The words in this piece do say plenty about what West thinks about being here in Indy. It wasn’t concrete that he would end up signing here, but I felt like it was a done deal that he would end up resigning and spending whatever time left in his career here.
West is that guys that fans around here have really embraced. It’s easy to do when you know what he’s bringing every night. His scoring might be down this season. He might not touch the ball as much, but you know any night, if Coach Vogel said we need you extra tonight, he’ll be ready to go. That’s the player West is, and that’s why the Pacers were smart about getting him here.
If you remember back “all those years” ago, the Pacers did need that bit of toughness and more of a leader, West was that guy to come after the first round playoff loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Pacers put up a great fight, but came up short and needed something extra. West was that bit of something extra.
Even in the short years he has been here, it feels like he’s just been a part of this team forever. He’s a guy that’s easy to cheer for because of his play and he’s a great guy off the court. That’s the player the Pacers were looking for after all those years of just “bad” teams. West really did come at just the right time.
Even now, he feels that this team could be ahead of schedule if you want to put it that way as they’re on pace for one of their strongest seasons. Who would have imagined the leaps that Paul George, Roy Hibbert, and Lance Stephenson all would make? But at the same time, you have this veteran presence in West that really leads out there on the court talking with guys and his play. Those factors show exactly why West was the right fit for this team. I’m glad he came along, and love watching him play in the Blue and Gold.