The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The franchise is part of the NBA's Eastern Conference. The history of the Indiana Pacers dates back to 1967, when the team was founded as a member of the American Basketball Association (ABA). Over the years, the ABA Pacers were successful and won three ABA titles in the 1970s. In 1976, the team joined the NBA along with three other ABA teams. In the 1990s, the Indiana Pacers were known as one of the most competitive teams in the NBA.
Under the leadership of their legendary coach Larry Bird, the team reached the NBA Finals in 2000. During this period, players such as Reggie Miller, Rik Smits and Jalen Rose were key elements to the team's success. In recent years, the Pacers have continued to compete in the Eastern Conference, attempting to reach the playoffs and compete for the title. The team is known for its physical style of play and defensive commitment. The Pacers have a large following of passionate fans in Indianapolis. The team's home arena, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, is always packed with fans who support the Pacers at every game.