LJL met with the media Friday and talked about much more than Shawne Williams whereabouts. With camp set to commence on Tuesday, LJL was talking up his underated squad and hopes for the season. After slogging through a few years of dysfunctional locker rooms, LJL knows the importance of chemistry to building a winning team and making a run at the playoffs.
LJL cleared up any remaining doubt that Donnie Walsh was still calling the shots in his advisory role.
So, now as the long climb back up the mountain begins, it is all on LJL and out of the gate he doesn't disappoint. I detect some of that legendary swagger in those "my team" comments. A little stay tuned while I shut up my competition and critics. It won't happen over night or over one season, but within a couple of months we'll know how things have changed and if the Pacers are indeed going in the right direction.