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Indiana Pacers Preseason Report 2014 posted by Pacers Fan

The 2013-2014 season looked very promising for the Indiana Pacers, but they failed in the playoffs. The initial half of the season was quite explosive with 33 wins and only 7 losses, with great contributions from Lance Stephenson and Paul George. Apart from these two great players, the Pacers also have an excellent defense, and the team was in the lead position for lowest percentage of opponent field goal. However, the Pacers may not have an excellent offense, and their offense usually starts slowly during the game. 

Frank Vogel, who is a good coach, came under the scanner, as the team failed to advance in the playoffs. For season 2014-2015, the question remains whether any changes are going to make things better for the Pacers. Judging by the performance of each player in the last season, Paul George seems to be on top. He played great offense, and also came very near to the title of Defensive Player of the Year. If he keeps playing the same game, and does not let the last season cloud his judgment, George will continue to be the top player.

Lance Stephenson, on the other hand has some unique moves, and his antics seems to grab headlines during playoffs. Sometimes he might seem deranged but ensuring the victory of his team is his primary focus. Larry Bird seems to be convinced about keeping him, and he has re-signed Stephenson for the team.

Another strong force of Indiana Pacers is David West, who backed the team and gave his best when things started going south for the Pacers. He was very willful during the playoffs and could have been the only reason, the pacers managed to play the last playoff game. The team definitely needs his leadership and confidence. If the Indiana Pacers manage to keep these three players, and they play as expected, there are good chances for the team to reach the finals.

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Frank Jenkins

Fired up for a fun NBA season! posted by Frank Jenkins

Hey gang!

I am excited as the new NBA season approaches. The preseason started last night and that means that we are less than four weeks away from the start of the season. I've got my Gamecenter online so that I can watch games with my computer. I'll spend time on this blog talking about what games I've watched and other exciting news and notes from the NBA. 

I have several teams that I love, but my top two teams are the Magic and the Pacers. I used to live in the Orlando area for several years and now live closest to the Pacers. If I get to any of the Pacer games live, then I'll also post pictures from those.

Let's get ready for a fun year. Over the next couple weeks, I'll give you my insights as to who might win the trophy in June.

Frank

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Micky Deming

The Need for Relevance posted by Micky Deming

As a Pacer fan, the obvious highlight of my season was the ESPN 30 for 30 story on Reggie Miller vs the New York Knicks. I loved every second of the documentary. I thought it was put together very well, and the best part was all of the memories it brought back.

On the other hand it was bitter-sweet in some ways. The Pacers have been awful for the last few years, but I have still enjoyed the NBA and told myself, "It's OK that the Pacers aren't competitive because it is still great to watch all of these high profile teams go at it in the Playoffs." 

 But that was wrong. There is something incredible about living and dying with every point in an NBA Playoff series. And Pacer fans got to experience that excitement consistently from the mid 90's to the early 00's. Honestly, I took it for granted. And seeing those old games again, I remembered how much I hated the Knicks and how much I cared about how those games turned out. It reminded me that the Pacers used to matter. And I want that again so badly. I want our games to be meaningful; relevant. I want to sit at work all day and be thinking about what is going to happen in the game tonight.

Which brings us to the lottery. The Pacers have never been a serious contender for the top pick in the lottery. In fact, the last two years they finished 9th in the East, just out of the playoffs, and a long way from the top talent in the draft. To me, it seems silly to act like a top pick in the draft is the only way the team can get good, but a glance at the top of the league shows that you have to score big with a superstar or you will never be good.

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Colin Linneweber

Ron Artest is an alcoholic lunatic posted by Colin Linneweber

Psychotic Los Angeles Lakers small forward Ron Artest claimed this week that he boozed a French cognac during games when he played for the Chicago Bulls from 1999-2002.

 

“I used to drink Hennessy at halftime,” Artest, 30, said in an interview with the Sporting News. “I kept it in my locker. I’d just walk to the liquor store and get it.”

 

Artest, who was born and raised in the Queensbridge projects in Queens, New York, played college basketball at St. John’s University and he was selected by the Bulls with the 16th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft.

 

“When I was a 19-year-old father, whew. I was a single pimp! I was wild,” said the unbalanced hoopster who infamously once attended a practice with the Indiana Pacers donning only a bath robe. “A lot of marijuana and alcohol. I still party and have fun, but not like I used to. I used to drink every night and party every night.”

 

Artest, the 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and four-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection, also revealed to the famed athletic periodical that he doesn’t regret as a Pacer inciting the violent brawl in Detroit that halted a contest against the Pistons.

 

The vicious melee “wasn’t my fault…I don’t see anything I could have done differently.”

 

Artest is simply crazier than a shithouse rat.

 

The ghetto ballplayer from Gotham needlessly mugged Pistons center Ben Wallace in the waning minutes of a Pacers blowout victory in November 2004.

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Andy Charles

Jackson just can’t get his way posted by Andy Charles

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Jackson just can’t seemingly learn how to behave – it doesn’t matter where he plays or what he does, he’s always in the headlines for the wrong reasons either on or off the court.

After a relatively quiet start to his career in San Antonio and Atlanta, ever since he arrived with the dysfunctional Indiana Pacers at the start of the 2004-5 season it has been a long downhill run for the swingman.

Within a couple of months of his Pacer debut, he was handed a 30-game ban for his role in the Palace of Auburn Hills brawl and the season after he was charged with criminal recklessness for firing his gun during an altercation outside a strip club in Indianapolis.

Although things were better for him after a trade to Golden State in early 2007, he was ejected twice during their NBA playoff series win over Dallas, but he did go on to become an important cog in Don Nelson’s team until his demand for a trade this summer.

His latest indiscretion came last week when he had a very public falling out with coach Nelson on the bench at an exhibition game with the Los Angeles Lakers and was suspended for two further games, albeit pre-season warm-ups.

Sadly for the Warriors, Jackson is their best option at the swing position and they are keen to get him back on court, but is a disgruntled player going to be much help to their younger stars in the making, players who have a big future in front of them like Stephen Curry, Anthony Randolph and Anthony Morrow.

But they cannot afford to buy Jackson out given that his contract calls for him to be paid $7.6m this season before an extension kicks in at the start of next season that will earn him $27.8m more over three years.

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Ian Shankster

NBA Playoff Predictions posted by Ian Shankster

At this point in the summer I am going to break down who I think is going to land in the playoffs after the nine.ten. This is based on what has happened so far around the league.

Western Conference Playoffs:

1. Los Angeles Lakers

2. San Antonio Spurs

3. Portland Trailblazers

4. Dallas Mavericks

5. Denver Nuggets

6. Utah Jazz

7. Phoenix Suns

8. New Orleans Hornets 

Easter Conference Playoffs:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

2. Boston Celtics

3. Miami Heat

4. Orlando Magic

5. Chicago Bulls

6. Atlanta Hawks

7. Toronto Raptors

8. Indiana Pacers 

The turnover from last year is small with the Suns replacing the Rockets in the Western Conference and the Raptors and Pacers replacing the Sixers and Pistons in the Eastern Conference. There is however, some movement in the standings, except at the top. 

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Ian Shankster

The Indiana Pacers and the nine.ten posted by Ian Shankster

As writer and editor of this blog I am going to be referring to the upcoming season as "the nine.ten" for obvious reasons. The Pacers appear to be ready to make another pretty good step towards respectability and perhaps the even the playoffs. With the waiving of Jamal Tinsley it seems they are finally putting the past behind them and with a few notable additions it seems that a leaf which was partially overturned last year is fully flipped for the nine.ten.

The Pacers have guys getting healthy, guys getting older and better and some completely new guys. I like what hustle players, Tyler Hansbrough and Dahntay Jones bring to the team. It seems that our defensive intensity will definitely be taken up a notch. When teams bring in someone like Jones who takes his defense very seriously it almost always rubs off in a positive way on teammates. This is absolutely necessary for the nine.ten if you look at last year and see how many times we scored well over 100 points but still lost games. Any improvement in defense is a good thing for a team like the Pacers. I am also excited to see how Danny Granger responds to being an all-star last year. Is he going to be a one-year wonder resting on his accomplishments of the past or is he going to work harder and try to get back and be a perennial all-star? 

A few other questions I hope to see answered.

How effective can Hansbrough be as a rookie?

Will a point guard emerge as a team leader and the future of the Pacers?

How is Mike Dunleavy going to come out and play and how many times will he score 36 points in a game?

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john howard

Thunder release Watson signs with Pacers posted by john howard

Earl Watson has been released by the Thunder.  He began last year as the starting point guard.  Then, became the backup to Russell Westbrook.  Towards the end of the season, Oklahoma City picked up Shaun Livingston.  He has battled injuries in his short career.  The trade for Chucky Atkins also gives the Thunder an experienced backup.  Watson earned 2 wins using the Howard Sports win system.  I is going to sign with Indiana, but must wait 7 days.Continue reading "Thunder release Watson signs with Pacers"


Chris Strickland

Top 10 Reasons Kobe and Artest will work out posted by Chris Strickland

10) They were spotted in Kobe's escalade at an 'N and Out drive-through. And yes, they both got "animal style."

9) When on road trips in Denver, Kobe's got Artest covered for booty calls.

8) Kobe's beer preference is bottles - meaning, he'll never pour anything in a plastic cup.

7) Kobe & LeBron's Nike "puppet campaign" is being replaced by "Kobe and Ron," a new puppet ad-series. However, Nike's yielding to "Crank Yankers" for the directing of this one.

6) Like Kobe, Artest is practically another Dobermamba on defense. Only difference is, Artest may bite.

5) As a peace offering, Artest bought fellow teammate and candy-lover, Lamar Odom, a year's supply of Cookies 'n Cream.

4) Finally, Kobe has a legit MC to battle Shaq with.

3) Ron Artest also prefers Aston-Martin jumping...jump-starting them, that is.

2) Forget a "safe word," Kobe's got a "safe sentence." All he has to say is "I helped bury Michael Jackson," and Artest will back off.

1) When it comes to crazy people, Bryant's got experience. Kobe's dealt with Jack Nicholson for years.

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Christopher Arroyo

National Champs send four in NBA Draft posted by Christopher Arroyo

The people who saw the 2009 NBA Draft on Thursday were in for a special treat when they saw Blake Griffin go No. 1.

 

Very predictable however.

 

Then, Hasheem Thabeet went No. 2, which was also predictable. Then things got a bit interesting.

 

The early shocker was Stephen Curry going number seven to the Golden State Warriors. But what was really neat was that all of the North Carolina players that declared were drafted.

 

The first Tar Heel chosen was Tyler Hansbrough, who went at number 13 to the Indiana Pacers. This was a good pick, for the Pacers and here is why. Indiana is not known to carry much toughness, especially in the frontcourt.

 

If you had the treat to see this guy in college then you would know that he’s the real deal for toughness. I think he will start the season on the bench, but he will emerge into that starting position around December.

 

The second Tar Heel chosen was Ty Lawson, who was picked by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Now I know many of you were wondering why Minnesota picked four guards in the first round, which three were point guards. But, rest assured, they ended up trading Lawson to the Denver Nuggets for a future first round pick.

 

This is the BEST team for Lawson. You’re putting one of the top, and under-appreciated, point guards in the draft on a team that is surrounded with rising talent. He is also going to appreciate being an apprentice to Denver’s Chauncey Billups.

 

Probably the most respected guard in the league and known for his patience and leadership on and off the court. Sadly, he will be a bench player for a few years but, learning under Billups will definitely make him one of the top point guards in the league. This was really the best move of the draft Denver should be strong under the point guard position for at least the next 10 years if all goes well.

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Sloan leads Pacers over Mavericks 111-100 (Yahoo Sports)

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Pacers deep, balanced in impressive victory over Mavericks

Donald Sloan scored 29 points and seven Indiana Pacers scored in double figures in a 111-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. [read full article]

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Revisiting the 'Malice at the Palace,' 10 years on (Ball Don't Lie)

Two things were kind of a big deal in 2004. Quoting "Anchorman" was of paramount importance to your social appeal, and Detroit Pistons/Indiana Pacers matchups were well worth the price of theater admission. The NBA may have scheduled for those two Eastern Conference combatants to play on a relatively anonymous Friday night on ESPN on Nov. 19 of that year, but it also decided to play the two in Indiana on Christmas afternoon in a nationally televised affair. The league certainly understood that the over/under on either game could have been listed at around 150 points, but it hardly mattered. These were championship contenders with a bit of history behind them, and the league rightfully wanted to take advantage. The season prior, a very young Indiana team finished with a league-best 61 wins. It met a still-developing Pistons squad in the Eastern Conference finals, a Detroit team peaking at the right time, and Indiana fell in six games. A year older and presumably better, with Reggie Miller playing in likely his final NBA campaign, the Pacers figured to be the favorites in 2004-05. Many of us selected them to win the franchise’s first NBA title once June swung back around. Sometimes the NBA schedules an expected conference finals rematch on a Friday night. Sometimes two evenly paired teams can still take part in a one-sided blowout. Sometimes, mindful of the anticipation that the two squads will play each other 10 times between November and May, two competitive coaches will leave the starters in way too long. Sometimes players will get angry during a blowout loss and resort to hard fouls. Sometimes petulance and a need for attention will result in an admitted heel playing to the crowd. Sometimes that crowd will have too much to drink. Sometimes a player will act like the rest of us when faced with the decision of what to do after having a drink thrown at us. Sometimes fans will project themselves as part of their favorite team, and needing to defend the players they came to watch. Sometimes teammates will try to literally fight another player’s battles for him. Sometimes it all gets mixed up in some embarrassing, regrettable and ultimately frightening mess. We’re well aware of the incident and it hardly needs much of a re-telling. Ben Wallace and Ron Artest should not have been on the court in the final seconds of Indiana’s 97-82 win, and Wallace nailed Artest with a needless hard foul. Artest, the NBA’s ultimate rude dude at the time, played to the crowd by lying on the scorer’s table during the ensuing mini-melee that followed. A dope in the crowd threw a drink at Artest, and Ron responded by charging the stands. Some of his teammates followed, and other Pistons fans decided to storm the court. Jermaine O’Neal used terrible boxing savvy by attempting a wild roundhouse right-hand punch on one would-be assailant. The Pacers eventually fled the court as Pistons fans showered them with beer, pop and whatever else they had purchased at the concession stands that night. That night’s ESPN studio crew later chided the Pistons fans far more than the players who charged the stands, which says a lot about our immediate reactions as to how evenly stupid this fight was. David Stern relied on his committee of one to levy severe penalties during a dour Sunday afternoon news conference later that long weekend. O’Neal was suspended for 25 games, a number that was later reduced to 15. Stephen Jackson was suspended for 30 games. Ron Artest was suspended for the rest of the season. Seven years later, Ron Artest would change his name to Metta World Peace. By even then, the brawl felt like it happened a decade ago. Today, we’re allowed to legitimize that feeling. Bad news tends to be buried on a Friday night. In the days before Twitter and texting, I and many others learned of what was happening over on ESPN via phone calls and AOL instant messages. While it would be wrong to classify this glorified bar brawl as a “tragedy,”one typically tends to make these sorts of things about themselves. As someone with the unique position of having moved to Indiana a few months earlier, not being a Pacers fan, working a part-time gig at Sports Illustrated’s website while still having to pay the bills as a bartender and deal with people unfamiliar with the ways of the NBA, I was in a bit of a unique position. That position meant hearing unending stories about the thugs and criminals that supposedly populated the NBA. Thugs and criminals those in the Hoosier state backed and defended to no end until Stern’s suspension ended Indiana’s championship hopes. The league, clearly, has come a long way since then. To the casual fan, the NBA was at a bit of a low point in November 2004. The Los Angeles Lakers were still two years removed from winning a title, and Shaquille O’Neal had been traded from the Lakers four months prior, but the seeming inevitability of a Laker championship every season dulled the senses of most fans still reeling from the departure of Michael Jordan. The game had slowed to an absolute crawl as coaches limited possessions and emphasized brutal defenses. Larry Brown was the king of the basketball world in 2004, and that wasn’t good for anyone but Larry Brown. Some frozen stuff began to crack soon after, though, and not because Stern got all haughty in midtown Manhattan on Nov. 21. The league began to emphasize hand-checking rules, and unlike the similar call it sent out in 1994, the referees meant it this time. Steve Nash paired with Mike D’Antoni and a debris-clean Amar’e Stoudemire to come out of nowhere to win a league-best 62 games. Brown’s Pistons and the ridiculous defense of the San Antonio Spurs would meet in one of the worst NBA Finals in league history to end 2004-05, but the league had already turned around. The same Spurs franchise that gloriously prevailed in 2014 looks nothing like the structured mercenaries that won in 2004-05, save for the cut of Gregg Popovich’s gib, and the length of Tim Duncan’s denim shorts. Larry Bird’s Pacers, unfortunately, never recovered. Bird refused to rebuild, rolling over bad deal into other bad deals (Artest turned into Peja Stojakovic, who turned into Al Harrington, who turned into an evening’s empire that returned into sand). The Pistons enjoyed a healthy run as the NBA’s top also-ran, making another Finals and then three more Eastern Conference finals after 2005 before breaking up. The NBA amped up security, limited beer and liquor sales toward the end of games and set a harsh precedent for attempting to pummel paying customers, but this is still just window dressing. We know it’s wrong to jump into the stands, but none of us know in the moment how we’ll react when provoked. The looming presence of another 73 games in an NBA season, plus playoffs, wouldn’t flash through any of our minds immediately when someone chucks a drink at us. It doesn’t matter how many times we tell tales of the "Malice at the Palace," because any spark can set a fire. This league and this game is a far more appealing product some 10 years on, but not because of any purported lessons learned from this brawl. Not because of the dress code that the NBA later implemented, and not because you can’t buy a beer during a TV timeout in the fourth quarter. Stupid fights are all too human, and just as long as the stands and courts are occupied by humans, there is always a chance that the inevitable occurs. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! 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Hornets-Pacers Preview

Coach Frank Vogel appreciated Lance Stephenson's enthusiasm and love for the game during his time with the Indiana Pacers. [read full article]

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NBA exception allows guard A.J. Price to stay with Pacers

Guard A.J. Price will stay with the Indiana Pacers another 10 days after the team was granted a second injury hardship relief exception by the NBA. [read full article]

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