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March 16, 2015 Updates
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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

Harrison said he smoked marijuana in the offseason during his first three seasons, but not during the season. Frustrated with his role under O'Brien and his lack of playing time, Harrison said he smoked weed daily – including before and after practices – during the 2007-08 season. He was suspended five games that season for violating the league's anti-drug policy because of his marijuana use. "It wasn't healthy," Harrison said. "I literally had to smoke pot every day so I would not hurt him. I would avoid him. I'd come in early and stay late. It wasn't like he hit me; he verbally abused me. But what coach doesn't?" Yahoo! Sports

O'Brien strongly disagreed with Harrison's characterization that he was abusive. "Let's just say he had a lot bottled up inside of him before we ever crossed paths," O'Brien said. "He was as good of an athlete as you were going to find at center, but he just could not get the job done. There was no way of beating around the bush. "I sat with him a lot. [Pacers president] Larry Bird sat with him a lot to see if there was anything to get him to utilize his talents. He just was not a very functional NBA player." Yahoo! Sports

Harrison said he is 16 credit hours from a college degree at Colorado, but can't afford to go back to school to finish. He has had a preliminary conversation with Colorado's men's basketball program about a graduate assistant opportunity, but nothing is brewing. When asked how he's making ends meet now, Harrison said: "I trade stocks. I invested in a few smaller companies that I've been able to liquidate out of. I've literally burned through about 95 percent of my savings. I applied for a job at Edward Jones. That didn't work out." Yahoo! Sports

Stuckey's recent play has fans wondering and worrying if the Pacers will be able to keep him beyond this season. He says not to worry. “I want to be here,” he said. “When that time comes, we'll definitely figure something out.” Coach Frank Vogel is on board with that, saying before the game the plan all along has been to make Stuckey a more permanent fixture of the team. NBA.com

“I love it here, man,” he said. “I'm staying in the city, close to everything. I love it here. My family loves it here. I love the people in this organization. Definitely, I want to come back. That's a no-brainer. Having a guy like Paul George here, of course I want to come play with an All-Star. Who doesn't? Definitely want to be back here.” NBA.com

 

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