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May 31, 2014 Updates

“I’m going to f— you up,” Haslem clearly said, followed by either “That’s real” or “I swear,” depending on your current level of lip-reading skills. Haslem didn’t play at all in the first half, but he may get some run in garbage time if the game remains this out of hand. It’s unlikely he does anything that would earn him a suspension that would carry over into the Finals, but the threat is real, and Stephenson likely knows it. NBCSports.com

NBA coaching sources continue to say that Vogel, as ESPN.com reported during Indiana's first-round struggle with the Hawks, was indeed coaching for his job in that series when the Pacers were unexpectedly stretched to seven games. It's widely presumed that a second-round exit to the Wizards would have led to the same unhappy outcome. Now? The situation isn't as clear. The Pacers have been engulfed in turmoil for months and still found a way to reach the NBA's Final Four. But the bigger boost to Vogel's quest to stay is the fact that Indiana has obviously revealed itself since the All-Star break to have a number of issues. ESPN.com

The whispers have already started in Indy about Bird turning to his old point guard, Mark Jackson, to take over. Jackson and Reggie Miller were the leaders when Bird was the Pacers' coach ... and Bird isn't the only big fan in the organization of the man Golden State just ousted. Fellow Pacers exec Donnie Walsh is another huge admirer who has long maintained privately that he wouldn't consider Jackson for the Indy job unless he had coached somewhere else first. ESPN.com

May 30, 2014 Updates

Former West Virginia standout Kevin Jones will play with the Indiana Pacers in the Orlando Summer League beginning in July. He will begin practicing with the Pacers June 29. Indiana trails the Miami Heat 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals entering Friday night’s Game 6 in Miami. “It’s a great opportunity for me because I definitely feel like it’s a team I can fit in with,” the Mount Vernon, N.Y., native told SNY.tv. Thursday at the Frankie Williams Charity Classic. “But take it one step at a time and try to play great during summer league and hopefully get a training camp offer.” ZagsBlog.com

The league’s revenue-sharing system will soon ensure that every team makes a profit, or at least comes close. The Bobcats got $20 million from it last season, and they’ll get about that much again this season. The Pacers and Grizzlies snagged about $15 million apiece, according to several league sources, and even big-market teams such as Atlanta and Washington got some extra scratch. Only a short time ago, owning an NBA team was not a hugely profitable business. Owners used the losses as a tax benefit, knowing they’d reap the gain someday by selling the team outright. They just enjoyed the spotlight. Grantland

Stephenson was caught by television cameras blowing into the ear of Heat star LeBron James. That led to a conversation between Stephenson and Bird. "He said, 'Don't do it again,'" Stephenson said Friday, recalling his talk with Bird. "So I'm not going to do it again." USA Today Sports

“[Lance] is a big part of the reason why we’ve had some success and why we’re back in the Eastern Conference Finals,” West said. “There have been games and periods through the year where he’s carried us. He’s had monster games where he’s been the only guy going. There’s been times when he was the guy scoring, the guy assisting and the guy rebounding and he’s a very, very important piece and a part of what we do.” Basketball Insiders

May 29, 2014 Updates

Steve Kyler: What makes the Lance Stephenson blowing in LeBron's ear thing even funnier... is Lance does crap like this to everyone. During Pre-Draft training in Vegas, there were many times that Lance had to be separated from guys, or guys chased him into the parking lot Twitter @stevekylerNBA

In the locker room after the game, George wasn't watching the highlights of his two 3-pointers in the final two minutes that gave the Pacers their winning margin -- he was watching the slow-motion replays of Stephenson's latest maneuver aimed to annoy James. "I hope his breath wasn't too bad for LeBron," George said. "I blew in my wife's ear before," James said. "That was definitely a defensive tactic." ESPN.com



Three of the top four players are from the team's ABA era. All but the dead-eye shooter at No. 1.


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