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September 21, 2012 Updates

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. “People wonder, ‘How did you end up with David Kahn?’ ’’ Taylor says. “Well, I knew I had to let Kevin [McHale] go. We had to watch the money. Kevin was not a money-watcher, not that kind of a detail guy. To replace Kevin, we talked to a lot of people, and some were basketball guys and some were money guys, like David, who understood budgets and the salary situation [of players]. It seemed like whichever way we went there was going to be some risk. “The person who convinced me about Kahn was [former New York Knicks President and General Manager and current Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations] Donnie Walsh, who was David’s mentor in Indiana and a guy I really like and respect. Donnie told me, ‘I’d take a risk on him. He’s very smart. He doesn’t know all the basketball stuff, but he’ll know how to run your team.’ “So I hired David, and David went out and selected Kurt. I can’t really fault him. We wrote down what we wanted and he looked like that kind of guy: Somebody younger, who could build a team, who came from a winning program. But it ended up that Kurt and David didn’t get along very well, and Kurt didn’t do what he said he would do, which was to be flexible. He wanted to run his [triangle offensive] system even though coaches were telling me he didn’t have the right players to run it.” TCB Mag

September 6, 2012 Updates

Walsh returned for his second stint with the organization, replacing Bird as president, in June. Bird is taking at least the next year off. The 71-year-old Walsh hasn't put a timetable on how long he will remain in his current capacity. "I'm always interested," Simon said. "Reggie would be a wonderful person to have in this franchise." Indianapolis Star

September 4, 2012 Updates

What's next in Miller's story? He enjoys his TNT TV gig but didn't rule out a front-office job with an NBA team. However, it might be tough to pull Miller from his native California. Talking on the phone from his home in Malibu, Miller said, "To the left, I'm looking at the Pacific Ocean. To the right, I've got the canyons where I mountain bike." The one who could possibly convince Miller to join an NBA team? Donnie Walsh, who returned to the Pacers as president this summer after Larry Bird resigned. Walsh could not be reached for comment. "I have an affinity for my Indiana Pacers," Miller said. "This will be a part of my speech. During my 18 years, I only had one general manager-president in Donnie Walsh. … Now that he's back in control with the Pacers, I'm very excited about that." USA Today

August 29, 2012 Updates

Peter Dinwiddie has been promoted by the Indiana Pacers to Vice President of Basketball Operations. Dinwiddie will assist Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Kevin Pritchard and Pacers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh in various capacities, including compliance with the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, assisting in player contract negotiations, salary cap management and compliance with NBA player personnel rules. He is an Indianapolis native who attended Indiana University and has a degree from the New England School of Law. RealGM

The Pacers – obviously – didn’t go and spend big bucks on free agents around the league. They believe they can close the gap with the Heat by keeping their core players (re-signing restricted free agents Roy Hibbert and George Hill) together. They’re going with that mind frame until proven it can’t work. That’s why they got together for workouts last week in Los Angeles. About eight players, the entire coaching staff and the training staff were out there. More players would have shown up if not for prior commitments. “That’s a sign of a team that wants to improve,” president Donnie Walsh said. Indianapolis Star

July 24, 2012 Updates

Was there any hesitation in coming back? Donnie Walsh: "No, not at all. The minute Herb asked me, I told him I'll come back. We didn't discuss terms or anything like that. We'll always have a handshake agreement. I had to talk to Larry first. He told me he was going to go away for a year. I told him, 'I'll be here, and whenever you want to come back, you come back.' I want him to come back." Indianapolis Star

Most front office people bring in their own personnel. But it was pretty obvious that general manager Kevin Pritchard would be elevated in the front office. How much did you know about him before this? Donnie Walsh: "I had dinner with Kevin when I first came back. I really didn't know him when I came in. Larry had already recommended him to Herb, (former general manager) David Morway was already gone, so when I walked in here, I knew he was going to be here. I've really enjoyed working with him. He's exactly the kind of guy I want to work with. I still make some calls, but he's really good at working the phones. I think sharing ideas -- he's been a general manager before -- is great. The way I see myself doing the job now, he's a perfect fit for me. I've got confidence in him. He's somebody I really enjoy talking about basketball with him." Indianapolis Star

July 23, 2012 Updates

Was there any hesitation in coming back? Donnie Walsh: "No, not at all. The minute Herb asked me, I told him I'll come back. We didn't discuss terms or anything like that. We'll always have a handshake agreement. I had to talk to Larry first. He told me he was going to go away for a year. I told him, 'I'll be here, and whenever you want to come back, you come back.' I want him to come back." Indianapolis Star

Donnie Walsh: "We're going to spend the rest of the summer looking to see if there's anything else we can do. The reason is, you have to look at the other teams. I think New York is going to be better. Miami is going to be better. Miami ended up developing into a team. That's why they won the title last season. Brooklyn is going to be better. We have to go up a level. This team has taken a step each of the past two years. This team is together. They are really committed to trying to become a contending team. Indianapolis Star

June 27, 2012 Updates
June 26, 2012 Updates

The Indiana Pacers have announced that David Morway has resigned as general manager. “For the past year I have carefully and thoughtfully considered my personal, family and professional goals,” Morway said in a statement released by the team. “After discussing all of these issues with our owner Herb Simon and (president) Larry (Bird), I believe this is the right time to step away. “I want to thank Mr. Simon, Larry, (former team president) Donnie Walsh and (president) Jim Morris for the opportunity they gave me and the friendship and mentorship they provided.” Indianapolis Star

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