Rubio the rookie was so much fun, wind in his hair as he surged up the court with teammates’ eyes wide open knowing full well a pass could be coming from any angle when they least expected it. Rubio the veteran has been hardened by the business side of the game. There is an edge to him now, one that will help him hold players accountable and speak his mind when something needs to be said. “Things have changed. Ten years change your life,” Rubio said. “I’m a different player, but I’m a different man, too.”
January 16, 2021 | 5:59 pm EST Update
Caris LeVert will be out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney during a physical prior to finalizing the four-team trade with Brooklyn, Houston and Cleveland. LeVert will undergo further medical tests and more details will follow as needed.
Caris LeVert: “On behalf of my family and myself, we want to thank the Indiana Pacers for their support and guidance. We are grateful for their extreme thoroughness during the physical process and I am looking forward to joining the team and being part of this great organization as soon as possible.”
Andrew Lopez: Stan Van Gundy says Nickeil Alexander-Walker sent SVG a text last night apologizing about being “dismissive” after he was coming out the game for his 5th foul. Stan says he doesn’t even remember getting any attitude. Says him being frustrated was just part of the game.
Will Guillory: Eric Bledsoe joked, “I didn’t think I was gonna make it” when asked how it was to deal with his eye issue. Said it unlike anything anything he experienced before. He still doesn’t look like he’s 100 percent comfortable yet.