We’re sure it was fun for Indiana Pacer fans (We’ve never actually met one of those – odd, no?) to live the fantasy that they might beat the Nets for awhile, but the less disfunctional team won out in the end.
The Pacers got done in by the New Jersey 4-2 and the natural reaction in Indianapolis after all that’s happened is to go back to the pre-playoff assumption – blow it up, Mr. Bird. Blow it up.
“I think the culture has to change,” Anthony Johnson said plainly after the Pacers’ 96-90 loss ended their season. “Sometimes there’s a lack of professionalism and a lack of understanding. We need to give more effort to the team situation and not think about individual wants and needs.”
They didn’t like each other. And this city, which seemed to regard playoff games as an imposition, didn’t like this team. In a place that loves and reveres basketball, that’s hard to do.
The alleged Alpha Male, Jermaine O’Neal, claims he’s not worried about being moved, although it sounds more like he doesn’t care if he gets moved.
Once upon a time, we said you can’t trade Jermaine O’Neal, but right now we think he’s the first guy you shop, along with Stephen Jackson, Jamal Tinsley, Fred Jones, and everyone else. See if you can do it with Rick Carlisle, Peja, and four small, white CBA point guards. Don’t have a bench, either. If nothing else you’ll be remembered.
On a more joking note, though, are there any Pacers fans here? Come out and say something. De-lurk. How do you feel today? What do you want to see happen? Where do you work? Do you like your boss, or are you your own boss? If you work for yourself, how do you think your employees would rate your bosshood? Are you liked?
When we owned our own company, we used to clean the bathroom ourselves. We may have read it in a book somewhere or something, but we thought it was a way to say “Hey, everyone. I’m willing to do the worst job in this entire organization, so have some heart, have some love, and stop asking for raises. I’ve got a fucking drug habit and it’s expensive. Jerks. Get back to work. I hate you all.”
It’s about team.