The Indiana Pacers fell just one win short of reaching The Finals last year; now, currently with the best record in the league, many believe they are destined for a return to the Eastern Conference Finals and perhaps more this season. NBA TV goes behind the scenes with the Pacers to see what is fueling them this season with a special program — On a Mission: Indiana Pacers — airing Friday, Jan. 17, at 5:30 p.m. ET.
In this 30-minute NBA TV Originals special, Hall of Famer and TNT NBA analyst Reggie Miller narrates the story of his former team, providing a unique perspective on what is driving them. Sometimes overlooked, the Pacers have proven to be a special blend of President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird, a Hoosier-state icon, and Head Coach Frank Vogel, a New Jersey native and former video coordinator who fuels the team’s underdog approach.
“I really haven’t won anything for Indiana,” says Bird. “I couldn’t win in high school. I couldn’t win in college. I’d like to see this franchise make the step necessary to get back and do whatever they can to win a championship and my life would then be fulfilled. If they can win it, my life would be fulfilled, because I did something for Indiana.”
NBA TV focuses on each of the key team members including Paul George, a 2013 All-Star who has elevated into the upper echelon of the NBA’s elite players. Joining him are fellow All-Stars Roy Hibbert and David West, as well as Lance Stephenson, a former second-round pick who has turned into a steady, key piece of the team.
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