Oh you nutty, Pacers. Not only are you stomping the throats of every team you play but you’re having fun doing it.
Yesterday was Indiana’s backup center Ian Mahinmi’s birthday. The team had to beat up on the Pistons in Detroit, so there was no time for a proper celebration, but that didn’t stop rookie Solomon Hill from being forced to serenade the big fella over the plane’s PA on the way home.
The night before, however, the team did give Mahinmi a proper party.
[Pacers reporter] Brooke Olzendam relayed a story during the game broadcast last night about Ian celebrating his birthday a couple of days early by meeting his wife and daughter for dinner on the team’s off night Monday. Except when Ian went to meet his wife at the restaurant, his teammates were there to surprise him and join in the celebration.
As Quinn Buckner noted, that’s a fun story but really does emphasize how tight this group of players is to have the whole team make the effort, on a rare night off this week, to get together outside of the Fieldhouse for one of their teammate’s birthdays.
They’re just one big ol’ happy family, it seems.
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