“It sucks. It was 70 (Lakers fans) – 30 (Pacers fans) out there. These are the same people that wants autographs after the game. We’re out there in the community. We’re doing our job, doing what we’re supposed to do on and off the court. Something has to change. I tip my hat to this team. We’ve been trouble free. Been out in the community shaking hands, we’re winning. It shouldn’t feel like an away game, especially with an important like this. Tonight, that’s what it felt like.”
“They always say your fans are your sixth man and you feed off that energy. Energy is down and we turn the ball over and we’re hearing cheers. We’re missing shots and we’re hearing cheers. That kind of brings your head down cause you know you’re at home. It shouldn’t be like that. Now we see how it is. We have to move forward, don’t worry about. Stay focus on what’s in this locker room and don’t worry about the rest.”
“(We’re) not a team that’s in the bottom in the East. We’re one of the top three teams in the East. We’re winning the Central Division and it should show. Right now it’s not and it’s been all season long where it’s not showing and I don’t think there’s nothing else we can do as an organization and as players. Now it’s up to the community.”
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Here is my message to the Pacers' organization: You reap what you sow. In 2009, the Indiana Pacers had a chance to help out this community when we asked for a mere $5 million contribution to help avoid tax increases for the bailout of the Capital Improvement Board. The Pacers (and the Colts) refused to contribute $5 million.
A few years later, the Pacers demanded that we taxpayers pay the organization to run Conseco Fieldhouse (now Bankers Life Fieldhouse), a publicly-owned facility at which the Pacers play for free. Part of the original deal was that we would let the Pacers keep 100% of the basketball and non-basketball revenue from the facility if the organization ran the building. That wasn't good enough for the Pacers though. They wanted us to pay to run the place while the team continues to derive 100% of the revenue from the building. Of course the City's "negotiators" gave in. Thus far, we taxpayers in the last three years have paid the Pacers $43.5 million.
Now the Pacers are complaining that the Indianapolis residents who they gave the back of their hand to aren't buying their very expensive tickets as people struggle to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Too bad. The Pacers are lucky anyone goes to their games after how they've treated this community the past several years.