The Pacers are sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 23-5, just a half-game back of the Spurs and the Thunder out West for the best record in the league overall.
This lofty position wouldn’t seem to warrant publicly trashing an opposing team following an easy double-digit victory, especially when that team is nine games under .500, out of the playoff picture, and woefully underachieving given the talent assembled on its roster.
But after Indiana beat the Nets in Brooklyn by 17 points last week, that’s exactly what David West appeared to do.
West posted a comment to his Twitter account following the game, which read simply, “Blame the GM.” He explained the reasoning behind his remark in advance of the rematch between the two teams in Indiana on Saturday.
“There were a couple guys that were kind of ripping us throughout the game. They sit pretty close,” West explained before the Pacers hosted the Nets on Saturday. “They were hollering at us. We hear that everywhere we go. That’s like the last option, when we’re about to win the game – like, “Y’all alright, but y’all ain’t gonna beat the Heat.’ It kind of gets on my nerves after a while.
“I was just kind of playing around with (the tweet) A lot of it was about us. There were a couple fans on the way out of the arena saying things about us, about where we were, about how we weren’t going to beat the Heat and all that type of stuff. Everybody has a problem with the way our team looks, the way we play. We were put together too, you know what I’m saying.”
The Pacers are going to be hearing that part about not beating the Heat until they actually do it, considering that Miami has been to the Finals for three straight seasons.
But West was justified in making this not-so-subtle remark about how the Nets were constructed. Brooklyn went the mercenary route, signing or trading for big-named stars who are struggling to fit together under the questionable leadership of a rookie head coach.
The Pacers were built more traditionally, and are reaping the rewards as one of the league’s top teams.