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Diener Will Return as Pacer Next Season

Posted by Pacers Boy On June - 22 - 2009

For the money, he can’t be beat. Travis probably wouldn’t like the nickname, but I like to think of him as “mini-Foster.” He is solid, aggressive and always tries harder than guys twice as big.

The Indianapolis Star reported today that Travis will thankfully return next season.

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Pacers Player Update From Chris Denari

Posted by Pacers Boy On June - 22 - 2009

Chris Denari was on the WTHR 13 Sports Center show tonight sharing thoughts about the NBA draft, but had some interesting news about current Pacers players. It was very encouraging news about our young players working out during the off season, so let’s get to a few of his quotes:

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Danny Granger Signs Contract Extension

Posted by Pacers Boy On November - 1 - 2008

With barely any time left, the Pacers signed a contract extension with Danny Granger. The Indy Star has reported it is a five year extension beginning next year, and it’s worth $60 to $64 million. That is fair market value for Danny and the Pacers would have probably paid more if they let Danny go into free agency tomorrow. The amount of money and number of years really doesn’t matter that much because this needed to be done. It’s good that Granger felt the same:

“I’m very happy we were able to get an extension done. I’d like to thank the Simons, Larry Bird, David Morway, Jim O’Brien, the assistant coaches, my teammates and the entire Pacers’ organization. I’m very excited about the direction our team is going and I’m glad that I can have a part in the future of this franchise. I think we can have something very special here.”

Danny’s manager, Mark Bartelstein, also had some positive comments.

“You have a great emerging player. I think the Pacers are trying to rebuild the franchise and I think to let Danny get into restricted free agency when you never know what could happen, I think it was a terrific move on their part to get Danny locked up. It shows how much he means to them.”

Larry Bird said that Danny Granger is a very good player, very important part of their future, and a great young man on and off the court. It’s pretty hard to disagree with any of that. Thanks for sticking with us Danny.

Foster on Future of Pacers

Posted by Pacers Boy On October - 25 - 2008

Jeff Foster wrote a little piece on his thoughts about the future of the Indiana Pacers. Fortunately, Foster’s contract was extended this year as we need his rebounds, hustle and great attitude. This part was right on target:

I’ve been here through the good times and the bad. I’m not about to jump ship. We took a couple of hits but we’re coming back from them. I’m excited about the future and signing a contract extension was something I wanted to do and I’m glad they were willing to give me that option. This is an organization that, if you do things the right way in the community and on the court, they’ll take care of you in the long run.

It was very important the Pacers took care of Jeff in the long run. If anyone deserved it, it was Foster.

Jeff Foster’s Veteran Insights on Indiana Pacers

New Roy Hibbert Interview

Posted by Pacers Boy On October - 23 - 2008

There is a pretty good interview with Roy Hibbert from WNDE 1260 AM that was just posted to the interwebs. The biggest impression: Roy is a good speaker and great character. Every time he received a compliment from JMV, he politely responded that he has a lot of work to do, needs to work with the good Pacers coaches he has available, and it’s going to take some time to blossom. Based on the excitement from fans during the preseason, it’s scary to think what Roy could blossom into . . . scary in a good way.

Roy admitted there were some first game jitters, and even some jitters during the first couple games, but again he thinks he has a lot of work to do to get to where he wants to be in the NBA. Listening to Hibbert’s answers to the questions left me thinking, do responses get any better than this? Hibbert also mentioned that he is getting acclimated with his teammates, they talk to him every day and it sounds like they usually eat lunch together. Roy did mention that although he wouldn’t name any names, the rookie is getting “newspapers and stuff and everything” for certain Indiana Pacers players.

Roy was also asked about Patrick Ewing, and said that besides the sweet baseline fade (JMV’s words, not Roy’s), Ewing also taught him about how hard you need to work every day in the NBA. It really seems like Roy Hibbert is trying to make as good of a first impression as possible in his rookie year - another smart move from the new “claw” of the Pacers. (Is that his new nickname? . . .  hard to keep all of Big Roy’s nicknames straight.)

You can listen to the Roy Hibbert interview here.

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Ron Artest Toughest Player in NBA

Posted by Pacers Boy On October - 22 - 2008

Hold on now, that’s not what we think. That’s according to General Managers who recently completed a survey. When asked who is the toughest player in the NBA, the GMs answered:

1. Ron Artest — 37.0%
2. Kobe Bryant — 14.8%
3. Matt Harpring — 7.4%
4. Chris Paul — 7.4%
5. Manu Ginobili — 5.6%

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Pacemates Highlights

Posted by Pacers Boy
Jun-22-2009 I 38 COMMENTS

Pacers vs Sixers

Posted by Pacers Boy
Nov-15-2008 I 48 COMMENTS

Pacers vs Nets

Posted by Pacers Boy
Nov-13-2008 I 39 COMMENTS