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Why the Pacers Won’t Be Leaving Indiana

Okay, seriously, I am getting tired of these rumors of the Pacers moving. I really don’t think it’s going to happen at all. It’ll never happen. NEVER! I have so many reasons, so let’s start now.

Yes, yes, Indiana has been going to financial troubles and there are those rumors of them that they might be threatened to leave town.

Financial troubles are getting so bad that if Herb Simon can’t pay for the team and the building costs by June 30th, it’s all over. Everything has to be done in 30-40 days, says Jim Morris.

But I just don’t see it happening. I think Indy can get through this. I know they can. I mean, how can you see a professional basketball team moving from the state of Indiana!

Indiana! This is where basketball dreams are made. Indiana is probably one of the top five states for basketball. They had 1,000 people in attendance for a State Finals high school basketball game!

The Pacers have been in Indy for over 40 years! And now people are expecting them to move. Oh jeez. There’s a bright future out there. We heard all the rumors. At the beginning of this season, there were rumors of them moving to Vancouver.

They were way off. And now the rumors come up again. Probably a lot of you basketball fans have read Bill Simmons’ recent book. He said the basketball H.O.F. should be in Indiana. He thinks Indiana is the best state for basketball.

Which brings me to this: there is no way a professional basketball team will leave Indiana. It’s just impossible. I guarantee Herb Simon and Larry Bird will find a way to fix this.

I just know they will. So you guys can just keep going on those rumors. It’s not gonna happen!

Plus, if you look at this way: would you pay $15M for Conseco Fieldhouse or $150M for leaving the city and moving to another city, as Indy Cornrows points out. Take your choice. There’s another reason, see?

And according to the Indiana Business Journal, the Pacers would be in $147M in debt if they were to leave the city and do all that bullcrap.

Though Indiana has been a struggle for the past few seasons and again this season, just think of what would happen here. Chaos. This team has so many good memories. From Billy Knight to Rik Smits and Reggie Miller to Ron Artest and Jermaine O’Neal, a new future is awaited.

We are seeing a new team. Rebuilding. Next year is the best bet for the playoffs. It’s possible. With a new future with building around Danny Granger, Dahntay Jones, A.J. Price, Troy Murphy, Brandon Rush, and Roy Hibbert; there’s no way in hell Indy is moving.

Fans will probably help. But I know. I know, the Pacers are staying.

And they always will.