December 1, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55), power forward David West (21) and small forward Paul George (24) celebrate the 105-100 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

David West: Fearless Leader of the Indiana Pacers

Dec 23, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) and Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche (0) jump for a rebound during the third quarter of a game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Grantland.com has a great one on one piece with Mr. David West that you should check out. I think it’s great that he was able to sit down and give some of his thoughts on the season and just his play in general. You look at West, and you know he’s not always the flashy or showy guy. But he does get noticed when he’s driving into the lane. He gets noticed he makes a hard foul on someone. It’s better to be known for your play than your words.

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.

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