Indiana Pacers History
They have always been known as the Indiana Pacers, ever since they started as a professional basketball team in 1967 in the American Basketball Association. They lasted 9 years in the ABA until the merger between the ABA and the NBA took place. The Pacers went from the ABA to the NBA along with the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, and the New York Nets. With this, the Pacers faced financial crisis due to the hefty pay in order to join the NBA. They were struggling both economically, as well as on the court; managing to get their all-time worst record in 1982-83, 20-62. I wasn’t until Jack Ramsay took over coaching of the Pacers in 1986, that the team saw any improvements. The new coach led the Pacers to a 41-41 record in 1987, and a second playoff appearance. A very important player was drafted to the Pacer in 1987, Reggie Miller. This shooting guard from California started out his career out with some skepticism, but as time progressed, both fans and players realized that he was a man not to be trifled with, especially when he shot from the 3-point line. When he retired in 2003, along with controversy surrounding the Pacers, it seemed as the team was in a decline. As recent as 2010, the Pacers have begun to reinvent themselves and have been doing better.
Indiana Pacers Game Changers
Jack Ramsay coached the Pacers from 1986 to 1988, where he picked up a battered team and made them into a playoff worthy team. It was a sad day when he left the Pacers.
No doubt about it, the biggest name to help and mold the Pacer franchise was Reggie Miller. He became an icon for his 3-point jump shots and his last-minute winning shots. He was the face of the Pacers until he retired in 2003; the Pacers retired his number.
In 2010, it was clear that the Pacers were starting on the right foot. They acquired Roy Hibbert in 2008 after he was traded by the Toronto Raptors to the Pacers; along with their first-round pick in 2005, Danny Granger. As they were fairly young at the time of their draft, they didn’t have the expertise to go against the NBA giants. As of 2010, it seems this duo has clicked and has been winning games for the Pacers.
Indiana Pacers Arena
The Indiana Pacers started out playing at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum from 1967 to 1974, during their ABA career. They later moved to the Market Square Arena from 1974 to 1999. In 1999, the Pacers made their final move to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse; formerly known as Conseco Fieldhouse.
Indiana Pacers Owners
Herbert Simon is the owner of the Indiana Pacers. He is a well-known real estate tycoon and made his fortune through his company the Simon Property Group.
Indiana Pacers Coaching
Frank Vogel has been a part of the Indiana Pacers franchise since 2007 when he became the assistant coach. He became the head coach after Jim O’Brien, the former head coach, was relieved of his duties in 2011.
Betting on the Indiana Pacers
The Pacers have been surprising everyone by making it to the playoffs in the 2011 and 2012 season. They created much to talk about during the last season playoffs by beating the Orlando Magic; they were not able to defeat the Miami Heat in the next round. They managed to pull off a 48-29 record, while placing 5th overall. They are projected to have another winning record this upcoming season and even making it the playoffs again. Even though they have a solid team with Roy Hibbert and Danny Granger, they are left with some positions filled by playoff inexperienced players. The playoffs usually have some surprises, and the Pacers have been known to surprise; fans should keep a watch out for how well they play during the regular season.