Seven games into the Pacers season and it seems like Nate McMillan already has to be the bad guy. Or at least he should.
To a man, heading into the season, the Pacers talked about the need for more discipline and accountability which McMillan said was his intent to deliver. After a 122-100 loss in Charlotte, which was not well played after the first minute of the game, there needs to be some action behind the accountability talk.
Ideally, accountability is interwoven within the culture of the team and it doesn’t fall on the head coach or assistants to be demanding. Players buying in and holding each other accountable is how a good team becomes great. In this case, the Pacers are trying to turn a bad team into the good team they believe they are.
With a home-and-home against Philadelphia, the time is now to get right and if that means trying something different, even seven games in, then make it happen. Unfortunately, this team still needs a strong push to perform because the needed effort and intensity isn’t coming from within.