Indiana Pacers Logo – Indiana Pacers is a franchise NBA based in Indianapolis, Indiana. His greatest achievement was to have reached the NBA Finals in the year 2000, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 4-2. The Pacers began play in the season 1967 – 68 of the ABA, a league alternative to the NBA. During his first six years, played in the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum, now called Pepsi Coliseum, moving in 1974 at Market Square Arena, located in the center of the city of Indianapolis.
In the second season, Bob “Slick” Leonard, coach of the University of Indiana, became the coach of the Pacers. Leonard quickly turned them into a winning team, being led by players like Mel Daniels, George McGinnis, Rick Mount and Roger Brown. The Pacers were the most successful team in ABA history, winning three championships in four years. In the eight year history of the league, came five times to the Finals.
The ABA was dissolved in 1976, and the Pacers were one of the four teams allowed to enter the NBA (along with New York Nets, Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs ). Financially, the Pacers was the weakest set of four new in the league, having to start selling their stars in his last years in the ABA. His first season in the NBA ended with a record of 36-46 and with representatives of the computer on All-Star Game to Billy Knight and Don Buse. This was one of the few successes of the team in its first 17 years in the league (in which only got two seasons with winning record and six playoff appearances).