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December 14, 2014 Updates

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

December 7, 2014 Updates
December 5, 2014 Updates
December 4, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Procedural delay getting new Visa scuttled Indiana's recent plan to sign Mekel but no such issues expected when the Israeli joins next team. Time was always real issue blocking Mekel's deal w/Pacers despite erroneous reports. New Visa typically takes 72 HRS. And Indy couldn't wait Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

December 3, 2014 Updates
December 2, 2014 Updates

But the explosion of Twitter, Instagram, Vine and other social media has erased the buffer between players and fans. Now, many players often make their feelings known without the filter of their agents or teams, and live with the reaction. "I get 'Shut up and play basketball,' I get 'You're racist,' I've gotten everything," West said by phone Friday. "I try to answer some stuff, but I know some people aren't worth responding to. But I also get, some of the funnier ones I've gotten from Heat fans were like, 'I've wanted you to lose the last two years, but I love the fact that you have the courage to speak out.' I get tons of positive feedback. In part, that's why I do it. I know there are young people that are looking for leadership, different points of view, a different image." NBA.com

"I feel like it's important to be a part of the world," West said. "It's important to know what's going on in the world. If you have something to say, have the courage to say it. What's going on in Ferguson, what happened in Ferguson, it's not new for us. It's just the more, the further we delve into this social media, this 24-hour news cycle, things are just being shown and displayed that weren't shown and displayed in the past. It was very unsettling for me ... as a father who has a young son. He's a 70-pound five-year-old, so he's going to be a big boy. So it's very, very unsettling. And at some point, there's got to be a demand that we are looked at differently, that we are treated differently, and the demands have to start with ourselves. We've got to demand that we treat one another better, and then we can't allow other folks to treat us and dehumanize us the way they do." NBA.com

West says he has not been given any directive by the Pacers' front office to stop or curtail his social media commentary. "Never," he said. "At times, I do get, I have gotten, 'Be careful,' sort of indirectly. But not from anybody in the front office or anything. I try to be responsible and I try to come from a point of view where you can clearly understand what I'm trying to say. I'm not reckless. I'm not promoting anything. I don't use it for that. NBA.com

November 29, 2014 Updates
November 28, 2014 Updates

As for Price, he proved that he is a bona fide NBA point guard. When the Pacers called him, he was just days away from signing a contract to play in China. Now, he will undoubtedly have options. He could get a shot on another NBA team or he could opt to head overseas, but you have to think his list of suitors has gotten longer. NBA.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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