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March 5, 2015 Updates

The 74-year-old Walsh, back in Indiana as the team’s consultant to basketball operations, is remembered for clearing cap space, bringing in Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but leaving the Knicks’ cupboard bare. It wasn’t necessarily by his choice, as multiple sources said Walsh didn’t want to give up all those assets to Denver for Anthony in February 2011 but was encouraged by star-struck owner James Dolan. Walsh declined to sign a contract extension, leaving in 2011 after three seasons. “My feeling was we had to build a good team beyond the stars and so I never did that because I left,’’ said Walsh, sitting courtside at Bankers Life Field House. “That’s what will have to be done. Good players and great players. You can’t just get a couple of great players and say, ‘OK, we’re done now.’ ’’ New York Post

March 4, 2015 Updates

“It’s unfortunate,” coach Vogel said of Shaw’s firing. “It’s a tough business. He’s a hell of a basketball coach, a hell of a good man, and I’m sure he’ll land on his feet. I just know that he’s very strongly responsible for what we’ve built here, the impact that he had here in his two years. I’m sure he’ll land on his feet very soon.” Vigilant Sports

The athletics program at Georgetown University is getting a big upgrade, and Roy Hibbert is largely contributing to the project. The Pacers big man has donated $1 million to help fund the Thompson Athletics Center. Georgetown University is near and dear to the heart of Hibbert. He was born in Queens, New York, but his family moved to Maryland at a very young age. The 7-foot-2 center attended Georgetown Prep prior to playing four years for the Hoyas under John Thompson III at Georgetown. Vigilant Sports

March 3, 2015 Updates

Vogel is open to bringing Shaw back on staff, but says it’s not something he’s concerned with at the moment. “Not right now,” he answered. “We’ll talk about that in the offseason. I would love an opportunity to work with him again. I would always welcome that. Right now, we’ve got three great assistant coaches here.” Vigilant Sports

FanDuel has succeeded by giving its fans a short-term option: one-day fantasy sports. The Indiana Pacers are eying a longer-term commitment from the New York-based leader in the industry of daily fantasy sports – a lucrative sponsorship deal. The team said Monday it is in early talks with FanDuel and hopes to have a deal worked out by next season. But it could happen sooner. "We are in constant communication," said Todd Taylor, chief sales and marketing officer for Pacers Sports & Entertainment. "These deals sort of pop up sometimes. We would want to make sure we've crossed all of our t's and dotted our i's. But if they called us up tomorrow, we would want to move as quickly as possible." Indianapolis Star

March 2, 2015 Updates
March 1, 2015 Updates

A matchup with the rebuilding 76ers looks solid on paper, but Hibbert has been struggling since the All-Star break. He has failed to reach 20.00 FantasyScore points in four games, and he managed just eight points and seven rebounds against Philadelphia Feb. 20. HoopsHype

"We don't have any kids. We don't have guys that are knuckleheads or anything like that. We've got guys who are professional. We've got young guys who are trying to learn how to be professionals. We've got a good mix. When you have those components, that can get you through some tough times. We all like each other. And we've got a grown-man group, so that definitely helps." Bleacher Report

And, now, simply by staying alive, they're starting to see some of the breaks, as well as sprains and strains, even out, as Friday marked the fifth straight game the Pacers played a team missing its top scorer. The Cavaliers were missing their top two—LeBron James and Kyrie Irving—and dropped to 2-9 without James this season. "We still think in this locker room that we need to be in the playoffs, and we're still one of the top teams in the East," said Hill, who posted his first career triple-double Friday. "Even though our record doesn't speak for it, with all the injuries." Bleacher Report

Veteran forward Luis Scola said Friday that, prior to "clicking the past two or three weeks," he was concerned the team was experiencing some of the separation that Vogel spoke of. "We were falling apart, and nothing was working, and we continued to have people hurt," Scola said. "But at some point, people got healthy, and then we started playing well and then we started winning games, and we kind of clicked, and we feel a lot better right now." Bleacher Report



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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