Found December 17, 2011 on
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Most Pacer fans have struggled beneath the shadow of that awful night in Detroit in 2004. At that moment all hopes for a title vanished and the team's image was tarnished. Since that time we've tempered our expectations. For the first time since that night fans have a little hope for a deep playoff run:
The Pacers should not only make the playoffs this season, but should grab no lower than a fifth seed and even make a run at home court in the first round. They're not going to challenge Miami, Boston and probably Chicago in the Eastern Conference, but they can duke it out with Orlando, Atlanta, the Knicks and Philly (with other teams' hopes still to be determined by whom they add or lose).
"Finish this sentence: The last time you had expectations for this team, it was what year?" I asked Jeff Foster.
He jogged his memory, using The Brawl in the 2004-05 season as the guidepost.
"Probably '05-06, when we had Ron (Artest), Jack (Stephen Jackson)...
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Indiana Pacers power forward Jeff Pendergraph spent all of last season having to watch NBA games after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Usually NBA season previews are best read in October, back when football games hardly mattered, Midnight Madness was a few weeks away, and baseball was winding down. Perhaps with the last of the offseason's iced tea in hand, as you whiled away on a too-warm-for-the-season afternoon.
Well, pour yourself a glass of bull shot and tighten those mittens, because it's mid-December...
The Warriors are in the process of trading Lou Amundson to the Pacers for Brandon Rush.
The Indiana Pacers will trade guard Brandon Rush to the Golden State Warriors for forward Louis Amundson. The Indianapolis Star first reported the deal. Mark Bartelstein, the agent for both players, confirmed the move on Sunday. Rush averaged 8.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in three seasons for the Pacers.
The Indiana Pacers have agreed to send shooting guard Brandon Rush to Golden State in exchange for forward Lou Amundson, a source confirmed to SI.com.
One moment the Indiana Pacers looked like they were ready for the long, grueling season that lies ahead of them. The next moment, they looked like a team that was at the end of a long week of training camp and still getting used to playing with one another.
Lou Amundson will go to Indiana in swap; rookie Jeremy Tyler looking good to make Warriors roster