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April 9, 2014 Updates
April 8, 2014 Updates

Vogel floated the idea to rest his players during a team meeting the day after their 26-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs, sources told ESPN.com. The process started Monday when he cancelled practice and then gave the starters Tuesday off. Hibbert, who did not speak to the media, watched practice in street clothes. ESPN.com

Scott Agness: Vogel said PG and DWest, two guys that have played every game, came to him about rest. Vogel regrets not giving them more days off In March. Vogel on tomorrow: "Not everybody will play. We’ll pick our spots over the final four games to get the guys that need rest some rest." Vogel: "I think getting them some rest will make them fresher going into the playoffs. It’s not the answer, but I think it’s part of it." Twitter

Here he was in the 21st century, and West was learning that chain gangs were still very real, filled with men who looked like himself and his Hornets teammates. When he visited local juvenile detention centers, he met boys who were charged with felonies but should've been in the third grade. Those who weren't locked up might be attending parish elementary schools where the lunchroom has a dirt floor and the books in the library are 20 years out of date. "You go to certain parts of New Orleans and (if) you had a blindfold on and someone took the blindfold off, you would think you weren't in America," West said. "And I was having a difficult time getting paid a million or so dollars — and when I got into the NBA, I realized that I was on my own in feeling like that. "(I'm like), 'Yo! Nobody else sees that there's something wrong here?'" Indianapolis Star

West also recalled a time when a teammate passed by his seat on the plane and noticed that he was reading "Soul on Ice" by Eldridge Cleaver. "Man, you're always reading something crazy!" the teammate said, so West thought to himself that maybe he shouldn't break out his books in front of everyone. "I learned this my first couple of years: A locker room can be an uncomfortable environment," West said. "And in that environment, it was hard for me to find a balance. It was hard, literally, for me being a thinker; every single day my mind is just running. At times, I'm not focused on basketball." Indianapolis Star

"With all the money and the fame and the acclaim and the advancement that we claimed we made, we really (have) not made any big steps because Katrina was the biggest smack for me," West said. "It just illustrated how dependent we are as people on other people. The majority of the people affected by Hurricane Katrina were African-American people, and with all the celebrity that we have, all the money that we have, all of this fame and fortune, we're so disbanded that when our people are literally on TV in need of help, we got nothing to bring them. "Katrina really altered how I was going to look at (and) how I was going to approach this NBA thing." Indianapolis Star

"If you're living and you're not doing things for other people, then you're wasting your time. You're wasting your life," West said. "'Keep myself in reality,' is what I like to call it. I think a lot of times in the NBA, you can get caught in this lifestyle and what the NBA has to offer. It's an ego-driven, self-driven, I, me deal and we all have to have some of that in order to get here, but … you can't let that consume you and become a part of who you are. Indianapolis Star

April 7, 2014 Updates

"I got nothing to say," Hibbert told reporters after the team's seventh loss in its last nine games. ESPN.com

The rest of the Pacers said Hibbert's benching was the result of a poor matchup against Atlanta's Paul Millsap and Pero Antic. "I was surprised just because it's never happened," forward Paul George said about Hibbert's benching, "but it was just a tough matchup for Roy. To have a five-man who can stretch the floor, put the ball on the ground and shoot perimeter shots. It was just a tough cover because Roy's great at protecting the rim and being in the paint and Antic really had him on the perimeter the whole night." ESPN.com

April 3, 2014 Updates

After the Pacers game tonight, there are seven more remaining. “I’m not sure, I’m not sure,” Billups said when asked if he will return this season. “It’s going so fast. I’m not sure, we’ll see.” Detroit Free Press

April 2, 2014 Updates
April 1, 2014 Updates

Does he need to put a boot up somebody's rear? Clearly, he does. But that's not to say he hasn't read them the riot act already. We only see the public Vogel; we don't know that he hasn't grinded on them in private. Certainly, he had a long talk with his team after this game; he took an unusually long time to come out and address the media Monday night. "We've had plenty of players-only meetings,'' Hibbert said. "We've had plenty of sit-downs with the team and coaches, some with upper management listening in. Maybe we should all go to group therapy and have an airing of grievances.'' This team is spiraling, and you sense it's beginning to splinter. USA Today Sports

If you thought Indiana's win over Miami last Wednesday restored order among the Pacers, got them out of their latest post All-Star break funk, got them pointed back in the right direction, you had to wait only 48 hours before the Pacers marched into the wall again. "Some selfish dudes in here," Roy Hibbert muttered Friday night, after getting eight shots in the Pacers' loss to the Wizards. "Some selfish dudes. I'm tired of talking about it. We've been talking about it for a month." NBA.com

But the frustrations in the locker room are real. They stem from the belief that the Pacers have gotten away from being an inside-out power team last season into a perimeter-oriented team this season. "When I first got here, it was a perimeter team with [Mike] Dunleavy, Granger -- Danny, and Troy Murphy," Hibbert said. "Then, we got D-West. We were gonna be a power post team, wear guys out. But that's how things are in the NBA. Things change. It is what it is." NBA.com

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS
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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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