Posts Tagged ‘Indiana Pacers’

Will Paul George wear number 13 next season?

Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game 6

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Jersey numbers, while mostly trivial, can hold much meaning for the athletes who wear them. I know NBA players who have their jersey numbers incorporated into everything from their Twitter handles to their email address to their phone numbers.

Pacers guard Paul George has worn number 24 throughout his NBA career, but via a series of tweets, George hints that he may be switching to number 13…

As the Indy Star points out, “trece” is Spanish for 13. This would allow George to be known as PG-13, which I guess is a catchy nickname if you’re into movie ratings. Also, 13 was the number worn by Mark Jackson when he played in Indiana, so I guess that isn’t being retired anytime soon.

What do you think? Should Paul George change his number? Or was 24 working well as it was?

(via Indy Star)

NBA players in Pro-Am leagues roundup

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA recently kicked off its Orlando Summer League, a training ground for players trying to prove they deserve a roster spot in the NBA. Meanwhile, some of the NBA’s more proven players spend the summer playing in various pro-am leagues around the country, getting in some work in a setting a little less structured than summer league, but often with just as much talent. Let’s check in on a few NBA players…

Brandon Jennings showed out at LA’s Drew League with a 57-point, 6-rebound, 5-assist performance.

• Also at the Drew League, Paul George did this.

Jabari Parker will be in Vegas with the Bucks’ summer league team, but before he left, he stopped by his hometown Chi League in Chicago to put up 20 and 10 in a game against NBA players such as Will Bynum and Draymond Green. (Video here)

Tony Wroten scored 53 points in the famed Seattle Pro-Am.

Jamal Crawford made scoring 30 look easy in the Seattle Pro-Am.


VIDEO: Crawford scores 30

(via BIL)

The Pacers take Lance Stephenson to the movies

Indiana Pacers v Washington Wizards: Game Six

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the clock struck midnight last night on the East Coast, NBA free agency kicked off. For many teams, at least at that initial moment, this means putting in a call to a player’s agent to register some level of interest.

But the Indiana Pacers were apparently not messing around. With their do-everything swingman Lance Stephenson hitting free agency, the Pacers decided to go all out and let him know how important keeping him is to their future plans. So, according to the Indy Star, the Pacers rented out a movie theater. Really.

Sometime shortly after midnight Tuesday, Lance Stephenson will be seated with his family and friends in a movie theater. The lights will go down and the ‘Born Ready’ life story will flash before Stephenson’s eyes on the big screen.

Inside the entertainment complex based in suburban Indianapolis, the Pacers’ commitment begins in earnest where a private party will be held and a love letter set to moving pictures will play with the hopes of keeping Stephenson. The movie will feature moments from when Stephenson arrived in Indiana to the point he is now, a potential Eastern Conference All-Star and a key figure in a core that can compete for a title. After midnight, however, the real picture of Stephenson’s future will take shape.

Will it be enough to keep Born Ready in Indianapolis? That remains to be seen…

No. 8 – From Draft to ’84 Olympics

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Names: Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Leon Wood, Jeff Turner and Vern Fleming

Colleges: North Carolina (Jordan and Perkins), Arkansas (Robertson), Cal State Fullerton (Wood), Vanderbilt (Turner), Georgia (Fleming)

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 4th overall by Dallas Mavericks (Perkins), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 10th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Wood), 17th overall by New Jersey Nets (Turner), 18th overall by Indiana Pacers (Fleming)

Draft fact: Eight days after the 1984 Draft, first-rounders Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Leon Wood, Jeff Turner and Vern Fleming were named to the U.S. Olympic team. That team would go on to beat Spain in the gold medal game in Los Angeles.

We’re just eight hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 15 – Stansbury a Dunk Contest regular

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Terence Stansbury

Terence Stansbury was used to the Dunk Contest stage.

Name: Terence Stansbury

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 170 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 27, 1961

College: Temple

Drafted in 1984: 15th overall by Dallas Mavericks

Draft fact: Terence Stansbury, who was the 15th player selected at the 1984 Draft, finished third in three consecutive NBA Slam Dunk Contests.


VIDEO: Terence Stansbury put on a show during the 1987 Dunk Contest

We’re just 15 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 52 — Fleming quite the winner

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Vern Fleming

With Vern Fleming in tow, the Pacers won often.

Name: Vern Fleming

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 185 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 4, 1962

College: Georgia

Drafted in 1984: 18th overall by Indiana Pacers

Draft fact: Vern Fleming, the 18th pick in the 1984 Draft, played 12 seasons in the NBA – 11 of those with the Pacers. He is credited with 52.0 win shares, an advanced metric used to calculate individual contributions to victories.

We’re just 52 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 57 – Carlisle shines as NBA coach

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Rick Carlisle

Rick Carlisle led the Mavs to the 2011 championship.

Name: Rick Carlisle

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

Birthday: Oct. 27, 1959

College: Virginia

Drafted in 1984: 70th overall (No. 23 in third round) by Boston Celtics

Draft fact: Rick Carlisle, the 70th player selected in the 1984 Draft, has enjoyed a successful NBA coaching career. During the 2010-11 season, Carlisle led the Dallas Mavericks to a 57-win regular season en route to Dallas collecting its first NBA championship. He has 569 wins as an NBA coach and was Coach of the Year in 2001-02 with the Detroit Pistons.


VIDEO: Rick Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks lock up the 2011 championship

We’re just 57 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 65 — Fleming makes early impact

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Vern Fleming

Vern Fleming was a regular starter in his first season.

Name: Vern Fleming

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 185 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 4, 1962

College: Georgia

Drafted in 1984: 18th overall by Indiana Pacers

Draft fact: Vern Fleming, the 18th pick in the 1984 Draft, started 65 games for the Pacers as a rookie. Fleming played 11 of his 12 seasons in Indiana and is third all-time in team history in games played (816) and minutes played (22,974).

We’re just 65 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 71 — Jackson gets in the game

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of The84Drafton NBA TV.

Name: Ralph A. Jackson, III

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-2, 190 pounds

Birthday: Oct. 26, 1962

College: UCLA

Drafted in 1984: 71st overall (No. 1 in fourth round) by Indiana Pacers

Draft fact: Ralph A. Jackson III was selected by Indiana with the 71st pick of the 1984 Draft and played in one NBA game in his career, recording two points, four assists and two steals.

We’re just 71 hours away fromThe84Draft on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

The Lance Stephenson trolling continues

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It was nearly a week ago now that Indiana’s Lance Stephenson made a name for himself as one of the NBA’s best agitators. And even though several days have past, the world can’t stop having fun with Lance’s antics.

Earlier today, the Atlanta Hawks wished a happy birthday to Al Horford, and used a photoshopped version of Lance to help Al extinguish the candle (the tweet has since been pulled) …

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Meanwhile, last night the WWE rolled into Indianapolis, and in order to properly get the local fans riled up, WWE superstar Damian Sandow did his best Lance impression…at least until The Big Show showed up…


VIDEO: WWE on Lance