With an NBA lockout set, many teams will be in difficult situations. Whether a team has a first year coach, or could be losing a big time player, this summer could be a long one for your favorite team.
The Indiana Pacers however, will not be one of these teams.
With more talent on the roster since the Jermaine O'Neal-Stephen Jackson days, and flexibility in free agency (whenever that may be), Indiana is not far away from contention in the East.
Interim coach Frank Vogel led the Pacers organization to its first playoff appearance since 2006.
It is to be seen whether or not Larry Bird and the front office decide to extend him into the full time head coach, but such a move seems logical.
Whether or not the season starts on time or not, the Indiana Pacers will be in great shape to make a push at contention.