Lottery can reverse fortunes

Lottery can reverse fortunes

There are 16 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from May 19, 2007, titled Lottery can reverse fortunes. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

When the Indiana Pacers qualified for the NBA playoffs in 1993 by the skin of a tiebreaker with Orlando, Donnie Walsh figured it was a good thing.

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Michael Cooper

United States

#1 May 20, 2007
It really doesn't matter who we draft or if we get the pick, four new rested players plus new coach equals New Team. Donnie always got the fans involved with the draft and I'm pretty sure we had something to do with Chuck and Tisdale being here. I can't remember a bad pick (I mean really bad!).

Since: Apr 07

Cincinnati, OH

#2 May 20, 2007
I can't remember a bad pick (I mean really bad!).

How soon you forget Scott Haskins.
Pat

Madrid, Spain

#3 May 20, 2007
Michael Cooper wrote:
It really doesn't matter who we draft or if we get the pick, four new rested players plus new coach equals New Team. Donnie always got the fans involved with the draft and I'm pretty sure we had something to do with Chuck and Tisdale being here. I can't remember a bad pick (I mean really bad!).
Actually if the pacers don't get one of the top 3 picks they do not even get a draft pick...so yes...it DOES matter where they draft
Seriously

Tucson, AZ

#4 May 20, 2007
How about Eric Piatkowski at #15 in the '94 Draft, which was held at the Dome. The fans were so upset, Walsh had no choice but to waste the second round pick on one Damon Bailey.
Seriously

Tucson, AZ

#5 May 20, 2007
Pat wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually if the pacers don't get one of the top 3 picks they do not even get a draft pick...so yes...it DOES matter where they draft
If you're going to quote someone's post, you should probably read it first, as many times as it takes you to read it correctly.
Pat

Madrid, Spain

#6 May 20, 2007
Seriously wrote:
<quoted text>
If you're going to quote someone's post, you should probably read it first, as many times as it takes you to read it correctly.
Perhaps I am just more curious as to who the new players are that he referred to? Hopefully not the Golden State players that came over midseason and prompted the longest losing streak in recent team history? If it was not the Golden State tradees, then I assumed he meant building through the draft. This is not a possibility if they do not receive a top 3 pick. Did that make my statement clearer for you?
FCC

Lenoir City, TN

#7 May 20, 2007
As for "getting the fans involved".. didn't the fans boo and go nuts when the Pacers took Reggie instead of Alford in 1987?
Hoosier Sammy

Hebron, KY

#8 May 20, 2007
Getting the first draft pick is not going to happen but if it does Pacers fans have to remeber the the idiots that run this show and the past record of #1 draft picks. With the one exception of Reggie Miller, name one Pacer's #1 pick that was worth a damn and then name one Pacer's #1 pick that any other team in the NBA wanted.

Lets go to fantasy land for one moment Pacer Fans and say we do get the number one pick. With the brainless leadership the Simons have forced down our throats for eighteen years you can expect Commissioner Stern to announce the #1 pick as follows:

"With the number one pick of the 2007 NBA draft the Indiana Pacers select Ukimbiah Soukomeme from Easter Island"

Face it fans the Simnons have propped up Walsh as a giant among NBA GM's for 18 years when in fact he has been an embarassment to this city, this state and its basketball tradition. Reggie Miller gave the Pacer Fans their only sense of pride and since Walsh and Bird lost Reggie 2 years ago we have learned all to well that it was Reggie that kept this franchise competitive.

Simply look at Walsh numbers.

18 seasons no rings
18 seasons 1 good 1st round draft pick
18 seasons 1 NBA Finals
18 seasons of wait till next year.

Face it Pacer Fans, Walsh is and has been an idiot and has now groomed the idiot Bird to replace him.

Bird has already proven his incompetence and inability to recognize talent.

But the Simons don't care as long as they have those Carmel Housewives lining their pockets at those over priced malls.

Pacer fans who want real change will boycott Simon retail outlets and see how fast we get change. Stop being the Simons personal cash cow Indiana.
FCC

United States

#9 May 20, 2007
"18 seasons 1 good 1st round draft pick."

I agree that Donnie's fingerprints are all over the Pacers current roster and he should be held accountable, but let's not go too far with revisionist histry.

Among the 17 1st round draft picks who obviously WEREN'T good:

Chuck Person
Rik Smits
Antonio Davis (a 2nd rounder FYI)
Dale Davis
Travis Best (a key reserve on the Finals team)
Danny Granger

I will grant you that George McCloud, Malikn (where's my playbook?) Sealy, Scott Haskin, Eric Piatkowski, Erick Dampier, Primoz Brezec and Vonteego Cummings didn't do much..but keep in mind the Pacers have not had a top 10 draft pick since 1989 and there aren't too many franchise players available at that point.(I will give you Kobe at #13..warts and all). You're not going to get too many studs when you're picking at #23 and beyond.

And while it was a mistake to shower Austin Croshere with a multi-million dollar extended deal, Croshere was a big factor in the Pacers reaching the NBA Finals.

PACERS Who cares

Peru, IN

#10 May 20, 2007
Nobody watches the NBA
yea

United States

#11 May 20, 2007
add steve nash to the guys we passed on in the draft.
Jumboleyeah

Greenwood, IN

#12 May 20, 2007
What are our current odds of top 3, this year?
When is the draft?
Michael Cooper

United States

#13 May 20, 2007
Pat wrote:
<quoted text>
Perhaps I am just more curious as to who the new players are that he referred to? Hopefully not the Golden State players that came over midseason and prompted the longest losing streak in recent team history? If it was not the Golden State tradees, then I assumed he meant building through the draft. This is not a possibility if they do not receive a top 3 pick. Did that make my statement clearer for you?
Yes Pat, I'm referring to the four players Chris Mullen ran into the ground by mid season with their RunDMC offense and the New Coach that just might like the players that he has and figure out their strengths. Now as for Donnie he can be pardoned by bringing back Baby Al!.
David

Irving, TX

#14 May 20, 2007
Why is it that when people talk about the Pacer's previous drafts that they skip over the 1984 NBA draft when the Pacers made one of the worse trades ever for the number 2 pick? It speaks for itself just looking at the top 11 picks.
JC Freygang

Indianapolis, IN

#16 May 22, 2007
I've always been suspesious of the lottery because it is not shown in front of the live ausience and in a back room, adding to notion that the NBA is manipulated or 'rigged' in someway. I believe Indianapolis is viewed as a small market by the league and thought not to create a large national audience thus deemed not 'profitable' enough to enable a high draft choice. I may be wrong but I doubt it! I predict the Pacers will end up with the 13th or 14th pick in the draft this year. However, I still will be a loyal and boistrous Indiana fan regardless of their selection.

Since: May 07

Pennsylvania

#17 May 22, 2007
I hope the Bulls win, then they can win championships again and I hope the Celtics lose, but only because I think they tanked this year. One interesting note about the lottery, if the Hawks don't get one of the top three picks, they give that pick to the Suns.

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