Fans in China Encourage Pacers to
Power Up in 2015
By Holick Lee, ChinaPacers.com
People might find it hard to believe that there are Pacers fans in
China, but they would be surprised to learn that a group of diehard
Pacers fans recently came together for their annual fan gathering. It
was another strong showing from the Pacers' Chinese fanbase despite the
team's 12-21 record. This gathering is organized by ChinaPacers.com, a
website that has been covering every Pacers game since 2000.
On the first day of 2015, over 30 Chinese Pacers fans flew all over the
place from China and even Singapore to Xiamen to send a message to the
Power Up in 2015 with Real Indiana Pacers Basketball
Fans in China have been through the ups-and-downs with the Pacers for
over a decade. They still remember how the Pacers competed with just
seven players right after the 2004 brawl in Detroit, and witnessed how
the Pacers were rebuilt into a championship contender after missing the
playoffs for consecutive years.
Injuries have been heartbreaking this season, but it is most encouraging
to see the Pacers playing smash-mouth basketball. That’s when the Pacers
could have a chance to beat anybody, and they have proved it with strong
performances from bench players in recent months. The fact that the
Pacers lead the league in rebounding and second chance points, shows the
heart of the team.
Fans in China hope the Pacers will continue to play with a fighting
spirit, dominate defensively, and own the boards in 2015 to put
themselves in a position to win in every game.
“The worst has happened. The best is next.”
There are two sides to everything. Paul George’s injury was tragic, but
his fighting spirit to come back even better, has inspired a lot of
younger basketball fans in China.
Paul George was the most Googled NBA player last year, and it was the
same case in China. Every time Paul George posts an updated training
video on social media, fans here will cheer for him and pray for him.
The Pacers have never had such strong fan support in China since the
Reggie Miller era.
In this gathering, fans in China lined up a No. 13 to show their
encouragement to Paul George for a full recovery in 2015.
The 2014-2015 season might be tough, but fans in China will support the
team just as ardently as they had in the past. While we can't fill the
seats at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, we hope the fans in Indy will remember
about fans in China who gathered 4:00 a.m. in a hotel room to watch the
Pacers-Heat game, many of them wearing Danny Granger's No. 33 jersey,
just as you did in Indy.
The worst has happened. The best is next.