Climbing back into contention

Four years ago, they were the elite team in the Eastern Conference and the trendy pick to win it all. Full Story
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Wayne from Plainfield

Pleasant Prairie, WI

#1 Oct 31, 2007
Call me crazy, I see hope for this year. They should make the playoffs, barring injury, and a lot better style of ball. I think they held on to Carlise one year too long.
bing55

Jacksonville, IL

#2 Oct 31, 2007
OK Crazy it is!!! All this talk and pre-season stuff never changes. The current Pacers are really no differant than last year. When your hope is on one or two people staying healthy???
Read what Reggie said again. He is probably the only one telling the truth.
Toxicprof

Briarcliff Manor, NY

#3 Oct 31, 2007
This team's heart will make it a champion ...
uh ... Eye of the tiger ...
uh ... bad news bears ...

I got nothin'!
Semi fan now

United States

#4 Oct 31, 2007
If we can just keep all these guys out of jail were going to be a winner.

“Prepare for glory! ”

Since: Sep 07

Columbus, IN

#5 Oct 31, 2007
I give them some credit.
They put up some pretty impressive scores in the pre-season. They had little to no Defense, but they were able to score.
If they can build on that, and generate some Defense, they might make some noise.
The Eastern conference is going to be a tough one, and without some major talent, I don't think they can make any kind of run into the play-offs, but they have the ability to play "spoiler".
Excuse Me

Bowling Green, KY

#6 Oct 31, 2007
But if winning depends upon O'Neal and Tinsley staying healthy and buying into the system, the Pacers will finish dead last. O'Neal wants to be elsewhere and Tinsley is way too injury prone.
Pacer Pontiff

Rockford, IL

#7 Oct 31, 2007
It is pretty amazing to just stop and thing about it, that we now have Dunleavy and Murphy in our starting lineup. Who would have predicted that 2 years ago? Geez.

We'll see what happens, maybe O'Brien can get the most out of this team.

I try to be optimistic, but it's depressing in some ways considering the players we've ended up with ... seems like there are many other players in the league we could have went after recently...

I'm still hoping for the best.
Jeff from Delphi

United States

#8 Oct 31, 2007
If the pre-season is an indicator, this team should be more fun to watch than the last 2 years. I agree with another poster, Car-lilly stayed 1 year too long. I like the up-tempo game and I even saw flashes of agreesive defense this pre-season. 50/32, eliminated in the 2nd play-off round....... if Flimsly & O'Squeal can stay healthy.
supercolts

Danville, IN

#9 Oct 31, 2007
I feel very optimistic this season...last season I didnt htink we would do very good considering the pieces we had, we had alot of talent just no chemistry..this year we have very good pieces in places and it seems we have very good chemestry. I already see a huge difference in the way they play hustle and effort on the court. I am very dissapponted to see that JO and murphy might be out for the opener and I hope this isnt a sign of things to come becasue I really see the Pacers be a huge surprise and makin the playoffs and getting some respect
MonsterMash

Cedar Rapids, IA

#10 Oct 31, 2007
Talk is cheap
Realist

Carmel, IN

#12 Oct 31, 2007
With the new offense this team will make a huge turnaround from last year...granted last year was horrible. Our stagnant offense last year kept the point total low, allowing teams we should have beaten a chance to get back into it. They would get hyped up to play the Spurs, then let down against the Sonics. This year's offense will buck that trend; we will beat the teams we're supposed to beat, because we'll have huge leads. 45-37, 5th or 6th seed, first round exit in 7 games.
william billingham III

Dublin, CA

#13 Oct 31, 2007
Who is responsible for all the bad trades? Why would Indiana trade its #1 draft pick to Atlanta for Al Harrington, who is then traded (with Stephen Jackson) for a couple lead-footed Golden State benchwarmers and their $100 million contracts? How can management make so many idiotic decisions? Larry Bird is too stupid for words. He has pea mush and oatmeal for a brain. Someone needs to get the word to Mr. Bird. RESIGN OR BE FIRED! It is beyond comprehension that nothing has been done to get rid of him.
whats the point

AOL

#14 Oct 31, 2007
Toxicprof wrote:
This team's heart will make it a champion ...
uh ... Eye of the tiger ...
uh ... bad news bears ...
I got nothin'!
Me either!
CommonSense

Tallahassee, FL

#15 Oct 31, 2007
bing55 wrote:
OK Crazy it is!!! All this talk and pre-season stuff never changes. The current Pacers are really no differant than last year. When your hope is on one or two people staying healthy???
Read what Reggie said again. He is probably the only one telling the truth.
With all due respect REGGIE IS WRONG!!! This team IS DIFFERENT and the Pacers have actually looked better when O'neil hasn't played because of the flow of the new offense. This year THEY WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS and O'Brien should be coach of the year.
reds1721

Mattoon, IL

#16 Oct 31, 2007
Semi fan now wrote:
If we can just keep all these guys out of jail were going to be a winner.
You Piston fans are good ones to be pointing fingers. There is no worst thug in the game than Wallace.
James 4 8

Mattoon, IL

#17 Oct 31, 2007
william billingham III wrote:
Who is responsible for all the bad trades? Why would Indiana trade its #1 draft pick to Atlanta for Al Harrington, who is then traded (with Stephen Jackson) for a couple lead-footed Golden State benchwarmers and their $100 million contracts? How can management make so many idiotic decisions? Larry Bird is too stupid for words. He has pea mush and oatmeal for a brain. Someone needs to get the word to Mr. Bird. RESIGN OR BE FIRED! It is beyond comprehension that nothing has been done to get rid of him.
You know Mr. Billingham, whatever anyone says or thinks about Larry Bird one thing is for sure. There is absolutely no doubting what kind of person you are. Your comments say it all. Of course no one pays any attention to your diatribe anyway, which is a good thing. Have a good day.
Pacers are Thugs

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Oct 31, 2007
reds1721 wrote:
<quoted text>
You Piston fans are good ones to be pointing fingers. There is no worst thug in the game than Wallace.
There's a difference between an "on-the-court" thug (Wallace) and "in-court" thug (several Pacers)
The Pacers seem to be more prone to facing jail time with several stupid acts that keep coming (The brawl; Guns & drugs at the strip club parking lot;
The bar fight where the dude lost a tooth; Driving without a license and with drugs in the car)
The players off the court behavior doesn't make me want to watch the games. What kind of role models are they?? It doesn't help that the product on the court hasn't been good for a while.
I'm a Pacer fan. I used to go to MSA back when they had to bribe you to go by throwing in bands and comedians after the games. Cheered on the team for years even when they didn't win because they played hard. They showed heart and character. Lots of "Charlie Hustle" on the court. That left over the last few years, particularly last year.
I'm hoping the new coach can shape them up and the chemistry the team keeps talking about really exists.(Unfortunately, they said the same thing last year.) I'm starting to feellike a Cubs fan...

Since: Apr 07

Englewood, CO

#19 Oct 31, 2007
I'm ready for some basketball!!
teachers

Greenwood, IN

#20 Oct 31, 2007
Is andre owens on the team?? I went to school with him... he's cool
stlouis pacer

Saint Louis, MO

#21 Oct 31, 2007
ok durango! lets watch how this pacer team acts(on and off court) for a season.I think the most disappointed Pacer has been L. Bird. He trusted some of those now departed players to do the right thing and they didnt. I think he values trust and some of those guys betrayed that trust. You don't think he was furious? Did some of you critics really watch his face when he played? No one I've seen play committed more to winning than Bird and I think this will be his last year unless these guys deliver- his decision. Granger and others can make this team step up. I am stuck out here in Missouri and won't make many games but I will tv them. If this transplanted Hoosier can support the Pacers I would sure hope those of you back home can give them another chance since many of these guys are worth our support.

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