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    Official Site of the Pacers: 10 Most Memorable Openers in Franchise History

    Sometimes they're an indication of what's to come, a first page that gives away the plot. Sometimes they leave a false impression, turning out to be a one-of-82 sliver that misrepresents the whole.

    NBA season-openers, such as the one the Pacers have with Opening Night presented by Kroger on Oct. 23 against Detroit, can go either way. But they do have an outsized aura about them. Even most of the bad teams take optimism into the start of the season, and the anticipation that builds from the summer vacation and training camp magnifies the outcome. A good result casts a positive glow, for a while at least, and a bad one can create instant doubt.

    Sometimes they're an indication of what's to come, a first page that gives away the plot. Sometimes they leave a false impression, turning out to be a one-of-82 sliver that misrepresents the whole.

    NBA season-openers, such as the one the Pacers have with Opening Night presented by Kroger on Oct. 23 against Detroit, can go either way. But they do have an outsized aura about them. Even most of the bad teams take optimism into the start of the season, and the anticipation that builds from the summer vacation and training camp magnifies the outcome. A good result casts a positive glow, for a while at least, and a bad one can create instant doubt.

  • @Pacers • 2d

    Always Miller Time: Is Goga Bitadze a viable backup center for Indiana Pacers?

    This season's revamped Indiana Pacers roster includes a few new faces. The new additions are primarily players who will impact the team's backcourt. However, for the team's frontcourt, there are familiars faces scattered throughout with the exception of Goga Bitadze.

    This season it has been indicated that big men, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner will start at the power forward and center positions respectively. This move thrusts last season's primary backup center, Sabonis, into a new position and opportunity.

    Due to the absence of Sabonis at center, this moves Bitadze into what seems to be the backup center role for the Pacers heading into the start of a new season.

    This season's revamped Indiana Pacers roster includes a few new faces. The new additions are primarily players who will impact the team's backcourt. However, for the team's frontcourt, there are familiars faces scattered throughout with the exception of Goga Bitadze.

    This season it has been indicated that big men, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner will start at the power forward and center positions respectively. This move thrusts last season's primary backup center, Sabonis, into a new position and opportunity.

    Due to the absence of Sabonis at center, this moves Bitadze into what seems to be the backup center role for the Pacers heading into the start of a new season.

  • @Pacers • 2d

    Indy Cornrows: On the Pacers being "far apart" in negotiations with Domantas Sabonis

    The Indiana Pacers and Domantas Sabonis technically have until 6:00 PM on October 21 to come to terms on a rookie scale extension, but it appears that the two sides may already be too far apart to make that happen. According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Indiana has "engaged in active trade talks" with several teams this week on their starting power forward.

    If the two sides don't reach an agreement before the deadline, Sabonis would become a restricted free agent, which means Indiana would be at risk of entering into a bidding war to retain his services next summer.

    The Indiana Pacers and Domantas Sabonis technically have until 6:00 PM on October 21 to come to terms on a rookie scale extension, but it appears that the two sides may already be too far apart to make that happen. According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Indiana has "engaged in active trade talks" with several teams this week on their starting power forward.

    If the two sides don't reach an agreement before the deadline, Sabonis would become a restricted free agent, which means Indiana would be at risk of entering into a bidding war to retain his services next summer.

  • @Pacers • 2d

    Official Site of the Pacers: Hoops2o Program Launches Season 2 with New NBA Players, Double the Goal

    Charlottesville, VA -- The Chris Long Foundation announced the tipoff of the second season of Hoops2o, a program that unites NBA players and fans in the mission of bringing clean water to East African communities in need. Made up of a roster of eight players from across the league, the team of NBA playmakers has grown from the founding five members to include Donte DiVincenzo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Kyle Guy of the Sacramento Kings and Tim Frazier of the Detroit Pistons. Fueled by added star power and building on the goal-breaking success of season one, the Hoops2o team is aiming to double their impact in season two by raising a half-million dollars and providing water to 75,000 East Africans in need.

    Charlottesville, VA -- The Chris Long Foundation announced the tipoff of the second season of Hoops2o, a program that unites NBA players and fans in the mission of bringing clean water to East African communities in need. Made up of a roster of eight players from across the league, the team of NBA playmakers has grown from the founding five members to include Donte DiVincenzo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Kyle Guy of the Sacramento Kings and Tim Frazier of the Detroit Pistons. Fueled by added star power and building on the goal-breaking success of season one, the Hoops2o team is aiming to double their impact in season two by raising a half-million dollars and providing water to 75,000 East Africans in need.

  • @Pacers • 2d

    Fansided: NBA executives think the Indiana Pacers are in great hands.

    Yesterday, NBA.com released its 18th annual General Manager Survey and the Indiana Pacers had some familiar names mentioned throughout.

    For the survey, all 30 GMs within the association responded to 50 different questions regarding offseason transactions, players, fans, teams, and coaches. No general manager could vote for their team or personnel thus removing any potential bias from the survey.

    For the Indiana Pacers, the survey solidified that it's an organization that is structured for success now and in the future.

    Long-time Pacers assistant and defensive savant Dan Burke was honored with the recognition of being regarded as a top assistant coach in the NBA.

    Yesterday, NBA.com released its 18th annual General Manager Survey and the Indiana Pacers had some familiar names mentioned throughout.

    For the survey, all 30 GMs within the association responded to 50 different questions regarding offseason transactions, players, fans, teams, and coaches. No general manager could vote for their team or personnel thus removing any potential bias from the survey.

    For the Indiana Pacers, the survey solidified that it's an organization that is structured for success now and in the future.

    Long-time Pacers assistant and defensive savant Dan Burke was honored with the recognition of being regarded as a top assistant coach in the NBA.

  • @Pacers • 2d

    Indy Cornrows: Oladipo cleared for half-court, five-on-five action

    Victor Oladipo is cleared to play 5-on-5 in a half-court setting, per the Indiana Pacers Twitter account.

    Nate McMillan said this should be a good sign for Pacers fans.

    "That's a good sign," he said, in the Pacers tweet. "He's been doing some things one-on-one, but he will be able to go five-on-five half-court with the team."

    Scott Agness reported that there is no updated timeline for Oladipo, but the team will be evaluating him over the next few weeks as he goes live in the half-court.

    It has been reported that Oladipo is aiming at a December or January return.

    Victor Oladipo is cleared to play 5-on-5 in a half-court setting, per the Indiana Pacers Twitter account.

    Nate McMillan said this should be a good sign for Pacers fans.

    "That's a good sign," he said, in the Pacers tweet. "He's been doing some things one-on-one, but he will be able to go five-on-five half-court with the team."

    Scott Agness reported that there is no updated timeline for Oladipo, but the team will be evaluating him over the next few weeks as he goes live in the half-court.

    It has been reported that Oladipo is aiming at a December or January return.

  • @Pacers • 3d

    Official Site of the Pacers: Pacers, Fever Team Up with Nike to Grow the Game for Girls in Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Pacers, the Indiana Fever and Nike take play seriously, announcing their partnership to launch Game Growers, a new program that invites girls across the country to create the inclusive, meaningful experiences in sport that they deserve, starting in Indiana. The Game Growers program gives eighth grade girls the opportunity to work in pairs to develop ideas and collaborate with participating WNBA and NBA teams to inspire more girls in their community to play and love sports.

    "Nike is joining forces with the WNBA and NBA to invite girls across the country to help us change the game," said Caitlin Morris, General Manager of Nike Social & Community Impact.

    INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Pacers, the Indiana Fever and Nike take play seriously, announcing their partnership to launch Game Growers, a new program that invites girls across the country to create the inclusive, meaningful experiences in sport that they deserve, starting in Indiana. The Game Growers program gives eighth grade girls the opportunity to work in pairs to develop ideas and collaborate with participating WNBA and NBA teams to inspire more girls in their community to play and love sports.

    "Nike is joining forces with the WNBA and NBA to invite girls across the country to help us change the game," said Caitlin Morris, General Manager of Nike Social & Community Impact.

  • @Pacers • 3d

    Fansided: Indiana Pacers: Who will be primary scorer before Victor Oladipo is back?

    Heading into the 2019-2020 season there is a sense of curiosity surrounding the Indiana Pacers.

    The Pacers will be without their superstar, Victor Oladipo, for the first half of the season as he continues to recover from a ruptured quad tendon he sustained last January against the Toronto Raptors.

    Last season, despite the injury, the Pacers remained afloat and were able to earn a playoff appearance against the Boston Celtics. However, after an offseason that included an overhaul of the majority of the roster from last season's team, there is an element of the unknown heading into 2019-2020.

    Heading into the 2019-2020 season there is a sense of curiosity surrounding the Indiana Pacers.

    The Pacers will be without their superstar, Victor Oladipo, for the first half of the season as he continues to recover from a ruptured quad tendon he sustained last January against the Toronto Raptors.

    Last season, despite the injury, the Pacers remained afloat and were able to earn a playoff appearance against the Boston Celtics. However, after an offseason that included an overhaul of the majority of the roster from last season's team, there is an element of the unknown heading into 2019-2020.

  • @Pacers • 3d

    Official Site of the Pacers: Pacers Need More Talk, More Action

    The Pacers have four new starters and nine new players, and their season doesn't begin until next Wednesday. All of that makes them difficult to analyze in the moment.

    Coach Nate McMillan is certain of two things, though. His players need to get in better condition to play at a faster pace. And, they need to be more talkative.

    McMillan has a reputation as a training camp task master, but the team's trip to India for two preseason games and having two more upon returning home forced him to focus more on execution. Now, with a week between the final preseason game on Tuesday and the start of the regular season next Wednesday, he'll have time to get back to the basics.

    The Pacers have four new starters and nine new players, and their season doesn't begin until next Wednesday. All of that makes them difficult to analyze in the moment.

    Coach Nate McMillan is certain of two things, though. His players need to get in better condition to play at a faster pace. And, they need to be more talkative.

    McMillan has a reputation as a training camp task master, but the team's trip to India for two preseason games and having two more upon returning home forced him to focus more on execution. Now, with a week between the final preseason game on Tuesday and the start of the regular season next Wednesday, he'll have time to get back to the basics.

  • @Pacers • 3d

    Indy Cornrows: Pacers exercise rookie scale options on T.J. Leaf, Aaron Holiday

    The Indiana Pacers have exercised the fourth-year option on forward T.J. Leaf, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarwoski.

    Leaf, who averaged 3.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in his second season, is slated to make in the neighborhood of $2.18 million this season and $4.3 million in 2020-21, when salary cap projections have been lowered to $116 million -- without accounting for potential fallout from the NBA's situation with China. Per Early Bird Rights, Indiana has $102 million committed in guaranteed salary for 2020-21, which means a hypothetical extension for Domantas Sabonis in the annual average value range of $14-16 million (a slight haircut in comparison to Myles Turner's $18 million AAV, but a bit of bump from what veteran centers like Brook Lopez and Dewayne Dedmon garnered this summer) would put them over the cap and therefore incentivize them to make low-risk investments in their own players now.

    The Indiana Pacers have exercised the fourth-year option on forward T.J. Leaf, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarwoski.

    Leaf, who averaged 3.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in his second season, is slated to make in the neighborhood of $2.18 million this season and $4.3 million in 2020-21, when salary cap projections have been lowered to $116 million -- without accounting for potential fallout from the NBA's situation with China. Per Early Bird Rights, Indiana has $102 million committed in guaranteed salary for 2020-21, which means a hypothetical extension for Domantas Sabonis in the annual average value range of $14-16 million (a slight haircut in comparison to Myles Turner's $18 million AAV, but a bit of bump from what veteran centers like Brook Lopez and Dewayne Dedmon garnered this summer) would put them over the cap and therefore incentivize them to make low-risk investments in their own players now.

  • @Pacers • 3d

    Official Site of the Pacers: Knight, Keady, Bryant, City of Anderson Named Pacers' Hickory Night Honorees

    INDIANAPOLIS - Coaching legends Bob Knight and Gene Keady, 1953 Indiana Mr. Basketball and Harlem Globetrotter ambassador Hallie Bryant, the city and high schools of Anderson and the eight boys and girls 2020 Indiana High School Athletic Association state champions will be the Indiana Pacers' Hickory Night honorees for the 2019-20 season.

    The Pacers will wear white Nike Hardwood Classic Hickory jerseys on the Hickory Nights at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as well as road games at Atlanta January 4 and at the Los Angeles Lakers April 1. The uniforms are a modern take on the uniforms of Hickory High as worn in the 1987 cinematic classic Hoosiers.

    INDIANAPOLIS - Coaching legends Bob Knight and Gene Keady, 1953 Indiana Mr. Basketball and Harlem Globetrotter ambassador Hallie Bryant, the city and high schools of Anderson and the eight boys and girls 2020 Indiana High School Athletic Association state champions will be the Indiana Pacers' Hickory Night honorees for the 2019-20 season.

    The Pacers will wear white Nike Hardwood Classic Hickory jerseys on the Hickory Nights at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as well as road games at Atlanta January 4 and at the Los Angeles Lakers April 1. The uniforms are a modern take on the uniforms of Hickory High as worn in the 1987 cinematic classic Hoosiers.

  • @Pacers • 4d

    Indy Cornrows: Sign up to be an Indy Cornrows FanPulse participant

    We are considered the voice of the Indiana Pacers community here at Indy Cornrows, and we talk every day about how the Pacers are doing--whether they'll win their upcoming game or how readers feel about various playing rotations or player development, maybe a suggestion or two for Coach Nate McMillan.

    Now, we're starting a new polling project that will pull together the insights of the most plugged-in NBA fans.

    If that describes you, then SIGN UP HERE to join us on our new project called SB Nation FanPulse.

    We are considered the voice of the Indiana Pacers community here at Indy Cornrows, and we talk every day about how the Pacers are doing--whether they'll win their upcoming game or how readers feel about various playing rotations or player development, maybe a suggestion or two for Coach Nate McMillan.

    Now, we're starting a new polling project that will pull together the insights of the most plugged-in NBA fans.

    If that describes you, then SIGN UP HERE to join us on our new project called SB Nation FanPulse.

  • @Pacers • 4d

    Official Site of the Pacers: McConnell Shaking Up Pacers Backcourt

    T.J. McConnell doesn't seem the disruptive type. He's the ultimate "good guy" type of player, the wholesome coach's son who always tries to say and do the right thing, the undrafted humble one just happy to be here, the undersized scrapper who hustled uphill all the way into the NBA.

    He's going to make things awfully interesting in the Pacers backcourt, though.

    McConnell, signed in the offseason after four seasons in Philadelphia, where he started 72 of his 314 games, was told upfront he would enter training camp as the No. 3 point guard behind Malcolm Brogdon and Aaron Holiday.

    T.J. McConnell doesn't seem the disruptive type. He's the ultimate "good guy" type of player, the wholesome coach's son who always tries to say and do the right thing, the undrafted humble one just happy to be here, the undersized scrapper who hustled uphill all the way into the NBA.

    He's going to make things awfully interesting in the Pacers backcourt, though.

    McConnell, signed in the offseason after four seasons in Philadelphia, where he started 72 of his 314 games, was told upfront he would enter training camp as the No. 3 point guard behind Malcolm Brogdon and Aaron Holiday.

  • @Pacers • 4d

    Official Site of the Pacers: Pacers Waive Three

    The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday they have waived Amida Brimah, Walt Lemon Jr. and C.J. Wilcox.

    The Pacers roster now stands at 17.

    The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday they have waived Amida Brimah, Walt Lemon Jr. and C.J. Wilcox.

    The Pacers roster now stands at 17.

  • @Pacers • 4d

    Indy Cornrows: The Indy Cornrows Pacers FanShop

    In 49 states, it's just basketball.

    This is Indiana.

    The Pacers and their fans exemplify that Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame motto, displaying passion for the beloved sport played at the highest level at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It allows fans to fall in love with a team that has won recently by focusing on defense and effort in an NBA where fast pace and three-point shot volume have become the norm. It also leaves room for all of the local fans who have their own basketball history, to share their knowledge of the game by trying to help the coach with thoughtful criticism.

    In 49 states, it's just basketball.

    This is Indiana.

    The Pacers and their fans exemplify that Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame motto, displaying passion for the beloved sport played at the highest level at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It allows fans to fall in love with a team that has won recently by focusing on defense and effort in an NBA where fast pace and three-point shot volume have become the norm. It also leaves room for all of the local fans who have their own basketball history, to share their knowledge of the game by trying to help the coach with thoughtful criticism.

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