The NBA calendar consists of two seasons — the one in winter where you play games in pubic arenas that count and the one in the summer that is nearly as structured and demanding in which you where you grind in private gyms. The offseason is a misnomer, rendered moot by the natural evolution of players competing to get better. What the Pacers did a few weeks ago, however, pushed the envelope beyond anything that’s occurred in franchise history. Every player except Bojan Bogdanovic, who is playing for his national team in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers in Europe, flew to Miami to work at the request of Victor Oladipo, who has established his summer base in the city.
JH: With LeBron out of the East, has your mindset changed? What is your ultimate goal for next season? Giannis Antetokounmpo: The goal is still the same. Of course you have LeBron in the Western Conference. We still have great teams like Boston, Toronto, Philly, Indiana in the East. We just have to continue getting better every day as a team. We have a great team, we have a great coach, and hopefully we will have a great season and take another step forward this year.