Here’s some of the back story on this question of mine for the evening. Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star had put out this tweet yesterday:
Skip Bayless is right: Andrew Luck doesn’t carry himself like a star. And I think most Hoosiers appreciate him for that. #deepthoughts
— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 13, 2014
To which I promptly responded:
@bkravitz That's what I love about the current group of Indiana Pacers.
— Stephen Ajamie (@stephenA1181) January 13, 2014
As we all know twitter is that instant conversation about matters. There are those times that I want to vehemently disagree with something that doesn’t jive my way, but ultimately, I bite my tongue and move on. When I find something that I do agree with, I’ll make that point known.
This is a point that I do feel strongly enough to step up to the plate and take a swing on twitter. To me, this Pacers team is not that star seeking attention driven team. Sure, Paul George is getting that spotlight, but whenever you hear him talk, it’s all about the team. You don’t hear the comments about himself before that.
Just like that early season interview with ESPN, where all five starters were there for the interview. You think Lebron James would have invited his four other starters out there? How about Carmelo Anthony? Even Kevin Durant doesn’t seem wired that way.
This is a team first concept, especially when you look through some box scores and you can see different times when guys have stepped up to be the leading scorer. One game, it was C.J. Watson. Another time David West led the team. Another game it’s Roy Hibbert.
That type of team effort is what makes the Pacers that special team I really am rooting for this season. You want to believe in that concept of not “needing” the Big Three or one great superstar.
I truly believe fans around here have that same idea. Look at how guys have been embraced even when they might be around for a season or too. Fans here just want hustle and heart for the game. They don’t care about the attention. Sometimes, we want that media love, but even then, it’s all about the players of this team.
What do you think about this concept?