Indiana Pacers’ X-Ray

August 2nd, 2010 by Hardcourt Mayhem Leave a reply »
Basketball matters in Indiana but the local team, the Pacers, haven’t mattered in the landscape of the NBA for a while.

With Larry Bird as the franchise’s main decision maker, since 2003, the organization is yet to put their shit together since the retirement of Reggie Miller.

We also can’t forget the hit they took with the “civil war on the Palace of Auburn Hills”. Many forget that team, led by Ron Artest & Stephen Jackson with Jermaine O’Neal on his prime, were one of the bests in the league and because of that brawl, they were forced to blow up that team.

Bird was also forced to change the culture of the team, building around character in order to repair the image of the organization.

But truth is that it just hasn’t worked out. Ever since the 2005-2006 season, the Pacers are yet to win 40 games (2005-2006: 41-41, 2006-2007: 35-47, 2007-2008: 36-46, 2008-2009: 36-46, 2009-2010: 32-50).

Last season was no different with very few people realizing Indiana was in the National Basketball Association. The 32-50 record was the result of ...

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