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March 13, 2015 Updates

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

Call him a minimum-salary player, too, but put an asterisk on that as well. Stuckey took a cut in pay to come to the Pacers to clear his name, and so far is doing a dramatic job of that. “A lot of people were questioning my character,” he said. “'Oh, he's not a good teammate.' This and that. That and this. I'm a great guy. I'm very humble, I come to work each and every day, do my business.” But someone with the Pistons tried to sully his reputation, he said. “It's just unfortunate,” he said. “I'm not going to say names, but I know who it was. It's just unfortunate for that person to throw me under the bus.” NBA.com

March 12, 2015 Updates
March 11, 2015 Updates

The defensive identity never shattered. The togetherness — such a ubiquitous presence during the fun, front- running times of last year — remained in tact. "I still think morale was high even when we were losing," reserve point guard Donald Sloan said. "Guys' heads were still up and maintaining and getting through it. "It's just a good group. I don't think if you had different combinations or different guys in here it would be the same." USA Today Sports

March 10, 2015 Updates
March 9, 2015 Updates

Things are suddenly setting up nicely for the Indiana Pacers after they had it rough for so long. But since nothing has come easily this season, they aren't counting on that changing now. "Honestly, we're not even thinking about Paul George right now," coach Frank Vogel said. "Hopefully he can make it back this year and get in some games, but how effective is he going to be having not played in a year? This is a serious injury. He still has a lot of hurdles to pass before he's even able to get back on the court. "So our whole approach has been that he's not going to play with us this year. Even right now, we're trying to become the best possible team we can without him and if he gets back, that's just going to be a bonus." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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