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Limited Upside podcast: The Pacers will be bad ... and also boring

That’s not a great combination.

Listen to our Indiana Pacers preview here.

The Pacers no longer have Paul George, and other than Myles Turner, they don't really have much exciting young talent, either. You can see how this setup isn't exactly inspiring their fans.

Our Indiana dynamic duo of assistant NBA editor Whitney Medworth and Indy Cornrows lead writer Caitlin Cooper joins to run through a depressing season preview. Topics include:

  • One last look back at the Paul George trade.
  • Darren Collison? Victor Oladipo? Cory Joseph? Lance Stephenson? What is with these offseason moves to stay mediocre?
  • Is Turner ready to be the face of the franchise? Have the Pacers put him in a position to actually succeed?
  • What is a good season for Turner? What can Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis do to make fans feel better about the return package for George?
  • Why not just pull the plug and commit fully to a rebuild? Why is Indiana a "never rebuild" market? Does Indiana's past success building through the middle give the front office a false sense of their own abilities?
  • Is Nate McMillan the right coach to shepherd this reconstruction?
  • Happier thoughts! Which of the following Pacers teams is the best: 13-14, 03-04, 97-98, or 94-95?
  • Which player from recent Pacers history not named Miller, O'Neal, or George would be best to add to this Pacers team?
  • The all-important banana boat question.
  • Sad predictions.

Plus, some important chili and peanut butter talk. Very important.

This podcast was part of the Limited Upside podcast’s 2017-18 offseason series previewing all 30 NBA teams with members of SB Nation’s team communities and other friends of the show. We’ve spent the last two-and-a-half months gauging the temperature of every fan base heading into what should be a terrific NBA season. There’s no better way to understand what makes NBA fans in each market tick.

We began these in August and counted down worst-to-first leading up to the season. Here’s how to listen to them all:

  1. Nets with Kristian Winfield and Nets Daily’s Anthony Puccio
  2. Lakers with Zito Madu and Silver Screen and Roll’s Anthony Irwin and Harrison Faigen
  3. Suns with Bright Side of the Sun’s Dave King and Evan Sidery
  4. 76ers with Tyler Tynes and Liberty Ballers’ Kyle Neubeck
  5. Knicks with Kristian Winfield and Posting and Toasting’s Seth Rosenthal
  6. Magic with Orlando Pinstriped Post’s Zach Oliver and Cory Hutson
  7. Kings with Kenny Carraway and Sactown Royalty’s Tony Xypteras
  8. Mavs with Tim Cato and Mavs Moneyball’s Kirk Henderson
  9. Wolves with Canis Hooups’ Eric Goldman and John Meyer
  10. Pelicans with The Bird Writes’ Oleh Kosel and Travis Tate
  11. Hornets with James Dator and At the Hive’s Nicklaus Denning
  12. Pistons with John Ketchum, Kofie Yeboah and Detroit Bad Boys’ Lazarus Jackson
  13. Nuggets with Denver Stiffs’ Adam Mares
  14. Heat with Kelly Cohen and Hot Hot Hoops’ Surya Fernandez
  15. Bulls with Ricky O’Donnell and Blog a Bull’s Jason Patt
  16. Pacers with Whitney Medworth and Indy Cornrows’ Caitlin Cooper
  17. Blazers with Blazers Edge’s Brian Freeman and Peter Sampson
  18. Bucks with Kevin McCauley and Brew Hoop’s Mitchell Maurer
  19. Hawks with Harry Lyles Jr. and Peachtree Hoops’ Brad Rowland
  20. Grizzlies with Grizzly Bear Blues’ Joe Mullinax
  21. Thunder with Eddie Maisonet and Welcome to Loud City’s Joshua Broom
  22. Thunder addendum! Carmelo Anthony trade emergency pod with Eddie Maisonet
  23. Wizards with Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Sharp and Bullets Forever’s Michael Sykes
  24. Jazz with SLC Dunk’s Mychal Lowman and James Hansen.
  25. Raptors with Raptors HQ’s Daniel Reynolds and freelance writer Seerat Sohi
  26. Cavaliers with Fear the Sword’s Chris Manning and MMA Fighting’s Eric Jackman
  27. Clippers with Clips Nation’s Lucas Hann and former L.A. video coordinator Mo Dakhil
  28. Celtics with Paul Flannery and Celtics Blog’s Nick Gelso
  29. Rockets with The Dream Shake’s Ethan Rothstein and Jeremy Brener
  30. Spurs with Pounding the Rock’s J.R. Wilco and Bruno Passos
  31. Warriors with Golden State of Mind’s Bram Kincheloe

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