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.
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.”