Pacers Rumors & News

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Pacers reportedly interested in hiring Nick Van Exel as assistant coach

    Larry Brown Sports "The Indiana Pacers are working to assemble the staff of newly-promoted head coach Nate McMillan, and one of the names they are considering is one that you probably haven’t heard in awhile: Nick Van Exel. According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN on Tuesday, the Pacers are interested in hiring..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Larry Bird thinks this era of the NBA might be the best one ever

    Yahoo! Sports "One of the major throughlines of this NBA season has been the tension between stars of yesteryear and those of the present day, with many retired players offering at-times unflattering assessments of the game and gumption of today's top talents. You've heard this stuff — the game's gone soft since..." May 21

  • Pacers coach Nate McMillan: Myles Turner is 'exactly' like LaMarcus Aldridge

    USA Today "Nate McMillan — who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers before ultimately being named head coach this week after the firing of Frank Vogel — knows the talent that his roster has to offer. In a recent interview on Sirius XM NBA Radio's "Off the Dribble,"..." May 20

  • 5 blockbuster trade scenarios for the Los Angeles Lakers

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off their worst season since moving from Minnesota over a half century ago. They will now be led by a 36-year-old head coach in Luke Walton that’s looking to duplicate what he helped build with the Golden State Warriors. With Kobe Bryant now fully into..." May 20

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Nate McMillan Named Head Coach Of Pacers

    Real GM Basketball "The Indiana Pacers have named Nate McMillan as their head coach. McMillan has spent the last three seasons as Associate Head Coach for the Pacers under Frank Vogel. "I truly believe Nate is the right coach for us at this time," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird...." May 16

  • Knicks' Phil Jackson, Steve Mills met face-to-face with former Pacers coach Frank Vogel

    New York Daily News "Phil Jackson met face-to-face with with former Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel last week, the Daily News has learned. The clandestine meeting, which is believed to have taken place in Los Angeles, also included Knicks general manager Steve Mills, according to a team source. Kurt..." May 15

  • Pacers Have a New Head Coach & Their Fans Aren’t Happy

    Black Sports Online "There seemed no reason to fire Frank Vogel unless you knew you were going to make a big splash hire. Larry Bird did the opposite of that. Pacers fans were not pleased. " May 15

  • Nate McMillan finalizing negotiations to be Pacers coach

    Indianapolis Star "The Indiana Pacers’ search for a new coach appears to have extended only a few seats down the bench. Nate McMillan, who served as associate head coach the past three seasons, is finalizing negotiations to become the new head coach, IndyStar confirmed with a league source on Saturday night...." May 15

  • Frank Vogel among candidates to replace Scott Skiles, Magic GM says

    Orlando Sentinel "he Orlando Magic intend to reach out to Frank Vogel during their search for a new head coach, Magic general manager Rob Hennigan told the Orlando Sentinel on Friday. Vogel, who compiled a 250-181 record during his tenure as the Indiana Pacers' coach, became available when the Pacers decided to..." May 14

  • Larry Bird’s coaching belief questioned by those in NBA

    Indianapolis Star "Jeff Van Gundy does not agree with Larry Bird. Not when it comes to Bird’s decision to dismiss Frank Vogel. And especially when it comes to Bird’s philosophy that a coach’s effectiveness with one team can only be optimal for three years. Bird said last week those were his parameters because..." May 12

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Myles Turner joins 2016 USA Men's Select Team

    Indianapolis Star "After an impressive rookie season, Myles Turner will soon add another line to his resume. Turner accepted an invitation to participate with the USA Men's Select Team this summer, his agent Andy Miller confirmed. The Select Team will train against the 2016 USA Basketball Men's National Team..." May 11

  • Paul George thanks former coach Frank Vogel in open letter

    The Score "Frank Vogel's tenure as head coach of the Indiana Pacers came to an end on Thursday, when team president Larry Bird announced that his contract would not be renewed. Team All-Star Paul George took to his Instagram account Saturday night to publicly thank Vogel for the impact he made on his..." May 08

  • Vogel a target for Grizzlies with Joerger out

    The Score "The Memphis Grizzlies plan to pursue Frank Vogel as head coach in the wake of Dave Joerger's dismissal, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Vogel was terminated by the Indiana Pacers on Thursday. The Grizzlies are willing to pay top dollar for Joerger's replacement, reports..." May 07

  • Knicks reach out to Frank Vogel's agents about coaching vacancy

    ESPN "The New York Knicks have reached out to Frank Vogel's agents to gauge the ex-Indiana Pacers coach's interest in the club's coaching vacancy, league sources confirmed to ESPN. The contact, preliminary in nature, was made by Knicks general manager Steve Mills, according to sources. The Pacers..." May 06

  • Frank Vogel falls victim to Larry Bird's warped thinking

    USA Today "Larry Bird got rid of Frank Vogel because of 1983. Does that sound stupid? Good. You’re paying attention. Bird, the Indiana Pacers president, knows what he knows – well, he knows what he knew – and what Bird learned as a player from Boston Celtics President Red Auerbach informed the..." May 05

  • Why The Hell Did Larry Bird Suggest That Frank Vogel Begged For His Job?

    Dime Magazine "Frank Vogel had to see this coming. His ouster was written on the wall earlier this week when Larry Bird allowed for the possibility of his it at all. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” the Indiana Pacers president said to The Indianapolis Star with regard to Vogel’s future. “What I don’t..." May 05

  • Report: Jeff Hornacek emerges as candidate for Pacers’ coaching job

    Larry Brown Sports "On the heels of Thursday’s news that Frank Vogel will not be retained as head coach of the Pacers, team president Larry Bird will apparently consider an old competitor from back in his playing days to fill the fresh vacancy. According to a report by Ken Berger of CBS Sports on Thursday, former..." May 05

  • Pacers Eye Nate McMillan, Brian Shaw?

    Hoops Rumors "Nate McMillan and Brian Shaw are in the discussion to fill the head coaching vacancy on the Pacers, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Frank Vogel‘s contract expired and president of basketball operations Larry Bird decided against re-signing him. McMillan has been Indiana’s lead..." May 05

  • Larry Bird says team won’t renew Frank Vogel’s contract

    SB Nation "The Indiana Pacers will not retain head coach Frank Vogel, team president Larry Bird announced in a press conference Thursday. "I've decided it is time for a new voice around here," Bird told assembled media in a televised press conference. "Sometimes, my job sucks." The writing was on the..." May 05

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • Report: Lakers want to make ‘big run’ at Paul George

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers will be looking to make a major splash this offseason, and that will mean trying to convince guys like Kevin Durant and LeBron James to sign with them as free agents. It could also involve trying to trade for a superstar. According to Bill Simmons, the Lakers have..." May 05

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

  • Why would the Pacers think about letting go of a successful coach like Frank Vogel?

    SB Nation "In the immediate aftermath of the Indiana Pacers losing Game 7 of their first-round series to the Toronto Raptors, coach Frank Vogel's situation has become very tenuous. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Vogel's contract is up and that there have been no discussions about an..." May 03

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Knicks could pounce as Pacers get frosty on Frank Vogel

    New York Post "There may be a new free-agent coach on the market with eyes on the Knicks job. Pacers coach Frank Vogel, who grew up in South Jersey an admirer of Phil Jackson, is on shaky ground after losing Game 7 on Sunday night in Toronto to seal a first-round playoff exit. Pacers president Larry Bird..." May 03

  • Bird says he's undecided on Vogel's future

    Indianapolis Star "Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird said Monday he hasn’t decided whether to bring back coach Frank Vogel for a seventh season, telling IndyStar: “It’s no secret – I want us to score more points.” What Bird has to decide, he says, is the best way to achieve more offense in a league headed in..." May 03

  • NBA report admits referees missed Raptors’ DeRozan’s foul on Pacers’ Mahinmi

    Pro Basketball Talk "It was one of the most discussed plays in the final minutes of Toronto’s thrilling if sloppy Game 7 win against Indiana. The Pacers were down three with less than 20 seconds left (after Frank Vogel had taken a poor timeout messing up a four-on-two transition chance) and ran a play for a quick two..." May 02

  • Pacers haven’t discussed renewing Frank Vogel’s expiring deal

    SI "The Pacers haven’t discussed a contract extension for head coach Frank Vogel, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Vogel, 42, just finished the final season of a two-year extension he signed in Oct. 2014. The Pacers were eliminated by the Raptors on Sunday night in Game 7 of their..." May 02

  • DeRozan, Raptors shoot past Pacers in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Dwane Casey read the reviews of the Toronto Raptors' decisive Game 6 loss to the Indiana Pacers. They were not good, and the Toronto coach feels many of the critics dismissed his team heading into Game 7 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. "I think..." May 01

  • Raptors have no choice now but to face all their past ghosts in Game 7

    Sportsnet "If you’ve come this far, you might as well go all the way. If your season is a seven-month exorcism of past sins, and an effort to quiet ghosts, why stop short? Might as well stare it all down at once. Can the Toronto Raptors ever win a playoff series? Can they ever win a Game 7? So far..." April 30

  • Pacers ride 32-5 run to force Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- When the Indiana Pacers are more than All-Star forward Paul George's prolific scoring, they usually are difficult to beat. George had a game-best 21 points and 11 rebounds Friday, but the Pacers used smothering defense, solid rebounding and a dominating second half to defeat..." April 29

  • Pacers' George willing to play all 48 in Game 6

    ESPN "Pacers star Paul George said he is willing to play 48 minutes in Friday night's Game 6 against the Toronto Raptors if needed. "If that's the direction that the game is going, I'm all for it," George said after Thursday's practice. "Whatever we got to do to win, I'm doing it." George scored..." April 28

  • George pleads for more help from Pacers teammates

    The Score "The Indiana Pacers dropped a pivotal Game 5 on Tuesday, but spare Paul George the blame. George submitted a Herculean effort, scoring 39 points on just 19 shots while adding eight rebounds and eight assists. And yet the Pacers still lost. He was understandably disappointed in his teammates..." April 27

  • Pacers' Hill critical of Raptors' style of play: 'It's not really basketball out there'

    The Score "The back-and-forth between the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers doesn't appear to be ending any time soon. After seeing his team blow a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, the Pacers' Solomon Hill ripped the Raptors for their style of play, claiming Toronto's players rely too heavily on..." April 27

  • Raptors top Pacers to take series lead

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Dwane Casey's decision to go with a mixed-bag group on the floor in the fourth quarter paid off Tuesday night as the Toronto Raptors erased a 13-point deficit to defeat the Indiana Pacers 102-99. With the win, the Raptors take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round..." April 26

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • Paul George: Jonas Valanciunas grabbed my throat, sparking tussle

    ESPN "Pacers forward Paul George took exception to Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas getting too physical with him down low during the fourth quarter of Indiana's 100-83 win in Game 4 on Saturday afternoon. With 5:03 remaining in the game, George and Valanciunas jostled in the paint as Pacers..." April 24

  • Raptors stymie Pacers, take 2-1 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- The Toronto Raptors have a reputation for being one of the NBA's best defensive teams and it is that defense that has allowed the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed to regain control of its first-round series against No. 7 seed Indiana. Toronto forced 17 Pacers' turnovers in..." April 21

  • PG says Pacers must figure out how to stop Valanciunas

    Fox Sports Indiana "Even though the Indiana Pacers split the first two games in Toronto, Paul George insists he isn't pleased as the series shifts to Indianapolis. That's partly because Jonas Valanciunas has been dominant in the midst of a breakout performance for the Atlantic Division champion Raptors. As..." April 21

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • Valanciunas helps Raptors tie series

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors are best known for their All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. A major player in the first two games of their first-round series playoff series with the Indiana Pacers, however, has been center Jonas Valanciunas, who has been a work in progress in..." April 18

  • George leads Pacers over Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors came out tight in the opening game of their first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers and it played right into the hands of Paul George. The Pacers forward played footloose and fancy free in the second half, scoring 17 points in the third quarter..." April 16

  • Raptors' Casey fires back at Vogel for 'trying to set the officials up'

    The Score "Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey didn't take too kindly to the embellishment accusations leveled against his team Friday by Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "I thought he was trying to set the officials up, the NBA office to let them know to watch for that I guess," Casey told..." April 16

  • Pacers' Vogel accuses Raptors of embellishing contact

    Toronto Star "The ball hasn’t gone up for tipoff yet but the gamesmanship between the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors had already started by Friday. Pacers head coach Frank Vogel told Indianapolis media on Thursday that the Raptors excel at selling contact on the drive. “We’ve got to be disciplined..." April 16

  • Pacers wrap up regular season with win over Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- There were two teams on the court Wednesday night at the Bradley Center; one locked into its playoff seeding and headed for the postseason; the other running out the string on a disappointing season full of underachievement. And while the scoreboard might suggest a competitive..." April 13

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