INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Pacers fans weren't sure about Tyler
Hansbrough when the team drafted him in 2009.
He's one of their favorites now, and his success embodies the
scrappy young Pacers. Indiana is down 0-2 to top-seeded Chicago,
but is giving the heavily favored Bulls a tough test in the first
round of the playoffs.
Hansbrough says he's always had doubters, and he uses the
comments as fuel. Pacers president Larry Bird always expected the
former North Carolina star to succeed. Hansbrough moved into the
regular rotation after the Pacers fired Jim O'Brien and made Frank
Vogel the interim coach.
Hansbrough scored 22 points in the playoff opener at Chicago.
His hustle and intensity have firmly established him as a villain
at the United Center.