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March 21, 2015 Updates
March 20, 2015 Updates

With the Indiana Pacers languishing in public perception and on the court in 2007, team co-owner Mel Simon approached his brother and co-owner Herb about selling the team, according to a lawsuit filed in Colorado. Bren Simon, Mel Simon's widow, is suing the Internal Revenue Service in U.S. District Court for return of $21 million that she paid in protest. She contends the IRS improperly interpreted money Mel received from an ownership reorganization of the Pacers in 2009 as a gift. Indianapolis Star

The Pacers' ownership reorganization, according to the lawsuit, came after Herb Simon wanted to retain ownership and Mel Simon grew tired of funding losses for a team "hemorrhaging cash." The lawsuit says the team's 2004 brawl at a game in Detroit, where players entered the stands to confront fans, started the franchise's financial troubles. It mentions subsequent player arrests as causing the team to become "a civic and family embarrassment." Indianapolis Star

March 19, 2015 Updates

This summer’s mini-camp will include another exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV, where George snapped his right leg against the bottom of the basket stanchion last Aug. 1. The stanchions at Thomas & Mack have since been replaced by ones that are further from the court. Though George has been practicing with the Indiana Pacers for three weeks, he has yet to decide if he’ll play this season. But he told NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner on Wednesday that his summer plans won’t change whether or not he plays between now and the end of the Pacers’ season. And when asked about the mini-camp, he was clear that he intends to be there. “I’m in,” George said. “Of course.” “The day it happened,” George added, referencing his injury, “right after, I told them I looked forward to continuing on with USA basketball.” NBA.com

Griffin was chosen for the 2012 Olympic team, but was a late scratch (replaced by Davis) due to a knee injury. A back issue forced him to pull out of consideration for the 2014 World Cup team. And with so much time between now and August, he couldn’t say that he’d definitely be in Las Vegas. Paul was similarly unsure. Attendance at this summer’s mini-camp isn’t necessarily mandatory for those who want to be considered for the Olympic team, but it is a measure of a player’s commitment to USA Basketball. “All of our players are invited,” Colangelo said. “By who attends and who might not attend, that in itself is saying something. Really, this is all up to the individual guy. Each player makes his own decision on how he figures into USA Basketball.” NBA.com

March 16, 2015 Updates
March 15, 2015 Updates

When asked if he thought he would play this season, George's eyes shifted down as he chewed on his lip and searched for an answer. Later, George acknowledged that he accepted the reality that a comeback might be delayed until the start of the 2015-16 season. "For sure, that's always been the plan. It would have been a miracle..." George said before catching himself and changing gears. "I wouldn't say a 'miracle,' but it definitely would have been ahead of schedule to come back and play this year. That was the dream. But for sure to be on schedule to start next year." Indianapolis Star

For several weeks, media and fan interest have surged on a potential George comeback — sometimes, even overshadowing the Pacers' team success since the start of February — but coach Frank Vogel has carried around a caution flag, waving it at any mention of a perceived timetable for his star player's return. "He's coming, he's developing. We're not going to get into good days and bad days," Vogel said Friday. "When he's ready, we'll let you know." Indianapolis Star

March 14, 2015 Updates

Here's Carlisle: "This is a story no one has ever heard, but the last time Larry played basketball was, I believe, the 2000 season. He and I and a couple of the older veteran guys on our team with Indiana took on four of the younger guys. Best 2-of-3, halfcourt game of 4 on 4. "Larry hit the game-winning shot in the third game to give us the win. And what we did" – Carlisle pauses and laughs at the recollection – "he fell on the floor in exultation, and we’re piling on him. It was great. "The young guys were just shaking their heads, like, 'look at these old fools.' "It was a vintage Bird shot, too. Step back, high arc, all net. The same stuff that he had that night [against] Atlanta." Boston Globe

March 13, 2015 Updates

A week ago, Paul George said he hoped to be the Indiana Pacers' missing piece. Friday, he said he didn't want to ruin the puzzle. Speaking to the media for just the third time since returning to practice, George was much more hesitant when talking about a potential return date than he had been previously. When asked directly, George paused, took a thoughtful breath, and said while he still wants to return, he doesn't want to risk jeopardizing the Pacers' recent strong play, which has seen the team win seven straight and 13 of their last 15. "I'm on the fence," George said. "Part of me is, they're playing so well, they've come together, to shake up the chemistry and add another body, another player in there... I don't want to be that guy that destroys what these guys have going." Indianapolis Star

Former Indiana Pacers center David Harrison, a little more than a decade removed from being a first-round pick in the NBA draft, has struggled to make a consistent living since his basketball career ended – to the point he said he took a job working at McDonald's two years ago. "I was embarrassed because of where I could be in life," Harrison told Yahoo Sports. "Everybody has to work and make a living somehow. I have two children. They don't care where I work. They just need to eat. "People were showing up trying to take my car. My house was in foreclosure. I didn't have any income. I just had everything going out. I have child support to one son. I have a really big family and I have to take care of them, even through I'm not playing in the NBA. I needed money." Yahoo! Sports

Harrison made $4.4 million before taxes during four seasons with Indiana and also played in China professionally for three seasons. He said almost all of that money is gone. Now 32 and without a college degree, Harrison said he's having a hard time finding a job. "An NBA career is a fragile thing," said Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who coached Harrison with the Pacers. "It tips on the slimmest of margins one way or the other. There are a lot of guys who get a taste of it. David had some pretty good years for us when I was there." Yahoo! Sports



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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