Larry Bird recorded a message for Pacers fans, mainly thanking them for their support this season, but also pledging to get better for next year.
“Thank for being part of a great season. There’s a lot to be proud of this year: 56 wins, number-one seed in the East, two NBA All-Stars, and tremendous fan support. But we fell short, and we all need to get a little bit better: the front office, the coaching staff, the players, heck, even this guy [points at Boomer]. We’re not satisfied. I’m already looking to next year. It will be a battle — and we will be ready.”
Obviously, this wasn’t a “great season.” It was wildly disappointing to all but the most delusional fans, but they definitely had their moments through the first few months.
Additionally, it’s hard to call the fan support “tremendous.”
The Pacers ranked just 15th in regular season attendance, according to ESPN, coming in behind such awful teams as the Celtics and Jazz. (Utah, among others ahead of Indiana, has a significantly bigger arena, but that would be more relevant if Indiana sold out more often.)
Still, the 17,500 fan average per night is a huge jump from the sad 15,369 the showed up last season and the “wait, why is there even a team here?” 13,538 that came to watch in 2010-11 — The Fieldhouse-era nadir.
Still, this is a propaganda video that is presumably aimed at selling season tickets so I suppose there is no reason to quibble with things like facts.
Great job, Pacers, and great job, fans.