Before the Indiana Pacers begin to put in sweat equity as a team with the goal of reaching the NBA Finals, they will take a bunch of pictures, sign untold number of items for charity and discuss the upcoming season with the media today at the Fieldhouse.
Funny how it feels like we just left the Fieldhouse following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals and all of a sudden, the new season is ready to begin. A deep playoff run like the Pacers had last year makes for a nice, tidy offseason.
Of course, a lot has changed for the Pacers since they won Game 6 at BLF. New faces that appear to be a better fit for what this team needs to advance to the Finals are in place. Luis Scola, C.J. Watson and Chris Copeland all expect to give the Pacers the depth of ability off the bench to help better maintain leads and even pick up the offensive slack on an off night for the starting unit.
A familiar face playing an unfamiliar role may be the key to it all. Danny Granger will no longer be THE offense for the Pacers. In fact, he may very well join that crew mentioned above to bolster the O off the bench. Regardless, he will have his role like the rest of the playing rotation.
This assumes Granger is healthy enough to play. Excuse me if I wait to see him play with my own eyes. And then I want to see him come back the next night and be able to play...and then two night later.
So be wary of the pre-camp cliche comments you will hear today about all of the new guys and some of the regulars.
"Player X looks great!"
"Can't wait to see Player X, he's been really good in pick up."
"I think Player X will surprise people this year."
And so on. The best part of Media Day is the next day, when training camp begins drawing the start of the season one day closer.
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