The Indiana Pacers have been home all week with only two games in six days, so they've had plenty of off time to accommodate various media request, or in the case of Lance Stephenson, put together a fun All-Star campaign video.
- Paul George spent extended time on Jim Rome's Showtime show.
- Roy Hibbert had a fun interview with Keith Olberman.
- The George Hill show tipped off on WNDE.
- Pacers play the Knicks tonight on TNT.
- NBA TV is broadcasting a behind-the-scenes look at the Pacers called "On A Mission."
Repeatedly, their goals of beating the Heat and winning a championship are expressed. So are the Pacers talking too much?
The Heat don't need chatter from opponents to fuel their game. They need a healthy Dwyane Wade and a big man.
Besides, the Pacers have been talking like this -- and if you actually listen in context, rarely is the talk boastful, but instead just part of their expectations -- all year and have shown each of the past three years that they can handle the outside spotlight and higher expectations.
They feel their time is now so you might as well attack "now" with everything you have which includes hopping in the spotlight and enjoying the moment.
Plus, the Pacers have a strong media relations group (voted the best by the NBA) behind them advising and parsing out appearances while also keeping the young stars grounded, as best they can. Although, I have a feeling the off-day Stephenson video was a little free "Lancing" from the normal script. But it was certainly fun.
Of course, as we see in the links today, Larry Bird is more worried about turnovers than he is talking.
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