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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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Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Miles push Pacers past Lakers (Automated Insights)

Rodney Stuckey put up 20 points and added 10 rebounds and seven assists in an impressive all-around performance to lead the Indiana Pacers to a blowout victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 110-91. Indiana (8-17) has won just two of their last 10 games. [read full article]

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Official Lakers Twitter tries to put positive spin on worst half ever (Ball Don't Lie)

The 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers are not very good, but for the first two months of the season the franchise and its fans could at least look forward to the iconic Kobe Bryant's pursuit of several major milestones and records. However, after Sunday's passing of Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list, Kobe doesn't have any more marks in his imminent future. In other words, the Lakers are going to have to find other sources of positivity as the team slouches its way towards the lottery. Their first effort did not go very well. Monday's road game against the Indiana Pacers went very poorly, with the Lakers shooting a paltry 16.3 percent from the field on their way to a 60-27 halftime deficit, the franchise's worst first half since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. It would seem very difficult to find any silver lining to such a mess, but the team's official Twitter account did its best: Young outhustles the defense for a fast-break layup, but the Lakers still trail big, 35-17. —Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 16, 2014 Nick Young has a team-high seven points, but not much else is going well, as the Lakers trail, 56-17, with 5:58 left in the half. —Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 16, 2014 The second one could be the greatest tweet in the medium's history. There's just so much here —the idea that scoring seven points in the opening 18 minutes is especially impressive, the underplayed admission of failure, etc. It's as if someone turned this classic "The Simpsons" moment into pure Twitter joy: When the half finally ended, our fearless social media manager made the mistake of thinking that highlighting a strong close would provide some hope heading into the final 24 minutes. Instead, it just served to emphasize how much the Lakers had failed: Back-to-back threes to end the half, but the Lakers still trail Indiana, 60-27. pic.twitter.com/GVj0TeYjD8 —Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 16, 2014 The Lakers performed significantly better in the second half and ended up with a 110-91 loss to the Pacers, a sorry but not historically terrible showing. As things improved, though, the official Twitter account happened upon arguably the greatest image for this season's Lakers: The Mamba is steaming as he throws down a baseline jam. Pacers up, 81-58, with 1:35 remaining in the third. —Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 16, 2014 They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but these 107 characters do the trick just fine. What else do you need to talk about this team? There's a generationally excellent player doing something impressive in isolation, with his trademark intensity, despite his team losing by 23 points in the second half. A photo would need the score and time remaining in the background to communicate the same. Remember when I said fans might need to search long and far for a reason to enjoy this team? Based on Monday's performance, I think we have found that necessary silver lining for the rest of the Lakers' season. Their official Twitter account is a must-follow. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at efreeman_ysports@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric [read full article]

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Pacers trounce Bryant's listless Lakers (AFP)

It didn't take long for the Los Angeles Lakers to come down from their high of watching Kobe Bryant pass Michael Jordan for third place on the all-time NBA scoring list. Just 24 hours after Bryant hit a pair of free throws against Minnesota to pass Jordan, the Indiana Pacers compiled a 33 point halftime lead en route to a 110-91 thrashing of Los Angeles on Monday night. "We were just embarrassed with the way we played in the first half," said Lakers coach Byron Scott. The Lakers trailed 60-27 at the half as Bryant shot three-for-13 and the bench was two-for-19. [read full article]

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Stuckey leads Pacers over Lakers 110-91 (Yahoo Sports)

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Portland finishes off Indiana for 95-85 win (Yahoo Sports)

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