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But the explosion of Twitter, Instagram, Vine and other social media has erased the buffer between players and fans. Now, many players often make their feelings known without the filter of their agents or teams, and live with the reaction. "I get 'Shut up and play basketball,' I get 'You're racist,' I've gotten everything," West said by phone Friday. "I try to answer some stuff, but I know some people aren't worth responding to. But I also get, some of the funnier ones I've gotten from Heat fans were like, 'I've wanted you to lose the last two years, but I love the fact that you have the courage to speak out.' I get tons of positive feedback. In part, that's why I do it. I know there are young people that are looking for leadership, different points of view, a different image." NBA.com

"I feel like it's important to be a part of the world," West said. "It's important to know what's going on in the world. If you have something to say, have the courage to say it. What's going on in Ferguson, what happened in Ferguson, it's not new for us. It's just the more, the further we delve into this social media, this 24-hour news cycle, things are just being shown and displayed that weren't shown and displayed in the past. It was very unsettling for me ... as a father who has a young son. He's a 70-pound five-year-old, so he's going to be a big boy. So it's very, very unsettling. And at some point, there's got to be a demand that we are looked at differently, that we are treated differently, and the demands have to start with ourselves. We've got to demand that we treat one another better, and then we can't allow other folks to treat us and dehumanize us the way they do." NBA.com

West says he has not been given any directive by the Pacers' front office to stop or curtail his social media commentary. "Never," he said. "At times, I do get, I have gotten, 'Be careful,' sort of indirectly. But not from anybody in the front office or anything. I try to be responsible and I try to come from a point of view where you can clearly understand what I'm trying to say. I'm not reckless. I'm not promoting anything. I don't use it for that. NBA.com

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He's a hardship case, an emergency acquisition, a temp worker of sorts. NBA teams can exceed the 15-player limit when at least four players are injured for at least two weeks and miss at least three games. The Pacers have gone beyond that, with Paul George, George Hill, David West, C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey rehabbing injuries and C.J. Miles out for the past three games with a migraine. So, they called him at his home in Baldwin, N.Y. last Wednesday evening, about 10 p.m., to invite him to join them for Friday's game at Boston – but even then only after their first choice, Gal Mekel, had visa issues. Problem is, West and Watson could return by the end of the week, and Miles could return anytime, which puts Price's status in jeopardy. NBA.com

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"We were [contenders] at one point, and really not of our own doing, the injury bug is on us now," West said. "You've just got to be confident. You don't know what's going to strike. You've just got to be able to keep the guys who can play on the floor, keep them motivated." George, West and Hill are all traveling with the team, trying to be vocal in the film room. But it's not what they were brought to Indy to do. "Like I tell all the guys here, it's not about who's playing, how many minutes they're playing, how many points people are putting up," Hill said. NBA.com

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