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December 16, 2014 Updates

The Hornets signed Stephenson to a three-year, $27.4 million contract in July with expectations that he would be a core piece in their efforts to go deep into the playoffs. This season and next season – at a total value of $18 million – are guaranteed but the 2016-17 season is a team option. The Indiana Pacers – his first team – and Brooklyn Nets have both reportedly shown some interest. However, nothing is close, league sources say. Charlotte Observer

Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon said he would personally be fine with bringing back Lance Stephenson in a trade, however the judgment would be up to the front office. "I'd be OK with it but it's not up to me. Larry (Bird) has to decide if he fits," Simon told The Star prior to Monday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Indianapolis Star

Several deciding factors would determine the Pacers' interest in Stephenson, said Simon, and a huge consideration would be chemistry. "First of all, we don't know if they're really trading him, at least I don't know," Simon said about the Hornets. "I know they made some calls and we would have to (figure out) how he fits back into the team. Those are all basketball decisions and Larry and Kevin (Pritchard) are the best to answer that. "We have the best basketball minds in Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard and they're working on it every minute of every day. So, something will happen." Indianapolis Star

December 15, 2014 Updates
December 14, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets are targeting the Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets as destinations to unload guard Lance Stephenson, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Stephenson becomes eligible to be traded on Monday, and Charlotte has rapidly lost hope that its brief partnership with Stephenson can stand the test of time. Yahoo! Sports

Indiana hasn't ruled out the possibility of bringing back Stephenson, but appears unwilling to seriously engage the Hornets without the inclusion of a first-round pick in a potential deal, sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

On Dec. 1, Grantland's Zach Lowe reported that the Hornets "have been aggressive making trade calls" and "are willing to talk turkey on basically anyone other than" Jefferson and Walker. Clifford said recently that some of Stephenson's struggles to adjust to new surroundings in Charlotte stem from the fact that too much was expected after the 24-year-old spurned a five-year, $44 million from the Pacers to stay in Indiana to sign a shorter deal with the Hornets. ESPN.com

When Lakers (7-16) play the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-17) today at Target Center, Bryant will need to score only nine points to eclipse Jordan’s 32,292 career points for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Unsurprisingly, Bryant’s upcoming milestone has fueled the never-ending comparisons to Jordan, something that has followed Bryant throughout his 19-year career. But Young’s uneasiness to Jordan’s question provided a snapshot on how the current generation of NBA players idolize Bryant the same way the Lakers’ 36-year-old star admires Jordan. “It’s so hard to compare anyone to Michael, but I think it’s fair to say Kobe is the second coming of MJ,” said Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, who grew up watching Bryant while playing for Knight High in Palmdale. “Kobe has transcended the league the same way I felt Michael did.” Los Angeles Daily News

December 13, 2014 Updates
December 12, 2014 Updates

That's why Bill Smith, the former Broad Ripple coach who died at age 72 on Nov. 30, qualifies as one of the great ones. Forget all those winning records throughout his 23 seasons there. Forget, even, the state championship in 1980, when the Rockets pulled off the rare feat of an IPS school winning the title in the single-class system and he became the first black coach to lead an integrated team all the way. He should be remembered the way George Hill and Mike Woodson remember him. They were the greatest of his players, career bookends who went on to have successful NBA careers. Woodson played for Smith early in his coaching career, Hill at the very end of it. They don't remember him as a coach. He was much more than that to them. “He kind of made me who I am today,” Hill said. “He gave me the fire, he gave me the strength to believe in myself.” Said Woodson: “He came into my life at a certain time when I really needed somebody.” NBA.com

December 10, 2014 Updates
December 9, 2014 Updates

The Pacers now have their second five-game losing streak of the season, with no relief in sight from the schedule. Vogel already has tried six starting lineups, mostly because of the loss or return of injured players. Could another one be forthcoming? “You reconsider everything, every day,” he said. “I believe in the stability of rotation, but we're not going to overreact. We've been in a lot of these games that we've lost. It's a very tough stretch of our schedule. We're battling through a lot of different situations. Yes, we will consider it everyday, but it's unlikely to change now.” NBA.com

December 8, 2014 Updates

The Indiana Pacers say backup center Ian Mahinmi (yahn ma-HEEN'-mee) will be out six to eight weeks with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. The Pacers announced Sunday that Mahinmi sustained the injury in the first half of Friday's 102-101 overtime loss to Sacramento. USA Today Sports

The Indiana Pacers say backup center Ian Mahinmi (yahn ma-HEEN'-mee) will be out six to eight weeks with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. The Pacers announced Sunday that Mahinmi sustained the injury in the first half of Friday's 102-101 overtime loss to Sacramento. Bradenton.com

 

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