To be truly successful this year, the Pacers need to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, and be competitive.Going further would be fantastic. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, the Knicks are not done. The 90's were how it was done, the Pistons getting past the Celtics, the Bulls getting past the Pistons, and then trading championships with the WC champs.
Time is up fans, Remember the "change the culture" days. Well, the drafting, trading, and signing of good character, hard working, community conscious players has paid off. The belief by Bird and the Simons that if that were done, the team would make Indianapolis and Indiana proud and the fans would return. A 17th pick for a center with great character and good work ethic, the signing of a blue collar free agent, the trading for a local hero of high integrity, good character drafts, and a gamble on a kid who had the common sense to accept some direction and put his talent to good use, not to mention Vogel and Shaw put in charge, all have come to Indiana to help a team we can be proud of, Remember the trades not made, the draft picks not chosen, and free agents passed on, all with criticism from all, myself included. It has all seemed to work out. The pros are making Indiana the Basketball state it should be. And don't forget our world champion Fever. The girls led the way!
Time is up fans, lets get out and support the boys and girls. No empty seats!!