Pacers forward major factor in team's success



INDIANAPOLIS

The goatee covering the chin of the oldest Indiana Pacers player is grown out to more than an inch in length.

This forest of dark whiskers is the unofficial exclamation point to David West’s menacing triple threat. The ideal complement to a chiseled 6-foot-9, 250-pound frame complete with Venice Beach-worthy arms responsible for more ink than most term papers.

West’s tattoos offer a glimpse inside the man who clearly doesn’t mind a good needling now and then.

The large “X” at the top of his left limb honors Xavier University, West’s alma mater and a place he could have bolted from early for the riches of the NBA had he not been so dedicated to teammates and the late Skip Prosser, his college coach as a freshman and sophomore.

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