Found March 16, 2013 on
George Hill was not happy about the lack of Pacers fans last night during their home game against the Lakers The small market Indiana Pacers currently hold the number two seed in the Eastern Conference. By the way the arena was packed with Los Angeles Lakers fans last night, it surely wouldn’t look like it. The Pacers lost an embarrassing “home” game to the Lakers last night and that was with Kobe Bryant playing only 12 minutes and failing to score a single point. In George Hill’s mind, the lack of fans supporting the hometown Pacers was egregious. Via Mike Wells of the Indy Star: Just like any other time when a marquee team comes to Indianapolis, the fieldhouse was full of fans wearing purple-and-gold shirts. That didn’t sit well with Hill inside the locker room after the game. The Pacers starting point guard sat at Paul George’s locker putting on lotion and talking to center Roy Hibbert loud enough so that the media could hear what he was saying. “Somebody has to say something,” Hill said as Hibbert tried to get him to calm down. Hill was determined to get his message across to the media and continued to voice his frustration toward the lack of Pacers fans. “It sucks,” the Indianapolis native said. “It was 70-30 out there (in favor of Lakers fans). These are the same people that want autographs. … We’re out there in the community doing what we’re supposed to do on and off the court. Something has to change. … It shouldn’t feel like an away game, especially with an important game like this. That’s what it felt like.”
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George Hill was irate following the Pacers 99-93 home loss to the Lakers on Friday night, and it wasn’t simply because they lost. Hill went on a rant ripping Pacers fans for not supporting the team enough at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse where the crowd was predominantly Lakers fans Friday evening. After losing an “important” game to LA, Hill, who said the Pacers have done...
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