This week marks the end of the offseason, and the time for the Indiana Pacers to begin their journey to a potential NBA title. With expectations high after a surprising 2011-12 season, it is also officially time for this franchise to step up or get stepped on. Competition in the NBA this year will come from all angles, and the fight for the top spot in the Eastern Conference will be just as tough (if not tougher) than it was last season.
The Pacers kicked off the week with a media day on Monday. On Tuesday, this re-vamped squad took to the court as a full unit, for their first two-a-day practice sessions of the season. Due to the NBA lockout a season ago, head coach Frank Vogel, his staff, and the players didn’t even get a chance at these training camp practices during their first year together. Although this experience will be a new one, it will also prove to be a welcome one.
“We finished the season last year feeling like we were good enough to win the championship,” Coach Vogel said. “We’re a team that sets our sights high. We shoot for the moon and then we work our butts off to try and get those goals. We’re dreaming big here.”
The Indiana Pacers will continue with two-a-day practices this week, in preparations for their first preseason game. On Wednesday, October 10th, the Pacers will kick off the preseason with an away game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.