Why don't we get 5 Fosters and 3 Dunleaveys, then you can rid yourself of what is truly your disdain for people who are not like you.Wonder if anyone in the hiring process investigated the new guys thuggery background? The Pacers don't need any more bad actors on or off the floor. Just because they are paid high salaries, that does not make them immune to rules, laws, and the expectations of ordinary society. Character and personal decency count!
Let's face it, the NBA is a league for basketball and the league is not exempt or immune from behavioral matters. I agree with you regarding background checks. I also think you should consider that most managers spend a lot of time on human capital matters. Often times, employees improve their skills sets and appreciate; however, there are times when good skills are upstaged by bad behavior. I say, give them a "get well or get lost" plan.
Ultimately, no one can predict if an employee will turn out well or not. Do the check, set up a trusting environment, and provide good leadership and structure. If they foul out, so be it.
Lastly, I have asked it before and now ask it again - what is a "thug"?