Tag:Indiana Pacers
Posted on: June 1, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 7:09 am

NBA executive: Jimmer Fredette 'could be a star'

Jimmer Fredette reportedly impressed during a workout with the Indiana Pacers. Posted by Ben Golliver. jimmer-fredette

Conventional wisdom seemed to coalesce around BYU guard Jimmer Fredette this spring: He should be a solid rotation player and a potential spark plug off of someone's bench.

Is that line of thinking getting turned upside down?

On Tuesday, Fredette reportedly impressed during a group workout with the Indiana Pacers. So much so, in fact, that Jazz.com reports that he left talent evaluators with stars in their eyes.
One high placed NBA executive at the workout said, “He was Jimmer Fredette. He shot the ball well, he handled the point and he played at different speeds.  He needs to get better defensively.  He is a tough kid, he is mature, he is very poised.” 

The most interesting comment that was made was the “he could be a solid back-up or he could be a star.”  This is only the second personnel person I have talked to that had Jimmer as a star.  One other compared him to Mark Price and is adamant about it.  

The report also noted two fairly impressive facts: "Jimmer hit his first 12 3s and 82% of his unguarded 3s in his workout."

That performance left Fredette's workout partner, Duke guard Nolan Smith, impressed, according to Pacers.com.
"Where he shot the ball from, what he did for his team, I enjoyed watching him, seeing how many points he was putting up," said Duke's Nolan Smith, who matched up with Fredette in the workout. "It was quite a show."
Coming out of the workout, Fredette sounded confident, telling Indianapolis' 1070 The Fan that he "definitely" feels that his athleticism is underrated (via SportsRadioInterviews.com).
"I think athletic ability has to do with how you’re able to move your body. … It’s not the most flashy athleticism, but it’s being able to make the most use out of your body.” 
While Fredette is listed anywhere from 10 to 20 on most NBA mock drafts, positive early buzz like this could mean that the bottom side of those estimates are overly conservative. He's got two good shots to be drafted with the Jazz picking at No. 12 and the Pacers picking at No. 15. The Phoenix Suns at No. 13 and the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 10 reportedly have interest too. Does he slip through all four of those teams?

Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:44 pm
Edited on: May 28, 2011 1:47 pm

Rick Adelman done as NBA coach, wants to be GM?

Rick Adelman makes it sound like he's doing coaching in the NBA. Posted by Ben Golliver. rick-adelman

The Houston Rockets and head coach Rick Adelman parted ways back in April, and it took less than a month before his name popped up with regard to the Los Angeles Lakers head coaching position. But that job went to Mike Brown earlier this week.

In a revealing interview with the Portland Tribune, Adelman says he left the Rockets because management wanted to make changes to his staff and that he is interested in an NBA job, perhaps with the Portland Trail Blazers, that isn't as demanding as being a head coach.
“I’m looking to do something different, with not quite the stress the coaching aspect has. I have an affinity for Portland. Any way I could be involved, I would.”
Adelman takes it a step further when asked if he would be interested in the Indiana Pacers head coaching position, making it sound like he might be done coaching in the NBA all together. 
“I’m not sure if I’d be interested,” he says. “I have a feeling Larry [Bird] is going to take his time (hiring a coach). If someone calls, I’ll look at the situation, but I don’t know if I want to do the coaching thing again.”
Instead, it sounds like Adelman is ready for a move upstairs.
“It’s something I haven’t done, but I think I know the league pretty well,” he says. “I’ve worked for a number of GMs. I’ve always wanted to do something like that, but I’ve had pretty good success coaching. I would be very interested in trying something different."
Adelman, who is 64 years old, coached the Blazers through their "Rip City" early-1990s glory years, leading the team to the NBA Finals twice. The team fired its GM, Rich Cho, on Monday.

The transition from coach to GM is not an easy one. As good as his coaching record has been over 20 seasons and as respected as Adelman is around the league, you've got to like his chances of success in the management ranks.

But GM jobs are hard to come by, even for NBA lifers.
Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:49 pm

Pacers dangling Granger to get to No. 2?

Posted by Royce Young

The word is that the Timberwolves are shopping the No. 2 overall pick around. I already sort of covered this, but right now, David Kahn doesn't seem to have a lot of need for another young project player but is instead looking to acquire some veteran talent. So with that knowledge out there, teams are calling and talking.

One that's surfaced? The Pacers.

According to a tweet from Sam Amico of Fox Sports, the Pacers are "making a seriously play" for the No. 2 pick. By "serious," the word is that Danny Granger is part of a proposed deal along with Ricky Rubio and Michael Beasley.

In other words, wow, that would be a pretty major deal.

It's all talk at this point, but maybe there's a bit of fire to go with this smoke. Granger has been rumored to be on and off the trade block in Indiana a couple times in the past year and with Derrick Williams from Arizona being the likely prize at No. 2, Larry Bird is willing to trade his franchise player for a shot at a new one.

Or maybe Enes Kanter who has the look of a solid starting power forward, something the Pacers have been hunting for a while especially since unloading Troy Murphy. Yes, seriously.

I can't say that I quite understand why Rubio and Beasley were also included in the deal, but hey, it's David Kahn and I'm not going to start posing questions that have no answers.
Posted on: May 10, 2011 4:46 pm

Larry Bird to remain with the Pacers

Posted by Royce Young

Larry Bird will remain the Pacers' President of Basketball Operations and David Morway the general manager, the team announced Tuesday.

Owner Herb Simon met with Bird and discussed the team and Bird's future Tuesday and came to the conclusion it was best for Bird to remain in his position.

“I’m quite pleased with the success we experienced this past season and pleased with the direction our team is going,” Simon said in a statement. “I’m glad Larry is staying to help us continue in the positive direction we are going.”

The Pacers made a somewhat improbable push to the postseason this year, losing to the top-seeded Bulls 4-1 in the opening round. Every game except the last was highly competitive though and all in all, the 2010-11 campaign is seen as a step in the right direction for the Pacers.

“The past few months have been the most enjoyable since I took over as President of Basketball Operations,” said Bird. “To see our young players develop, to see us make the playoffs and then to see us compete in a hard-fought series with Chicago are indications we are headed in the right direction and it has made me even more determined to help this team improve further and go to the next level.

“I hope we can keep our core basketball group together and one of my first priorities will be to address the coaching situation.”

The focus now moves to Frank Vogel who finished the season with an interim tag. Vogel's situation was said to get resolved once Bird's future was settled, so I'm sure we'll hear whether or not Vogel will be retained as the team's head coach for another season. Bird seemed to hint at opening up the position a bit late in the season but with the way the Pacers pushed the Bulls and played hard for Vogel, it really seems like it should be his job.
Posted on: May 6, 2011 2:40 pm

Frank Vogel interviewed for Rockets job

Posted by Royce Young

Maybe it's just a threat or maybe it's a sign, but Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel interviewed for the Houston Rockets head coaching position, according to the Indianpolis Star.

The Pacers would be making a big mistake letting Vogel walk as he proved down the stretch of the regular season and also during Indiana's five-game opening round loss to the Bulls that he works well with the team. He seemed to really have their ear, had them playing hard and appears to be a rising young coach.

No surprise the Rockets interviewed him though. Basically if you're affiliated with basketball and available, you've interviewed with the Rockets. Vogel worked with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in Boston.

Vogel said during his season-ending press conference last week that he would like to return as Pacers coach. It's just a matter if the feeling is mutual.

I'm curious though as to if it's just a little nudge from Vogel to the Pacers. The front office is a bit up in the air with Larry Bird's future not entirely certain. So obviously the organization wants to get things straightened from the top down before locking up Vogel. Something tells me that Vogel's future is with the Pacers though.

 Bird will likely stay with the franchise and ownership really seemed to be pleased with the progress by the team.

Vogel led the Pacers to a 20-18 record and to the playoffs for the first time since 2006 after taking over for Jim O’Brien who was fired in late January.
Category: NBA
Posted on: April 27, 2011 12:57 am
Edited on: April 27, 2011 1:08 am

Danny Granger: Joakim Noah is a 'dirty player'

Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger calls Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah a "dirty player." Posted by Ben Golliver.

The Chicago Bulls eliminated the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night but the Pacers did not go quietly into that good night.

No, Pacers forward Danny Granger, who opened the series by saying he thought the Boston Celtics were better than the Bulls, got in multiple shots at Bulls center Joakim Noah. Noah was involved in skirmishes with both Josh McRoberts and Tyler Hansbrough. McRoberts was ejected from Game 5 after retaliating to a Noah elbow.

Granger put it very bluntly to the Associated Press: "He's a dirty player, honestly."

ESPNChicago.com took down Granger's extended comments.
"He pulled a cowardly move," Granger said. "He cheap-shotted a couple of my teammates, and one gets thrown out ... 
"The refs never catch what he did ... it's cowardly. And I'm going to say something about it. I wanted to say something about it all the way to the game was over. I just don't think the game should be played that way. You can play hard and fight and battle, but when you start cheap-shotting people it gets out of hand."
Granger is developing a reputation for smack talk after he threatened violence against the Toronto Raptors back in March.

Look, to their credit, the Pacers were pretty much delusional throughout this series. They were convinced they could win, they played extraordinarily hard, they were badly outmatched and they didn't give up. It's a frustrating feeling to give it your all and still wind up short. 

Obviously, the frustration boiled over here. For Granger, the frustration runs particularly deep because he's a third tier superstar in a small market with no hope of attracting a running mate. He's stuck and he knows it. This is his destiny: being bullied by the league's best teams year after year.

Even given those circumstances, though, there's no excuse. Go out the bigger person with your head held high. Be remembered for the right reasons, not the wrong ones.
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:08 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 12:09 am

Series in Review: Bulls-Pacers

Posted by Royce Young

The Bulls finally put away the pesky Indiana Pacers, 116-89, taking the series in five games. For once the Bulls looked like the dominant team they are, and handled the Pacers in virtually every way. Let's review:

Series MVP: Derrick Rose

No doubt about it. With his team needing him, he stepped up in a big way, on a sprained ankle, in Game 5 to drop 25 points in 30 minutes. That total included a barrage of 3s in the third to essentially sink the Pacers. He wasn't his usual, terrific self, shooting just 35 percent from the floor. And he took too many 3s (over seven a game). But Rose was deffinitely the difference in this series. The fact the Bulls got out in five despite poor contributions from the supporting cast is pretty impressive.

Best Play: Rose's block and layup

What an incredible flurry from Rose in Game 1. He had ESPN color man Jon Barry giggling manically throughout, and with good reason.

Best Moment: Korver's Game 1 3-point to seal it

Korver hit a number of big shots in this series, but his 3 in the final minute of Game 1 to give the Bulls the lead was just special. It was one of those playoff moments that Bulls' fans will remember for a long while. Rose had taken over, but in that big spot he made the right play and found his shooter open for 3. And Korver did his job.

Worst Moment: Josh McRoberts

McRoberts got away with an unprovoked elbow at Derrick Rose's head in Game 4, but the way he went after Joakim Noah in Game 5 was just ridiculous. It's one thing to take a shot at a guy, but to go for it a second time when he's backing away is pretty stupid. His last moment from the 2010-11 season wasn't a good one.

Worst Moment Runner-up: The attack of hippie camera dude

It has to be mentioned that Darren Collison was forced to miss the entire second half of Game 2 because he stepped on the foot of a cameraman on the baseline. What a shame that happened and potentially altered the outcome of that game.

Most Disappointing Player: Carlos Boozer

It's pretty bad when you could say the Bulls would've won this series with or without Boozer. He was that much of a non-factor. He had 17 points and 16 rebounds in Game 2, but even that was a bit of an aberration (he had 13 in the first half). Averaging just 12.0 points per game on 37 percent shooting isn't good enough for Boozer, especially if the Bulls want to challenge for a championship.

Most Surprising Moment: Kyle Korver made a layup

In Game 5. I swear, I saw it.

Making a Name: Paul George

The Pacer rookie got the assignment of guarding Rose down the stretch in each game, and he did pretty well. George has a little way to go offensively, but in terms of being an elite wing defender, he has potential. Frank Vogel spoke of George having some 17 deflections in Game 1, which is pretty impressive. A good wing defender is almost as valuable as a good wing scorer, and George may be that guy in the future for Indiana.

Theme of the Series: Missed opportunities

The Pacers had the chance to be up 1-0. Then they had a chance to even it at 1-1. Then they had a chance to cut it to 2-1. Of course, in the crunch, Indiana just couldn't execute. The Bulls were the better team easily, but the Pacers can certainly look back and think a bit on the "What if's" from this series.
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:44 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 11:25 pm

Grading the series: Bulls top Pacers in 5

Posted by Royce Young


Derrick Rose: It was a bit of an up and down series for Rose. If you just gloss over the boxscore numbers, it looks like he did pretty well (28.3 points and 6.3 assists per game). But spanning Games 3 and 4, Rose really struggled shooting the ball (35 percent for the series). A bit too often, he settled for the 3 (over seven a game), and didn't really command the game the way you'd hope a future MVP would.

That said, he was pretty excellent in Game 5 and, overall, played a good series. He's the reason the Bulls got away from the Pacers in just five games. He battled through an ankle sprain to play his best game of the series. That said a lot about his toughness, and, behind him, his team finally turned in a solid, complete game of basketball. High marks overall for Rose.

Grade: B+

Tom Thibodeau: I think, quietly, Thibodeau managed this series extremely well. It was subtle because he didn't deviate much from the regular season plan, but one move I especially took note of was his decision to stick with Kurt Thomas in Game 1 down the stretch, instead of going to Carlos Boozer. That added toughness and grit from Thomas ended up landing the Bulls a big offensive rebound to seal the game. Thibodeau didn't push every correct button, but he stayed consistent to the gameplan that worked to win Chicago 62 games this season.

And in his first playoff series, he got out in five games. Not bad.

Grade: A-

The supporting cast: If you're looking for a word, it's inconsistent. Luol Deng was solid, averaging 17.3 ppg in the series. Joakim Noah was his usual self. Kyle Korver hit some big shots. But overall, Chicago's role players didn't step up consistently the way they did during the regular season. Taj Gibson was great in Game 5, but that was really the ony game he had an impact. Ronnie Brewer was a non-factor all five games, and Carlos Boozer was pretty much a disappointment.

Going forward, they need to be better. And I'm sure they know it.

Grade: C

Overall grade: There was definitely a good push by the Bulls in Game 5 to raise this mark. They played easily their best game, making shots, rebounding, playing defense and playing together. But, other than that, the other four games were a complete struggle versus the weakest team in the playoff field. I've gone over it ad nauseum, but Chicago was just a couple minutes away from losing an extra game, or two.

Alas, they won in five. A sweep would've been ideal, but it was clear early on that this Pacer team was ready to fight. And they did. Winning is the important part in the postseason, and the East's top seed is advancing unscathed.

Grade: B


Danny Granger: Indiana's star was pretty good overall. He hit some big shots, made some big plays and was probably the biggest reason the Pacers stole a game. But he's also a reason they didn't steal at least one more.

Granger's disappearance in crunch time in Games 1 and 2 ultimately doomed their chances of coming out of Chicago with a big win to start the series. That's partially his fault and partially a product of the stellar Bulls defense. He could've been better, but, keep in mind, he did have Luol Deng on him for five games.

Grade: B

Frank Vogel: Indiana's interim coach earned a job next season in my mind. He had his guys convinced they could win. He talked them up. He had them believing, which is the first job of an underdog coach. The Pacers never wavered and, really, Indiana's gameplan was rock solid throughout.

A few of his rotations were a bit curious and the fact the Pacers seemed to run away from Roy Hibbert was odd. But in Vogel's maiden voyage into the postseason, without even the actual head coaching position, he should win himself a new title for next season.

Grade: A

Homecourt advantage: Down 3-0, I realize some of the excitement and air is let out of your balloon. But to let the enemy fill up half your arena? That's pretty ridiculous. The Pacer fans that were there were loud and did their part, but the ones that sold off to Bulls' fans? Shame.

Grade: D+

Overall grade: The Pacers were in that great position of not having much expected of them. Winning even a game was seen as a big victory for them. Still, being so close to actually making this a series has to be a bit disappointing. Yes, they were completely overmatched by a more talented team. But a rebound here, a few more free throws or a good stop there and this Game 5 isn't ending their season.

A great effort from them though. You can't fault that. They played the NBA's best regular season team tooth and nail for four games before running out of gas. It was admirable.

Grade: A-
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