I don't think you'll ever see from here on out 18 years with one franchise. We've seen a lot of players decide to jump ship to get the one thing that they think their legacy is built on and that's a ring. I think what's more special than a ring is loyalty. Indiana and Reggie were a match made in heaven.
The one thing that Qwest has is its local franchise, and over the next two years it's going to become increasingly embattled as (cable company) Comcast starts rolling out more aggressively with their digital voice service. I don't think they get acquired at all.
That set the franchise in a whole different light I think. I think it helped get rid of whatever the negative vibes of being a Net were. If we had never gotten out of that game, we would have never known how good we could be.
At Christmas time we talked and said we just wanted to get respectability for the franchise. We wanted to be a team that's thought of with respect, one that's tough to come in and play against. That's what we're starting to establish.
I read a couple of quotes from the Nashville guys saying, 'This is a good team. They're playing hard. They're playing as a unit. They're playing within their system. Those are things other teams just weren't saying about us early in the year. That means a lot for the franchise.