Posts Tagged ‘Indiana Pacers’

Paul George shows off some awesome dunks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It hasn’t been a year since Paul George suffered a terrible leg injury during a USA Basketball scrimmage. After a long recovery period, George returned at the end of last season and managed to show he was on track toward a full recovery.

But this week, while on a tour of the Philippines for Nike, George threw down a couple of impressive dunks that looked like the pre-injury George. Great to see he’s on the way back…

#RiseBeyondBelief #PaulGeorge

A video posted by Carlo Valenzuela (@_carlovalenzuela) on

(via B/R)

Pacers to wear uniforms to honor Hoosiers

hillhickory

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The classic hoops movie “Hoosiers”, about Indiana’s fictional Hickory High School, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this season. And it was announced today that the Indiana Pacers will celebrate the anniversary by breaking out Hickory throwback uniforms for a few games this season. Via Pacers.com

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and the Indiana Pacers will bring one of the all-time great underdog stories, Hoosiers, to the NBA hardwood, celebrating the film’s 30th Anniversary.

For the 2015-16 season, the Pacers will introduce the Hickory uniform to be worn in select regular season games as part of the NBA Pride Collection. The Hickory uniform is a tribute to the rich tradition of basketball in the State of Indiana and will serve as inspiration to fans everywhere that no matter how improbable the challenge may be, amazing things can be accomplished through teamwork, determination, heart and hustle.

“Our team will be honored to wear the Hickory uniforms because of the attention it will bring to the storied history of Indiana basketball and the success of that movie,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “Hoosiers takes us all back to a special place and time.”

For more pictures of the uniform, click here.

No word on whether the Pacers will be able sign Jimmy Chitwood for their Hickory games.

2015 NBA Summer League Marathon

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7:02 a.m. ET — Here we go again. It’s that time of year when the stars are aligned, when the moon is in its proper season, and when, for one glorious day, we get a full day of live NBA action. That’s right, it’s the day when the Orlando Summer League and Las Vegas Summer League overlap, when we get almost 17 consecutive hours of live NBA action. Like we’ve done a few times in the past, I’ll be here live-blogging along all day. Well, almost all day.

First up! We get the final games of the Orlando Summer League, and the day’s action will build to something of a crescendo tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET with what should be a great primetime match-up of 2015 lottery picks, as D’Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers will take on Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Just for the heck of it, after that game we get an NBA Finals rematch, as the Cavs’ and Warriors’ summer league teams will square off at 10:30 PM ET.

So settle in, get your popcorn ready (or your oatmeal or cereal or whatever appropriate breakfast foods you prefer) and let’s watch some basketball! I’ll be checking in throughout the day, up until tonight, when my shift ends at 5 p.m. and I’m replaced by some fresh fingers here on the live blog to carry you through the evening hours.

Leading off the morning, we have the Clippers against the Thunder at 8 a.m. ET on NBA TV, in is the battle for fifth place in Orlando. You have questions? Comments? Thoughts? Drop them in the comments below and let’s talk. Either way, we’ve got a marathon ahead of us. Let’s watch some NBA Summer League action. See ya again here in about an hour or so …

7:28 a.m. ET — So what should you be watching for when Summer League play gets rolling in Las Vegas tonight? We’re glad you asked …
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Pacers center wins shrimp eating contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShayne Whittington spent his rookie NBA season between the Indiana Pacers and their D-League affiliate, the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, making it to the D-League finals. Now, in the summer, Whittington showed where he really excels, by competing in a shrimp eating contest during a celebrity softball game in Indianapolis. With Paul George at his side as his hype man, watch as Whittington goes to work on a shrimp cocktail…


VIDEO: Pacers shrimp

Paul George delivers green flag at Indy 500

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday was the annual running of the Indy 500, one of the most iconic automobile races in the world. And since it takes place in Indiana, who better to deliver the opening flag than Pacers forward Paul George. Here’s a video about George’s day. In my book, any event that includes race cars and helicopters is pretty awesome…


VIDEO: Paul George Indy 500

Paul George goes fishing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Indiana Pacers may have missed the postseason, but Paul George has found another way to fill his free time — he’s gone fishing. And he’s apparently really good at it. He went fishing a year ago when times got tough, and now he’s entering fishing competitions.

George posted this picture on Instagram yesterday…

According to the Washington Post

“George entered alongside his friend Jacob Wheeler, who together with George caught 20.17 pounds of fish, the biggest of which was a 5.49-pound big bass caught by George. “Successful night on my home lake,” Wheeler said on Instagram.

Throwback Thursday: Reggie Miller scores 8 points in 9 seconds


VIDEO: Reggie Miller scores 8 in 9 seconds

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Reggie Miller wills Pacers to victory

Reggie Miller ripped the collective heart out of New York Knicks fans 20 years ago today when he erupted for eight points in nine seconds to power the Indiana Pacers to a 107-105 win in Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals (here’s the box score from that game).

The sold out Madison Square Garden crowd was sure the hometown Knicks had a victory in hand as they led 105-99 with 18 seconds left. But Miller had other ideas as he sank a 3-pointer with 16.4 seconds left, stole the in-bounds pass and sank another three to tie the game with 13.2 seconds left, then grabbed a defensive rebound, drew a foul and sank two game-winning free throws to give Indiana the lead with 7.5 seconds remaining. Miller finished the game with 31 points and lifelong animosity from New York Knicks fans.

To honor this remarkable performance, this Throwback Thursday we look back at the Hall of Fame career of Reggie Miller.


Gallery: Reggie Miller’s Career

What are your favorite Reggie Miller memories? Leave your comments below!

Paul George helps family buy a wheelchair-accessible van

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Very cool story today out of Indiana. A few weeks ago, the Esterline family was surprised to find out someone had started a fundraising campaign to help the family afford a new wheelchair-accessible van, to make life a little bit easier for their 10-year-old daughter Daisy, who has cerebral palsy.

Then, a few days ago, the family was told that an anonymous donor would match all donations up to $6,000. Hoping to make sure they reached the $6,000 threshold, Daisy’s father tweeted at Paul George from the Pacers, who had met Daisy last year at a local children’s hospital.

Sure enough, on Sunday someone pledged $10,000 to the fund. That user’s name? Paul George. No fanfare, just a few clicks.

For more on the story, here’s a video from a local television station…


VIDEO: Paul George donation

(via EOB)

Lionel Messi meets Gheorghe Muresan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The best soccer player in the world right now is — arguably — Lionel Messi, the Argentinian dynamo who plays his club soccer for F.C. Barcelona. We’ve seen him share screen time with Kobe Bryant, so we know Messi has at least some familiarity with the NBA. So last night, with the Argentina National Team in Washington D.C. to play a friendly against El Salvador, Messi and his teammates took in the Washington Wizards versus Indiana Pacers game.

As Messi posted on Instagram, he had a pretty good seat…

Viendo basquet

A photo posted by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on

Also, here’s a long surveillance video of Messi (with Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez) sitting in the team’s luxury suite…


VIDEO: Messi NBA

And when you have an important person in the house, you better send Gheorghe Muresan to go and greet him…

Paul George’s jump shot looks good

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Over the last few months, we’ve seen a few videos of swingman Paul George as he gets closer and closer to returning to action for the Pacers. In fact, with the Pacers pushing for a playoff spot, some have wondered just how much a return from George could boost the Pacers. And while we don’t know exactly how his athleticism will be affected by the broken leg he suffered in the scrimmage with Team USA, in this video from Pacers.com, PG’s jumper looks pretty good — even when he’s literally off the court.


VIDEO: George for 3