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Team talks pressure, more at Indiana Pacers media day

Sep 27, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

via @Pacers on twitter via @Pacers on twitter

Over the next few days every team in the NBA will host Media Day — media members are invited in to ask questions, watch players get their pictures taken and generally hang around the team. Generally, these are about as interesting as a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting in front of the new Yogurtland. It’s a day of clichés and players talking up their team’s chances.

That seems pretty much what happened at the Indiana Pacers media day Friday, but few teams come into the season with the expectations they have. Indiana came within one game of the NBA Finals last season, they have young players such as Paul George (with his new max extension) and Roy Hibbert who are improving every year, they went out and got Luis Scola, C.J. Watson and Chris Copeland, plus they have Danny Granger back.

The question is this: Can the Pacers play up to the level they showed in the postseason consistently? Can they build off what they showed in the playoffs?

Via twitter, here are some notes out of the Pacers media day.

  1. moseskkim - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    man theres a lot of talent in that picture. another year of growth, maturity, and chemistry and this team might really represent the East this season in the finals.

    • antistratfordian - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Not enough talent though. Take a look at a Heat team picture.

    • pantsfreezone - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      I see a lot of poor FG% guys and Lance Stephenson. Not impressed.

  2. antistratfordian - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    David West wants the #1 seed in the East? Pipe dream. They’re going to have to win about 65 games to do that and they’ll struggle just to win 50.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      I’m not even a Pacers fan but I know they won’t struggle to win 50 games.

      Please know something about the sport if you choose to write about it.

      • antistratfordian - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Riiiight. You “know” they won’t struggle to win 50 games…

        I’m sure you knew that they would regress in the regular season last year. ESPN predicted them to win 52 games with a .634 win% (following up the .636 win% from the year before). Yahoo predicted 53 wins but suggested the possibility of 57 (!!!). But lo and behold the Pacers only won 49 games and their win% dropped to .605. You expected that though, right? You knew Roy Hibbert’s play would decline all across the board because you can see the future.

  3. kingbeason52 - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I think the Pacers are going to be great this year..but this starting to feel like a media hype machine with Paul George and the Pacers (see Robert Griffin and the Redskins)..they have a great team on paper and they are deep..but until someone beats Miami in the playoffs..lets calm down with the Pacer stuff..

  4. bux1022 - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    @sportsfan

    Because your name says fan you know Bball? They WILL struggle to win 50 games with the lack of chemistry. That was Granger’s team now it’s George’s? Whose team is it? They will make the playoffs but there are a few new faces on that team. Pacers should trade Granger now before it’s to late!!

  5. moseskkim - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Granger’s team sucked. They committed big money to hibbert and George and George is the best player so he has the keys. If granger doesn’t cooperate, he’s on an expiring deal so he’s gone by trade or walking away. There’s no question it’s George’s team.

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