsCenter interview, but David West closes strong

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The Pacers play the Knicks on ESPN tonight which means some added attention and an interview segment on SportsCenter with the starting five and coach Frank Vogel.

ESPN can hype their programming like a motha so when the Pacers get a rare opportunity to play in one of their nationally televised games, as they do on Wednesday against the Knicks, it comes with added attention.

The network wanted to interview Paul George in advance of the game but the Pacers budding star would only do so with the rest of his starting lineup, as Candace Buckner reports.

That's not really a surprise, nor is the fact that in the end David West revealed how much he means to this group in setting a leadership tone and edge to compete every night. Just when you thought you couldn't love DWest any more, he quickly jumped in to answer Stephen A. Smith's final question to the group.

Here is West's answer, but believe me, it is even more impressive in the video.

Stephen A: Championship or bust this season?

DWest: Yep, I think so. For us, you know, the one thing I don't think anybody recognizes about us is all of us (pointing to the rest of the five starters) have a chip on our shoulder. We talk about, every game we talk about almost, where we were drafted and how we felt like at some point somebody in this league said BLANK you to one of us and that drives us. And that's the one thing that connects all of us, connects our locker room is the fact that we have guys that are driven to prove our worth. In terms of where we feel that we can go with this group, we're fighting to be the top dog, the last man standing.

Honestly love how this group continues to express no fear of failure in their unabashed effort to win a championship this year. No one is hedging or covering their bets with any qualifiers. They are all in. Here's the whole SportsCenter segment followed by some links in advance of the game at Madison Square Garden tonight.

Check out the links:

Game Preview: Pacers at Knicks | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers Hoping to Maintain Historic Defense (Part 1) | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers Starting Five SC Convo - ESPN Video - ESPN

ESPN’s Avery Johnson: "Pacers playing with swagger" but Heat still team to beat | Pacers Insider

Pacers-Knicks Preview - AP

Pacers should find more time for Scola, Copeland - 1070 The Fan

Pacers have bigger hopes (and bags) on road | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Indiana Pacers Game Tonight Vs. Knicks – the Reason the Knicks are 3-7 While Pacers Are 9-1 Is Leadership and Attitude | KentSterling.com

Carmelo Anthony rips into referees as clueless Knicks lose to Pistons - NY Daily News

Donnie Walsh honored with court dedication - Knicks Blog - ESPN New York

Walsh not surprised Knicks struggling without Chandler | New York Post

Opening Tip: Fire Woodson? - Knicks Blog - ESPN New York

Final Score: Pistons 92, Knicks 86 - Posting and Toasting

Frazier: Shumpert has lost his swagger | New York Post

NBA preview: NY Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers | the movoli blog

Raymond Felton of New York Knicks sits out Tuesday against Detroit Pistons - ESPN New York

Jameer Nelson benched in crunch time in favor of Victor Oladipo, despite the rookie’s playmaking woes | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

NBA Daily Picks: Fade the Knicks forever - CBSSports.com

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