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The Indiana Pacers franchise began back in 1967 as part of the American Basketball Association. The nickname was taken from the state's long history of racing, including the Indianapolis 500, which takes place every year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. From 1967 until the ABA and NBA merger in 1976, the Indiana Pacers were the most successful franchise in the league. They won three championships in four appearances in the finals, leading to their selection to move to the National Basketball Association after the merger.
During the first decade in their new league, the Pacers struggled to find success on the court. In 1987, the rebuilding process of the franchise landed its marquee piece when they drafted Reggie Miller out of UCLA. At first fans did not like the pick, but Miller ultimately won over the state. He became the leader of the team, which added more pieces around him to build a winner. They drafted Rik Smits and traded for Detlef Schrempf while developing more young talent. The new-look Pacers were able to qualify for the playoffs every year from 1989 through 2006 with the only exception being 1997. It all culminated in 2000, when Reggie Miller and the Pacers glided through the Eastern Conference playoffs and into the NBA Finals. Their matchup against the LA Lakers proved to be a tough one, and they lost the series four games to two. As of 2008, it is Indiana's only appearance in the NBA Finals.
Reggie Miller retired in 2005 and forever will be synonymous with the Indiana Pacers. Playing his entire career in Indiana, he played in more games for the same team than any other player in NBA history, other than John Stockton and Karl Malone with the Utah Jazz. He finished his career with 25,279 points and made an NBA record of 2,560 three-point field goals. People with Indiana Pacers tickets on March 30, 2006, got to see Miller's #31 raised to the rafters at Conseco Fieldhouse.
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