Theories abound regarding lack of Fie...

Theories abound regarding lack of Fieldhouse sellouts

There are 192 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 12, 2007, titled Theories abound regarding lack of Fieldhouse sellouts. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

This Indiana Pacers' homestand has almost nothing to do with making the playoffs.

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Newark, OH

#185 Feb 13, 2007
To 'Thirty something', first your saying NBA is full of thugs, then your saying its not a race thing. I don't understand where your coming from bro. You can relate to the NFL players, although players over there too are guilty similar antics. You can relate to NHL players who are probably the worst of the whole lot. Face it, NBA is only popular in bigger and more racially diverse cities. New York, LA, Chicago, Detroit even Minneapolis never have problems with attendance. Also your saying most of the guys who make it to the NBA are 'thugs and eastern Europeans'. You obviously get your news about the NBA from people like Rush Limbaugh. NBA players do just as much, if not more charity work than any other sports league in the country. You obviously don't know that Dikembe Mutumbo opened up a hospital in Sudan and was praised by President Bush in his state of the Union address. I guess you also didn't hear about Jermaine O'Neal serving food to all the homeless people outside Conseco during thanksgiving. Also, most of the International players aren't from Eastern Europe. Dirk Nowitski is from Germany, Parker is from France, Steve Nash is from Canada, maybe that will motivate you to watch the NBA. Get your facts straight before you make such idiotic comments.

Newark, OH

#186 Feb 13, 2007
BTW, Mutumbo opened up a hospital in Congo not Sudan, my mistake (not that anybody cares)

United States

#187 Feb 13, 2007
To me, it's not about the guilt or innocence in this most recent event. We've just finished celebrating a Super Bowl with a team of relatively upstanding individuals. Then we hear the news that our other sports team is featuring several players whose idea of responsibility and community involvement is to hit the bars and clubs at 2 a.m. after losing a game. As citizens that have given plenty of money for these folks to work here, we expect, maybe even demand, that they be professionals. Even if they weren't in any fight, hitting the bars at 2 a.m. is not the action of a PROFESSIONAL athlete. At least not the kind of professional we want in our city, representing our community.

Louisville, KY

#188 Feb 14, 2007
Since Reggie retired, the Pacers have become an embarrassment to Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. Especially when you compare them to the classy guys in the Colts organization, Jim Irsay, Bill Polian, Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning, Harrison, Wayne, Pretty much the entire roster. They do their jobs and don't get in trouble. They're humble and likable and truly nice guys. I can't say I get that feeling from pacers players. Especially when they are getting arrested left and right. They're the bengals of the nba. They're an embarrassment. period. I'll stick with my Colts. I don't care about the pacers.

Louisville, KY

#189 Feb 14, 2007
Wow. When you post, it puts your city automatically. I don't like that. But since I have no choice, I thought I'd add that I grew up in Indiana and JUST moved to tulsa. I still consider Indiana home.

Carmel, IN

#190 Feb 14, 2007
I have always supported the Pacers organization except now! The strip club incident really turned me off. Pacer management waited too long to apologize to the fans after this incident. We forgave the Pacers after the Detroit incident!!! As this article says, if they win games and stay away from the jails, the fans will come back. Unfortuanately, with the present players and management I do not see it happening anytime soon!

United States

#191 Feb 14, 2007
Louisville Pacer wrote:
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I agree totally. Does anyone think Michael Jordan would have put up with this in Chicago?
Does the name Dennis Rodman ring any bells. Jordan was from a different time and place, like Reggie Miller. Guys actually stayed with teams and didn't just chase the dollar.

I love Jermain, but I'll agree that Jermaine isn't the goto guy. I never bought into his "leader" label. Reggie earned the leader label, he didn't inherit it.

I just wonder what happened to Bird's ability to spot talent? Were his coaching days it?

I throw most of the current problems at the feet of Carlisle. Has anyone figured out his thought process yet? It seems that whoever is productive is going to get benched to make way for the "marquee" players.

Since: Dec 06


#192 Feb 14, 2007
Thirty something wrote:
This isn't a Pacer problem. It's an NBA problem. Among my crowd, we just can't connect with today's NBA. In the 80s and 90s, we knew the future NBA players because we followed them up from the college ranks. Wake up Commissioner Stern!
I don't agree with all your comments, but you are correct about this one. In the past, NBA fans salivated over the college stars that would get drafted and change the balance of power in the NBA. But Stern can't stop the high schoolers from coming into the league. Even this new rule of one year of college is on shaky legal ground. Hopefully the agents and players and everyone with their eyes on a piece of the money pie will see that it's good to let the fans get to know players in college before they get to the NBA.

Having exposure in the college game and NCAA tournament helps make some of these kids stars.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis, IN

#193 Feb 15, 2007
Freddy wrote:
NFL players and MLB players have been breaking the law just as frequently as NBA players.
Not quite. I don't deny that they get into trouble and break the law, but it is a matter of proportion. If a team has 4 players get involved with the police during a season, that would be just under 10% of a MLB roster, under 8% of an NFL team but over 25% of an NBA team. The focus, fair or not, is much more acute.


#194 Feb 15, 2007
The Pacers are worried about a sellout??? Com'on guys... Yeah I mean you, the whole Pacer outfit, if you'd show some class instead of playing grab a_s maybe people would WANT to see you play again. The team looks like a bunch of kids playing street ball, no where near professional. Sorry, but I'm tired of hearing "Give us another chance". If the players really meant that THEY would have banned Artest and Jackson from playing. Now that those two are gone it just seems like the most intense competition is for which Pacer is the next to follow them. No Pride.

Tyrone, PA

#195 Feb 19, 2007
It is none of this....It is the product called the NBA...It stinks!

Utica, KY

#196 Feb 19, 2007
Hop wrote:
It is none of this....It is the product called the NBA...It stinks!
Yeah there all a bounch of big dumb idiots.

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