This is at least a half season too late, maybe two years. Foster's back had been an issue for some time. But no Pacer fan was going to be upset at Foster for trying to fight through. He was never an all-star, and spent a lot of his career coming off the bench. But nobody played harder or more workman like than Jeff Foster. You don't finish your career in the top five or ten in rebound rate if you don't work your ass off around the rim.
More than that, though, Foster provided a link. He was the last player left in Indianapolis that was on the finals team. He didn't play too much on that team, but he was there and had a few moments that year. He was there during the good times after the finals, when the Pacers should have gotten by the Pistons to get another crack at the finals and probably would have won. He was there for the brawl. He was there for the lean years after the brawl. He was there for the resurgence and getting back to the playoffs.*