Slumping Pacers go from bad to worst

Slumping Pacers go from bad to worst

There are 102 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 5, 2008, titled Slumping Pacers go from bad to worst. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

You just knew what was coming. The Indiana Pacers shot a blistering 68 percent in the first half but went into the locker room tied with the San Antonio Spurs at halftime.

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Mine

Indianapolis, IN

#24 Feb 6, 2008
Who cares? As far as I'm concerned, the Pacers can leave Indianapolis. They have brought nothing but negative attention to our city in the last 2 years.
Randy

Washington, DC

#25 Feb 6, 2008
Up until this year I was an avid Pacer Fan who would watch every game. This year I find myself finding reasons not to watch the Pacer Games. Last night I watched American Idol and House instead. I would have never done that before this year. This team needs to be reshaped with winners and players who will play relentless defense. A long time fan is fading with interest. Simons please step in and fix this mess before it is to late.
Reggie

Shirley, IN

#26 Feb 6, 2008
tlkbig_fromhome wrote:
This is news? They have been worthless for a long time...
define a long time?
ray

Ingalls, IN

#27 Feb 6, 2008
i gotta idea..........STOP GOING TO THE GAMES. when you do that then the pacers(thugs)will move to another city. the field house will be vacant for a short peroid. in a couple of years we will get a different team and name them the pacers. add reggie as the coach and all the problems are fixed........right?
supercolts

Chicago, IL

#28 Feb 6, 2008
heartless wrote:
I knew it was bad when I took my two sons, ages 8 and 6, to a Pacers game and their only comment was, "Why aren't they trying?" Choose the nuclear option and start over. There are a few players to start with - Dunleavy, Granger, Diener, and Owens - who seem to have stayed out of trouble. Cut everyone else, including Larry, no matter how much that pains me to say. Great player, lackluster president. To Jim O'Brien - I think you got dealt a poo-poo hand to play. To the Simon brothers - please clean house. To the NBA - get back to basketball, not fomenting the thug-life, get-paid mentality. Force accountability, bust the union, pay for performance. The league is in a downward spiral...too bad.
Throw Foster in there with Dunleavy, Granger, Owens and Diener...but I agree that should be the core..Its pretty sad when kids can see the problem, I watched the game from home but have tickets for the New jersy game coming up. The field house looked dead I wonder what that place will look like on Feb 22nd??? There has to be some tye of a trade atleast to try to keep the fans that are left a lil interested.
LOTTERY PICK

United States

#29 Feb 6, 2008
Here is the deal.
The PACERS have already tanked the season. Might as well go for the WORST record in the NBA for the season, increase our odds for the #1 overall selection. LOTTERY PICK, top 3 or the franchise will need to cut/trade Jermaine ONeal & Jamal Tinsley.

I see Shaq is available today!

Coach the team best as possible, knowing you might win, but don't expect to beat teams above .500 this year. Maybe the Pacers can trade and get 2 first round draft picks for immediate impact on the team.

Thank you Dunleavy for trying so hard.
Please stay in Indiana we need more quality character/talent like yours on this team.

- Larry Bird
Undertaker

United States

#30 Feb 6, 2008
They are who we knew they were. If anyone is shocked by their record, they simply know nothing about basketball or choose to ignore the obvious. Lack of talent + Poor coaching = 19-30

Since: Feb 08

Frankfort, IN

#31 Feb 6, 2008
This whole organiztion is heading down the wrong path. It stems from the owners, management, coaches, players, and even the waterboys(jk)and Boomer the Mascot(jk)-the Simons- need to fire everyone and start from scratch; Donnie Walsh- I don't think he cares anymore. He needs to retire for good, and so does Larry Bird from the front office. The two of them are doing just as good as a job as the Knicks. Too bad. It wasn't that long ago that the Pacers were up there with Detroit competing for a Championship. Reggie Miller left at the right time because he saw the writing on the wall.

This franchise fell apart when Ron Artest was traded; however, the Pacers had a chance to make it right, but refuse to do the obvious and trade Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley before it was too late. Look at Boston. One of the worst teams became one of the best because they wanted to make change and the Pacers don't.

Keep up the lousy job and the fans of this city will pack your bags for you.
jayt

Kaukauna, WI

#32 Feb 6, 2008
11 for 42 in the second half?

Hey, there's a team with some heart, huh?
JBT

Indianapolis, IN

#33 Feb 6, 2008
I think the N.B.A is becoming what M.L.B and NASCAR already are,over-saturated. I'm sure there are alot of varied opinions on this topic but my take is that two much of anything is counter productive especially when the product is bad.2/3s of the field in NASCAR ,3/4 of the teams in the N.B.A and about the same figures in baseball leave the average fan completely burned out by thier seasons finale.Too little quality and way too much quantity make up dismaly boring competetion that gets over promoted to the point of complete disillusion for this sports fan.The Pacers have become a prime example of this mind set. Not only are they a bad team,but their also going to be a bad team for a long time and the fans have started turning away in droves.The same goes for NASCAR and baseball, Reguardless of how these maketing pros tell us how great what we're seeing is,the fact remains that their ratings and attendance figures are falling each year.My solution? Cut their seasons in half and force team owners to field only top notch quality professionals who command the respect of the average fan again.Mickey Mouse, Bud Selig and David Stern don't need to tell me what I'm wathing.Bad, boring and too much of nothing!
SuperMario21

Urbana, IL

#34 Feb 6, 2008
Well, at least they started out decent. I was worried that the Pacers might not be able to grab Eric Gordan from the draft. Looks like we will be in the running for a lottery pick. 2009 Eric Gordan on the Indiana Pacers. I might actually start watchin the Pacers again.
Jim

Los Altos, CA

#35 Feb 6, 2008
I know you're not serious about bringing in Shaq. He's the NBA cultural equivalent of an old man. He had is day, and he was wonderful, but to bring him into this mess with any hope of improving anything would be humiliating for him and agonizing for Pacer fans. Losing to Miami put the "freefall" stamp on this organization. O'Neal is an anchor, and I don't mean in the stabilizing sense. Tinsley seems to have given up. Apparently, someone still thinks Harrison has value, because he keeps showing up in the box score. This is going to take years of astute rebuilding. I'm still looking for a Pacer team I can get excited about.
Jim

Los Altos, CA

#36 Feb 6, 2008
You got it, JBT
Schmuck Finder

Indianapolis, IN

#37 Feb 6, 2008
Thanks Dunleavy for trying hard to miss shots? He sucks, just like the Sacramento described the trade when it happened. Head Lines, Good Bye to the YMCA boys. Another screwed up trade. Dunleavy shooting 40% from the field, my Grandma can shoot better than that???
LOTTERY PICK wrote:
Here is the deal.
The PACERS have already tanked the season. Might as well go for the WORST record in the NBA for the season, increase our odds for the #1 overall selection. LOTTERY PICK, top 3 or the franchise will need to cut/trade Jermaine ONeal & Jamal Tinsley.
I see Shaq is available today!
Coach the team best as possible, knowing you might win, but don't expect to beat teams above .500 this year. Maybe the Pacers can trade and get 2 first round draft picks for immediate impact on the team.
Thank you Dunleavy for trying so hard.
Please stay in Indiana we need more quality character/talent like yours on this team.
- Larry Bird
Crunch

United States

#38 Feb 6, 2008
ray wrote:
i gotta idea..........STOP GOING TO THE GAMES. when you do that then the pacers(thugs)will move to another city. the field house will be vacant for a short peroid. in a couple of years we will get a different team and name them the pacers. add reggie as the coach and all the problems are fixed........right?
Your idea is already starting - nobody is going to the games. It will take 3 years to fix this, unless something fun happens. In the mean time, desperate players trying to make it in the NBA will gamble on us as a proving ground. The best we can hope for is a diamond in the rough - and hopefully not the moral rough, because the market won't bear it.

“I love me some stupid people!”

Since: Dec 07

Lil' Bus, IN

#39 Feb 6, 2008
Reggie wrote:
<quoted text>
define a long time?
Since you left the team there Reggie!!!
Crunch

United States

#40 Feb 6, 2008
Undertaker wrote:
They are who we knew they were. If anyone is shocked by their record, they simply know nothing about basketball or choose to ignore the obvious. Lack of talent + Poor coaching = 19-30
I don't agree with the poor coaching half. O'B is trying, but he just doesn't have the players to do more than half the job (defense vs. offense). This isn't difficult to coach, but it's difficult to get these guys to defend, because they lack the skill.
Dave 2

Carmel, IN

#41 Feb 6, 2008
LOTTERY PICK wrote:
Here is the deal.
The PACERS have already tanked the season. Might as well go for the WORST record in the NBA for the season, increase our odds for the #1 overall selection. LOTTERY PICK, top 3 or the franchise will need to cut/trade Jermaine ONeal & Jamal Tinsley.
I see Shaq is available today!
Coach the team best as possible, knowing you might win, but don't expect to beat teams above .500 this year. Maybe the Pacers can trade and get 2 first round draft picks for immediate impact on the team.
Thank you Dunleavy for trying so hard.
Please stay in Indiana we need more quality character/talent like yours on this team.
- Larry Bird
I just hope they dont screw up a lottery pick, by going on a winning streak late in the season. I can easily see them doing this like they did last year.
henry

Carmel, IN

#42 Feb 6, 2008
Thank goodness they got rid of Carlisle. He was a HUGE problem for the Pacers. Now they are finally breaking out from his death grip and playing some real fine basketball. </sarcasm>
Chuckster

Indianapolis, IN

#43 Feb 6, 2008
Bill wrote:
I,Like Many other people in this state and city,am a FORMER Pacer Fan. I Have Become DISGUSTED with the Lack of Moral Quality on this team
Don't be mistaken, you are a FORMER fan because you are a FAIRWEATHER fan.

GO COLTS (until they lose, of course)!!!!!!!

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