Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  58 responses

George Hill Unhappy With Pacers Fans in Loss to Lakers (UPDATE)

UPDATE: The Indy Star notes that Hill was not talking about true Pacers fans. He meant bandwagon Indy fans. Read the full transcript of what Hill said here.

Just like the Indiana Pacers had suspected all along, Kobe Bryant gave it a go despite a severely sprained left ankle. He couldn’t move, however, and sat out the final three quarters and didn’t score. No matter. The Los Angeles Lakers still pulled off the 99-93 upset, and with Laker Nation making its collective voice heard all night long, Pacers guard George Hill ripped the lack of fan support for the team in their own building. Per the Indy Star: “All the Pacers needed to do was lower the lights in the stands, put Jack Nicholson and Denzel Washington in the high-priced seats and you would have thought you were across the country at Staples Center. Just like any other time when a marquee team comes to Indianapolis, the fieldhouse was full of fans wearing purple-and-gold shirts. That didn’t sit well with Hill inside the locker room after the game. The Pacers starting point guard sat at Paul George’s locker putting on lotion and talking to center Roy Hibbert loud enough so that the media could hear what he was saying. ‘Somebody has to say something,’ Hill said as Hibbert tried to get him to calm down. Hill wasn’t done talking after making his way across the locker room to his own locker. ‘It sucks,’ the Indianapolis native said. ‘It was 70-30 out there (in favor of Lakers fans). These are the same people that want autographs. … We’re out there in the community doing what we’re supposed to do on and off the court. Something has to change. … It shouldn’t feel like an away game, especially with an important game like this. That’s what it felt like.’”

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  • Markus437

    I remember 2 years ago when they played the bulls in the playoffs and seeing all red in the crowd…. Pacers need to step up that local fan support

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    just a strange fan base. Kinda like Milwaukee. Superb college bball followers but they are not too into their pro teams.

  • initbruv

    It’s because Lakers fans are everywhere. Go to a Utah/Lakers game and 40% of the crowd are cheering for the “away” team. Same thing back in the day with the Bulls. Probably the same people. B*stards.

  • initbruv

    Or the nation needs to tone down the Lakers support.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s the big 10 tournament. the pacers should try some white and red alternates and maybe then the crowd will wake up

  • Dagger

    Fans pay a ridiculous amount of money to watch these athletes play. Players’ salaries come from fan support. Best to keep quiet and let the fans wear what they want and support who they want.

  • Jer dawg

    It’s refreshing to hear that he’s emotional about fan support. Generally, players only care about paychecks and doing their job and barely acknowledging fans. Judging by his comments he gives a crap about fans.

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  • SOM

    They need more white players

  • SOM

    myself as well

  • lean

    is george hill just finding out that there are alot of laker fans. The lakers usually have the most games on national t.v during the regular season so its no suprise they have so many fans and the draw of hollywood

  • http://twitter.com/bereal68 CARDA MEREDITH$$$$

    put the pacers in virginia

  • Redd

    Yea it’ll be like that again when Rose returns.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    You can usually get a ticket to a pacer’s game for 2 dollars if you wait til gameday.

  • http://twitter.com/knicksnewyork knicksnewyork

    burn in hell racist troll

  • tomtom

    Most. No. For example myself. However it is going to be so much more difficult to be a fan at times when he is gone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1102722064 Eric Sims Jr.

    Indianapolis remains white with no real understanding of basketball beyond the fictional horse …. of Hoosiers.

  • The Philosopher

    The Lakers are the greatest franchise in the history of American professional sports, George. You know it… and your own fans obviously know it.
    Just saying.

  • Mack

    Haha no that would be either the Yankees

  • Kobe Is A Rapist

    The Lakers aren’t even the best team in the NBA dickhead the Celtics are

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    I would argue Lakers. Celtics got ‘em all in the 60′s. Lakers have had the longest periods of success. But yeah. Yankees > Lakers. And had it not been for the Habs falling off, I’d argue Canadians > Lakers, as well. But right now, I got Yanks > Lakers > Habs > Celts

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    I’m from MTL and when I hit up Tdot for the Lakers games its usually more Laker fans.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Or Charlotte

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  • The Philosopher

    AND… it does not matter what the numbers say. It matters what the FANS say.

  • http://twitter.com/StinkaMN Stinka

    when the Pacers win a title Hill, you can run your mouth all you want. until then, let the nba fans who spend their money to come into your building, root for whomever they want.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    17 up votes. Just noting this

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Lakers have been relevant in multiple eras with fewer droughts. They get the nod. Remember even though they lost to the Celtics they were in the Finals almost every year. And Magic went to NINE Finals in his career.

  • Conor


  • giovanni dennis

    You had me at,”George Hill Unhappy With Pacers Fans”, lost me at ,”putting on lotion…”

  • fruizm


  • fruizm

    If you want to sit 5000ft above sea level!

  • fruizm

    its Canada…

  • Redd

    I’d put the Bulls as the greatest team ever, franchise goes to Lakers.

  • z

    Lol i think SOM was saying that indiana is still one of the most racist states outside the deep south. And with so many racists in the state the ballclub wouldprobly make more $ with fewer black players. Just givin my explanation for up voting his comment. Says something sad about indiana

  • justin05

    Bill Russell and a low level of competetion back in the day is the only reason for that. LA #1

  • justin05

    There’s a salary cap in the NBA and NFL though..

  • Anthony Dixon

    Indiana is the birthplace of the Klan…. But lol at his comment

  • http://twitter.com/BEdotwater Orlando Coolridge

    I live in Chicago, but I’m from Cali. All I know is purple and gold. Since I work at the united center, when we had the Lakers come into town, there were MAD Laker fans. Goin to the Bucks game on the 28th, expect to see alot of Laker fans there too.

  • ATL dynamite

    I know that feel… the same can be be found during a Hawks’ game

  • Xena

    Uhm….No. That would be the New York Yankees. LMAO

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I’m just saying.

  • Max

    Hill has done alot of things with fans.

  • Max

    Was it too hot George?

  • Lorne

    Based on his comment, you don’t have enough to come to that conclusion. He did indict the state of Idiana though. He’s accusing them of being racist by not rooting for the team because it’s full of non-white players.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicolas.tapia.355 Nicolas Tapia

    Same way at Nuggets games. Makes it that much better when the Nuggets run all over the Lakers. Still, mad respect for George Hill.

  • Youngindy21

    Indiana is not the birthplace of the Klan. Tennessee is the Actual Birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan. Stop repeating false facts that you hear. Do some research and you would know the Klan came from the South during the Reconstruction Era and not from the North who was against Slavery.

  • Markus437

    Ya I noticed that when they played the heat a few weeks back

  • Anthony Dixon

    o my bad Grand Wizard… They still were the most prominent in Indiana

  • Youngindy21

    He has the most right to say it of any of the Pacers players cus he is from the Area. But Maybe they should lower the ticket prices. I don’t want to pay 150 bucks a pop for lower level seats to go see the Orlando Magic play in the regular season. I was gonna go to that Lakers game but I didn’t think Kobe was gonna play cus of his injury and I was right as he only ended up playing for like 10 mins. Also it would help if the Pacers didn’t brick every single shot. The only players on the team that can shoot are West, Granger, Johnson (the rookie), and Hill. But anyway he is right There are WAY too many Bandwagon fans across the NBA. Everybody wants to be a fan of the same 5 teams it is ridiculous.

  • initbruv

    What is worth noting about this? Pretty predictable jab at Indiana.

  • Redd

    ..lol, that was funny “my bad Grand Wizard”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WCECGIOIR2RHJRPWZHGS6AWW3U Gerald

    that is why despite his ankle injury, he tried to play 12 excruciating minutes.

    he played for the fans that paid to see him.

    fans would be disappointed if he did not play or showed up in street clothes on the bench. much like g.pop did with duncan and his stars.

    sadly though, hill should realize and accept the truth that – kobe has fans. That indiana fans saved their pennies for this day – when the lakeshow visits Indianapolis. probably the only time they would see the lakeshow in the flesh.

  • http://twitter.com/MisterBucketz Mitya Ya

    A roster swap with the Wolves would work cause they’ve got to be the whitest team since the sixties.

  • JL

    nope I’m a fan of the team, and less him as a player. Although I respect his work enthic. It does make sense though since many fans have actually now grown up watching his having a major role on the Lakers. Actually now that I think about it, you are probably correct, although I still see alot of lakers jerseys which are no Kobe jerseys at games.

  • JL

    I”m not sure I go with the Yankees being the top team only because recently they have been just trying to buy teams rather than build them from the ground up. Sure the teams are good and the MLB allows that, but it just doesn’t feel as authentic. They do have some players that have been with them for a long while though.

  • JL

    Exactly, the Celtics won the most when there were only like what 8 teams in the league? The Celtics had a big lull from the 80′s till 2008. The Lakers were always there.

  • Peppkid3

    maybe they should move to seattle…