Posts Tagged ‘Indiana Pacers’

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

It’s never sunny in Philadelphia

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a frigid winter the last few months here in the Northeast — snow, sleet, and frigid temperatures. I’m in New York City, and it’s been so rough that I’ve tried my best to stay indoors as much as possible, sitting here blogging in front of the heater.

But apparently there are some places where even being inside doesn’t help. The Philadelphia 76ers play in the Wells Fargo Center, and from the looks of things, it’s cold in that arena.

Last week, the Indiana Pacers had a shootaround in Philly where they were, apparently, freezing…

Then, last night, it was apparently cold enough that even while sitting on the bench, Toronto’s Patrick Patterson had to break out the gloves…

Someone needs to invite the Heat to town…

Here comes PG …


VIDEO: Paul George dunks

Don’t look now, but Paul George is clearly on his way back.

And if this new footage, which shows the current state of his recovery from a gruesome broken leg, means anything, the 2014 All-Star will not only be throwing down dunks like he did last summer in no time, but the Pacers will be getting back a crucial piece to their puzzle.

Here’s to PG-13. Salute. Keep it up. And hopefully we’ll see you shortly.

Meet the Pacers new pregame hosts, Paul George and George Hill

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The best people at being on TV and the ones who make it seem like they’re not on TV. Which is not an easy thing. Because you’re trying to remember to look into the camera, to say something interesting and insightful, to sit up straight, to smile, to listen to the producer talking into your ear, to not talk over the other people on the set…basically there are a million things happening at once and you’re just trying to survive.

So when Indiana’s Paul George and George Hill noticed that the set for the Pacers pregame show was unoccupied, they decided to sit down and give TV work a shot. And it’s a little rough, sure, but on the whole, not bad! Let’s hope they get their own show…


VIDEO: PG and GH TV

(via Vigilant Sports)

Ronnie Price whiffs on dunk attempt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Lakers/Pacers game featured a few odd moments, including a “fight” between Roy Hibbert and Carlos Boozer that was more shoving match than anything else. That battle resulted in Hibbert shooting free throws while Kobe Bryant reacted in the background…

The game ended with Hibbert attempting a game-winner that probably didn’t go as it was drawn up…

And if all that wasn’t enough, don’t miss Ronnie Price, who had a wide-open look at a dunk that got the Lakers bench on their feet…but ended up being a Shaqtin’ A Fool nominee…


VIDEO: Price Whiffs

Fans get (really) close look at Blazers blimp

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Attending an NBA game these days is a true spectacle — loud music, flashing lights, floor projection systems, and during timeouts, some teams use inflatable blimps to fly around indoors and drop gifts to the fans below.

Last night in Portland during the Blazers/Pacers game, an inflatable car blimp was deployed to soar over the stands…until things got a little out of control.

Throwback Thursday: Reggie Miller


VIDEO: Reggie’s Career Night

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 TBT topic: Reggie Miller

On November 28, 1992, Reggie Miller erupted for 57 points on 16-for-29 from the floor and 21-for-23 from the line to beat the Charlotte Hornets 134-122. This game occurred during Miller’s fifth season with the Indiana Pacers and proved to be his career-high point total (and it is still the Pacers’ team-high).

To honor Miller’s huge game, we look back at the career of the sharp-shooting Hall of Famer:

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Reggie Miller

What’s your favorite Reggie Miller moment? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or visit for NBA.com’s Throwback Thursday page.

Paul George got a new job

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While Paul George is out recovering from his broken leg, we’ve seen him pop up a few times. But in between rehabbing his leg and working out, what has he been doing to fill the time? Well, apparently he found a new job in the Pacers’ public relations department. Yesterday Pacers PR chief David Benner posted a photo of the credentials they made up for George — who don’t forget has taken to calling himself “Young Trece.” Funny stuff, and if George works hard enough, George may one day get his photo posted in the press room like my colleague Sekou Smith.

Catching up with Paul George

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the biggest disappointments this summer was Paul George‘s injury while playing for USA Basketball. The Pacers had made such strides the last few seasons, it seemed as though they were right on the verge for contending for a title this season. And with one bad landing, everything changed.

The good news is that Paul George seems to be recovering well. In this new video from Pacers.com, George talks about a variety of topics, including his recovery from injury, switching to number 13, having two middle names, his favorite video games and his love of soccer.


VIDEO: PG13