INDIANAPOLIS — Inside Myles Turner resides a dualism. It’s been there his entire life, long before basketball took over.
Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar understood it as wearing the mask. Social activist W.E.B. DuBois termed it a double consciousness.
More than a century has passed and that’s what lies beneath Turner’s basketball education, a Defensive Player of the Year candidate who’ll be on the biggest of stages Sunday when the Pacers open a first-round series vs. the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
“Been in the playoffs four years now,” Turner says after running through an optional workout. “I haven’t done anything with it. Got my foot in the door. This is a big deal.”