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Going into playoffs, seems like Brad Stevens is coaching Butler all over again. But he has to win a series, not one game.
NBA says replay center reduced review time by more than 50% to an average of 42.1 seconds. 2,162 total reviews; 81% of calls upheld.
Former Pacer Fred Hoiberg (1995-99) underwent open heart surgery today at the Mayo Clinic to replace his aortic valve.
Larry Bird needs to be on Twitter.
Like Larry Bird, I always enjoy listening to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Provides what he can, is honest and open to having a conversation
"...but there’s a possibility that Roy’s role will be diminished, if we’re trying to play faster and trying to play smaller." -- Vogel
"Yeah, potentially. We’ll have to see how it all plays out and what the roster ultimately looks like...
Vogel also said Paul George had an MRI that revealed initial prognosis of calf strain. No timetable on recovery. But it's not serious.
Vogel did not provide an update on Chris Copeland, but he was in for an exit interview. NYC incident was 10 days ago.
Personal opinion: forget Scola's age. He's playing like a 30-year-old, and probably will continue to do so for a few more years at least.
On his assistant coaching staff, Vogel believes all three will return for next season. Which means more Dan Burke Halftime Truth Bombs!
Paul George did have an MRI and it revealed just what they thought: a left calf strain. Not a serious injury.
"I'd expect him to opt in, he's got a good deal… it'll be speculative for me to make a guess like that." Vogel on Roy Hibbert.
Vogel's "gut" is telling him that David West will opt in. What does Vogel's gut tell him about Roy's plans? "Yeah, I really don't know."
Offenses Vogel referenced when talking about smaller, uptempo teams: Spurs, Warriors, Hawks, Celtics.
Vogel on moving forward and preserving PFs: "We have to be mindful of David and Luis's age."
If Rodney Stuckey returns, Vogel still envisions him coming off the back. And that's what Rodney wants, actually. Told me same thing last wk
Vogel said he believes another summer of rehab will take Paul George to 100 percent. "(Doctors) believe he'll be back to full strength."
Vogel's assessment on Roy Hibbert's season: "He's got to work on his craft, like all of us do. And he'll do that."
Frank Vogel on the effects of playing smaller, faster: "There’s a possibility that Roy’s role will be diminished.”
Does new scheme mean Roy Hibbert will be benched, Vogel said: "Possibly." "Roy's role will be diminished." There it is again.
Vogel on playing smaller/faster: "I'm excited about it."
"We're disappointed we didn't make the playoffs, I thought we had enough to make it, especially in the East." -Vogel
Well, next season's offense should be pretty entertaining to watch. PG at the 4 reminds me of the 2012-13 Knicks with Melo at the 4.
Surprised to hear Bird wants to bring back Luis Scola, who turns 35 at end of month, and wants to play him more w/ West, who turns 35 in Aug
Bird on CJ Watson, “I don’t think I’ll bring him back.” Injuries a big reason why… Just hasn’t been healthy.
Bird does not think he'll bring back C.J. Watson.
Bird on the draft: Basically said team has needs in every position. He does believe Shayne Whittington will be rotational player in future
Larry Bird on the Pacers draft: “If we keep the pick, I think I’ll take the best player available.”
Bird on G Hill's year: "I thought it was great." First rave review for a player in his presser. "If you work hard, you're gonna get better."
Can you be a title contender? "It depends on Paul George. I think we can be one of the best teams in the east." -Bird
When asked if they can be a title contender next season, Bird says it depends on PG. “And, you got to be lucky to make it to the finals."
Bird feels 1st round pick will be good enough to come in and help the team next year.
Bird said he and Vogel only recently spoke about playing faster (to score 3 or 4 points per game). Didn't discuss it with Roy in exit int
Bird with a classic line on Hibbert’s struggles: “Well, I don’t think Lance is stealing his rebounds."
Bird wants to re-sign Stuckey. “I think we can get Rodney done. I think it’s important … We need guys like Rodney. He was a major plus."
Bird: "I think we can get Rodney done and I think it's important" for Rodney Stuckey to come back. "We need guys like Rodney."
Bird says they’re not set in stone with the pick, say’s they’ll listen to offers … of course.
Bird talked about how well the second unit moved the ball and how it contributed to them being the best scoring bench in the league.
Bird hopes Luis Scola returns. “I hope so,” he said. “But you never know.”
Interesting. Bird said some guys told him in his exit interviews that they didn’t care how much they got paid … they wanted to be here.
Bird says the genesis of the idea to play faster was when a fan sitting behind him said "Boy I wish they pushed the ball more." Larry agreed
Bird on Hibbert’s year: “I didn’t think he played that well, to be honest."
When asked about Roy Hibbert and David West’s player options, Bird said “I have no clue.” Bird assuming both will be back.
Bird said he had "no clue" on whether Roy Hibbert and David West will opt in. Didn't ask in exit meetings but David spoke about "next year"
One thing they’d like to do is trim David West’s minutes down. Also, “I would like to see Paul George play some 4,” Bird said.
Interesting, Bird says team wants to play smaller at times, even considering playing PG at the 4 at times.
Bird says they’d like to play faster next year, score more points and, at times, play a little bit smaller.
Larry Bird says PG just experiencing some soreness from the calf, "Mentally it was a good start for him," he says of the comeback.
Bird on Paul George's 6-game comeback: "He's got a tough road ahead of him… hopefully when he comes back he'll be close to 100%."
Larry Bird says Paul George was in yesterday, was sore. “I think mentally it was a good start for him."
Currently waiting on Larry Bird and Frank Vogel for their final presser of the 2014-15 season.
Watching 30 for 30 short reminds me one is to be done on Pacers telethon. I was called a few months ago to provide names of interviewees.
The 6-3 Gardner led Kansas in scoring, rebounding, blocks and field-goal percentage this season. Was a first-team all-Big 12 choice.
The Indiana Fever make their selection in the 2015 draft: Chelsea Gardner, a 6-3 forward and double-double machine.
Jewell Loyd from Notre Dame gets picked #1 overall in this year's WNBA Draft. She nice.
I'm on WNBA and @indianafever draft duty tonight. Our local team has just one pick and it's No. 21 overall. Not a ton of drama this year.
With that in mind, let me put my journalistic objectivity aside for a minute just to yell: LET'S GO BLUES!!! Make this the year for the Cup.
I love the NCAA tournament, but the Stanley Cup playoffs remain my favorite event. The tension is almost unbearable.
NBA and NBPA has agreed to HGH testing under the league’s anti-drug program.