Current Indiana Pacers president and former NBA legend, Larry Bird, believes that the time is now for the Pacers to win it all. The Pacers brought their physical defensive play as far as the eastern conference finals last season, where they came up just short of an NBA Finals appearance, losing to the Miami Heat in a tough 7-game series.
The Pacers deserve praise for their hard-fought battle against the defending champs, but at the end of the day, superstar play ruled the series and ultimately sent to Miami Heat to their second consecutive championship series.
Pacers’ president, and former Celtics legend, Larry Bird, believes that the Pacers are “all in” this season, and ready to compete for a an NBA championship, yet again.
When asked if the this Pacers’ club has championship potential, Bird responded with the following.
“Yes,” he said. “We’re all in.”
“Anything less than (a Finals appearance or a conference finals appearance) would be a disappointment,” Bird said. “I think anything over 50 wins is a good season, but I believe we’re built more for the playoffs than we are for the regular season. Because we’re deep and we’ll have time to prepare. It’s hard to beat 10 or 11 guys.”
Larry happens to know a thing or two about what it takes to be a legit championship threat. His Celtics were one of the best teams in NBA history, and the three-time NBA MVP helped Boston grab three total championships while at the helm in the early-to-mid ’80s.
The Pacers proved to have one of the league’s most intimidating defenses last season, ranking second in points allowed per game with just 90.7 given up to opposing offenses. Led by young guns Paul George and Roy Hibbert, this Pacers’ team has plenty of upside on both the defensive and offensive ends of the court, and assuming they’ll get better with additions such as Chris Copeland, Luis Scolas and a healthy Danny Granger is a no-brainer.