On Thursday, Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner took their turns Zooming with the media while the team’s individual workouts continued during the first week of preseason camp.
Both players touched on the lack of any buzz surrounding the Pacers as they regroup with all of the same key parts to improve on a surprisingly successful season that quickly burst in the bubble after a poor playoff showing.
Myles Turner mentioned being disrespected for his shot blocking prowess before saying the team as a whole is usually disrespected because of being a small market team.
Prior to Turner’s comments, Brogdon effused about the quality depth returning in better shape to improve on last season’s results. He feels this particular team and the organization in general is being slept on and should be ready to surprise some folks around the NBA.
Brogdon then nailed the key to dealing with others sleeping on the Pacers — the players have to WAKE THEM UP!
Some really good Pacers teams have had various regular season and playoff success but have come up short over the past ten years. Whether it is not getting over the hump against LeBron’s playoff squads or the recent first-round flameouts, the general NBA public has gotten used to the Pacers fading in the money rounds.
In defense of the COVID season Pacers, most of those slumbering observers likely dozed off without realizing the Pacers’ starting five played just 86 minutes together last season thanks to a gnarly grab bag of injuries. So, yes, this team has the depth to be a problem against any team in the league but it is up to the players to rise up when in matters most to wake up the league and those that follow it, to give them no option but to pay attention.
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