The Pacers’ All-Star break started late Wednesday evening after a tough loss to the Milwuakee Bucks left them frustrated but still in third place in the Eastern Conference with nine days off before returning to action for the stretch run of the regular season.
The Pacers will be the only team in the league to have the full break off with no players involved in any activities over NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte. While that isn’t good for the PR side of the Fieldhouse, the players and coaches don’t seem to mind the extra alone time to rest and recharge for the final seven weeks of the season.
Every other team in the NBA has at least one player involved in an event over the weekend, but since no one seems to care where the Pacers sit in the standings after Victor Oladipo’s injury, it is no surprise that no one will notice the Pacers aren’t represented in Charlotte.
I know, I know, Oladipo will get some mention (I assume) as an official All-Star selection by the coaches even though he won’t be there for the adulation. Bojan Bogdanovic could’ve been a three-point shooting contestant if anyone cared to include the Pacers. A case could be made for Aaron Holiday to play in the Rising Stars game just because the game isn’t that important and it would be easy enough to create a spot for the only team not involved in the weekend.
But, again, this is me pointing out the forgotten Pacers while the players and coaches aren’t concerned with the slight. Nate McMillan is all about only concerning his staff and team with aspects of the game they can control. Nothing else matters, so having the ultimate control over the break should benefit the Pacers on the court.
Off the court in Charlotte, the Pacers will be represented by a group taking in all of the events and assessing the logistics as they prepare to host the 2021 NBA All-Star game. At least we know the Pacers will be well represented in a couple of years.
In a recent interview on the Jeff & Big Joe Show, Thad Young didn’t sound like he was going to miss the chance to go to Charlotte. His plan was to hit Cabo with the fam and take it easy. Enjoy the humorous Valentine’s Day themed interview here (Thad starts around 2 minute mark).
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