Posts Tagged ‘Indiana Pacers’

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

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.