A nice aspect of the NBA season is that you begin the year fresh with optimism and if that doesn't go so well, you can always take advantage of the calendar new year to refresh your outlook and hope for good things in the coming year.
Obviously, as we peel off the wrapper for 2010, Pacers fans are taking advantage of the second option. With the Minnesota Timberwolves in town tomorrow, there still hope for the injury-ravaged Pacers to put an end to the eight-game losing streak that closed 2009 and begin 2010 with a W.
You know, the Pacers are only 3.5 games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Sorry, had to mention it while mustering up a positive vibe for January.
After the jump, a few New Year's Day links of interest.
Pacers enter new decade as team trying to recover
Mighty Mike Wells puts the oughts to rest looking back at the decilne of the Pacers while looking ahead to their recovery. Happy New Year, Mike!
Two NBA players, teammates on the Washington Wizards, draw guns on each other in their own locker room
At least Stephen Jacksonwas using his gun to protect his teammates. This story about Arenas and Crittenton is insane!
Top Ten Sports Stories of the Decade in Indiana
Kent Sterling includes the Pacers in a couple of his top ten Indiana sports stories.
PACERS: Ask the Pacers
You can send in a question to your favorite player via text or video. If selected, your answer will be posted on Pacers.com.
Fox, Time Warner Extend Talks
Time Warner and Fox extended their negotiations for eight days keeping Fox Sports Indiana alive for Brighthouse Cable customers in Indy. If they can't resolve the differences, FSI will go black for Brighthouse customers meaning no Pacers games.
Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton pulled guns on each other? Allow me to figuratively hang myself - Bullets Forever
Condolences to Mike and the boys at Bullets Forever. This will likely be a topic they write about way more than they'd prefer.
Don't Expect the Wizards to Shed Gilbert Arenas's Contract
Tom Ziller has a nice look at how the Wizards will likely deal with Arenas after the latest incident.