No. 04: Indiana Pacers

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 7, 2012, 11:55 AM ET
By Max Klinger | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 48 Title track: 66 Ownership: 18 Coaching: 25 Players: 16 Fan relations: 20 Affordability: 3 Stadium experience: 15 Bang for the buck: 3

The lockout meant a lot of things to a lot of people, but for the Pacers the resulting collective bargaining agreement was the reaffirmation of a specific management philosophy. In light of the CBA changes, the Pacers' brand of small ball suddenly seemed less like a toss of the dice and more like the strategy of the future for ...

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