The Pacers left at noon Tuesday for Mumbai, India, a 16-hour flight to a country that has never hosted an NBA game and a city that is not suitable for extensive tourism.

If anything can bring a group together, surely this is it.

“Not looking forward to the travel time, obviously, but I think it’s good for the team,” said the exceptionally well-traveled Domantas Sabonis, who like Myles Turner spent part of the summer in China playing in the World Cup.

The chartered aircraft will make the trip as comfortable as possible and the length will provide ample opportunity to do more than eat and sleep.

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