INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Pacers returned to practice Tuesday afternoon for the first time since their trip overseas to Taiwan and the Philippines. The team said the best part of their trip was seeing how many Pacers fans there are worldwide.
“I bumped into fans in Taipei, wearing Pacers' gear and walking through the airport at whatever time it was, three, four in the morning,” said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. “Hundreds of fans of the NBA there to cheer us on and support us, it was pretty cool."
“We had fans at the airport at three in the morning. We needed security outside the hotel at all times,” added Pacers forward Danny Granger. “We tried to go shopping and had to go with a team of armed people, just to take us shopping, so they definitely take notice."
Since returning stateside, the team has been battling jet lag, which of course affects everyone differently. For Pacers guard George Hill, it’s brought out his inner shopper.
“I went to sleep at five the first night and four last night. I was just up watching infomercials and buying 'Ninja Blenders' and stuff. I actually bought one the other night. The infomercial sold me that good,” said Hill. “A big blender, on TV it looked so great, so when it comes in the mail, hopefully, it's great.”
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