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If you are looking at your predictions for the upcoming Basketball season, it is probably a safe bet to put your money on the Indiana Pacers. The Eastern Conference was rocked by the Miami Heat last year, but if anyone has a chance to turn down the heat it is the Indiana Pacers. The Indiana Pacers are definitely a team that is earning their keep. They have made a name for themselves with hard work and their ability to push the Miami Heat in the playoffs. It would not be a surprise if the Pacers were to come out on the top this year with the impressive break through they have made in the past two years.
This team has some impressive players, which is probably what made winning so difficult for Miami last year. Paul George is a little newer to the league, but he is showing serious promise to become one of the greats. With him on the starting roster along with Roy Hibbert and David West, it would appear that the Pacers have a real shot at going all the way this year and coming out on the top. They pushed themselves to new limits last year and have almost made it all the way.
If the Indiana Pacers really work this off season and they can get their game together, there is a strong possibility that this team can become unbeatable. I wouldn't be surprised to see them coming face to face with The Heat again this season, but I also wouldn't be surprised to see the Pacers put out the heat and come out as champions this season. We are still months away from tip off, which leaves the Pacers with plenty of time to get it together and prepare themselves to get back in there and turn up the heat.
The Indiana Pacers starting playing professional basketball as part of the upstart ABA in 1967. For the brief nine years they played in the league, before it merged with the NBA, this was a dominant franchise. The Pacers won three championships in four years and played in five finals in nine years with Jimmy Rahl, Mel Daniels, George McGinnis and Roger Brown on the court.
Yet, post-merger the team had its roster raided by the NBA teams that took players via the dispersal draft and contract entanglements. Indiana then spent the rest of the 1970s and the whole of the 1980s struggling to build a competitive roster.
Eventually things began to turn around. It began with the drafting of Reggie Miller and Rick Smits and the play of foreign-born sharp shooter Detlef Schrempf. The Pacers front office made some very solid moves, trading Schrempf for forward Derrick McKey, adding point guard Mark Jackson, and signing the Davis duo (Dale and Antonio). The final pieces to arrive were Chris Mullin and Jalen Rose. Mullin’s best days were behind him, but he could still hit both the midrange jumper and bury it from deep. Rose was a multi-faceted player in search of a team where he could play.
Alas, Coach Larry Bird was able to take the Pacers to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2000, but the Lakers handedly beat them in six. Indiana revamped its roster, hoping to keep Miller but build around Jermaine O’Neal, Brad Miller, Ron Artest, and Ron Mercer. All this came to an end with a notorious brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Indiana became the bad boys of the league and the record suffered. The Pacers have rebuilt, both in adding talent to the roster and reclaiming its squeaky clean reputation.