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Pacers Podcast: Salary Tiers and Myles Turner preview

Pacers Podcast: Salary Tiers and Myles Turner preview

On this week's episode of the Locked on Pacers podcast Adam and Tony discuss Tony's salary value formula and preview Myles Turner. Only 30 days until the Pacer season starts! 30 days until the Pacer season starts and the Locked on Pacers Podcast is launching their season preview. For segment one of this week’s podcast Tony East and I discuss the three types of contracts that the Pacers have on their books. Glenn Robinson was in the underpaid category and his contract allowed Indiana to sign Bojan Bogdanovic. According to Tony’s formula Darren Collison is paid exactly right. We end the...
Sep 16, 2017
Myles Turner seeks Pacers advice from Stephen Jackson

Myles Turner seeks Pacers advice from Stephen Jackson

The Pacers young center appeared on ESPN’s The Jump alongside Jack on Friday. Pacers young big man Myles Turner (yes, he’s still young at 21) was in Los Angeles on Friday as part of the Statement uniform reveal by the NBA and Nike. There was no mention of swagger at the reveal but the Statement unis will be a familiar gold option in the new style. While in L.A., Turner made an appearance on ESPN’s daily NBA show The Jump, show hosted by Rachel Nichols with former Pacers Stephen Jackson and reporter Ramona Shelburne. Turner discussed his sudden emergence as the face of the Pacers...
Sep 16, 2017
Kevin Pritchard Playing 4D Chess for Pacers

Kevin Pritchard Playing 4D Chess for Pacers

It’s the dog days of NBA Summer. With no major headlines this week I decided to have a little fun. Note: This is purely for fun and not met to be taken seriously, enjoy! Deep in a vault somewhere the government keeps its plans for every possible scenario that could happen in world. These plans might include something like what to do if aliens attacked. I like to dream that every sports teams has one of these too, but on a much less serious scale. Every basketball GM wants to been seen as smart. They’re all trying to play four dimensional chess. If Kevin Pritchard was one of these heads...
Sep 12, 2017
LOCKED ON PACERS 9/10/17 - The bottom of the roster, the end of tampering, and more!

LOCKED ON PACERS 9/10/17 - The bottom of the roster, the end of tampering, and more!

With two new signings joining the team and a flurry of draft lottery reform being considered, the Locked On Pacers gang, including our own writer Adam Friedman, got together to break it all down There's a new Locked On Pacers this week, and it has the most entertaining topics to date! Adam Friedman and 8points9seconds writer Tony East got together to discuss a variety of interesting topics. They started off by discussing their sentiments about the tampering case finally being over. Finally, the Pacers can move into an era where we stop talking about Paul George... Well, kinda. Immediately...
Sep 11, 2017
Limited Upside podcast: Can the Pacers catch lightning in a bottle, again?

Limited Upside podcast: Can the Pacers catch lightning in a bottle, again?

Remaining averse to tanking depends upon it. That, plus more sad preview topics and some fun parlor games. Sandwiched between our latest pitches for the glorious (supposedly, weird) pairing that is chili and peanut butter, SB Nation assistant NBA editor Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney) and I joined the Limited Upside podcast hosted by Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) to preview the upcoming season while attempting to explain why the Pacers won’t commit to a full teardown. Fortunately, Indiana already has experience rebuilding through the middle. Paul George was the 10th pick in 2010, and...
Sep 9, 2017
Induction of George McGinnis into Hall of Fame puts ‘72, ‘73 Pacers in rare company

Induction of George McGinnis into Hall of Fame puts ‘72, ‘73 Pacers in rare company

His enshrinement forever gives Indiana’s legendary frontcourt the elite validation it already earned. The entire starting frontcourt from Indiana’s 1972 and 1973 ABA championship teams has been enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame, now that former ABA MVP George McGinnis finally joined his legendary teammates Roger Brown and Mel Daniels on Friday evening. “How many teams can say that?” Slick Leonard boasted to the Indy Star’s Zak Keefer in April, shortly after the election announcement was made. Answer: Very few. For instance, Julius Irving and rookie-sophomore Charles...
Sep 8, 2017
2017 Basketball Hall of Fame: George McGinnis finally honored

2017 Basketball Hall of Fame: George McGinnis finally honored

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame will induct 11 new members on Friday, including local legend, George McGinnis. Former Washington High School, IU and Pacers legend, George McGinnis will finally enjoy his long-overdue enshrinement into the Naismith Hall of Fame on Friday evening in Springfield, MA. How the career, production and winning of Big Mac, delivered in a bruising package with explosive athleticsm didn't garner the HOF honor many years ago is hard to fathom. Sadly, the only reason rests with the Hall's anti-ABA bias which is where McGinnis did some of his best work with the...
Sep 8, 2017
The Paul George talk in Indiana ended Wednesday afternoon.

The Paul George talk in Indiana ended Wednesday afternoon.

Over two years ago Paul George’s relationship with the Pacers started to fracture. He was traded in late June and tampering charges were filed against the Lakers in August. The drama ended Wednesday when Herb Simon finally spoke out. The two-year Indiana/Paul George saga saga has finally ended. Wednesday afternoon Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon released a statement saying he will not sue the NBA or the Los Angeles Lakers. The Paul George debacle began two years, three months ago. April 17, 2015: Larry Bird tells the media he wants Paul George to play power forward. Also known as the...
Sep 7, 2017
EuroBasket 2017: Bojan Bogdanovic and Croatia advance to Round of 16

EuroBasket 2017: Bojan Bogdanovic and Croatia advance to Round of 16

Russia will be their first single-elimination challenger. Scoring 22 points in 25 minutes of action, Bojan Bogdanovic was once again Croatia’s leading man as his team finished pool play with a 107-69 victory over the Czech Republic on Thursday morning. Though the Croats reached the century mark for the first time since 1997, the game itself was really only a formality as they had already secured second place in Group C by way of holding the head-to-head tiebreakers over Hungary and Montenegro. Still, it was evident that head coach Aleksander Petrovic wanted to head into the knockout...
Sep 5, 2017
A Special Tuesday Edition of the Locked on Pacers Podcast

A Special Tuesday Edition of the Locked on Pacers Podcast

Tony East and I discuss Bojan Bogdanovic, tampering and more. Tony East and I were off for Labor Day so we are bringing you a Tuesday edition of the Locked on Pacers podcast. We opened by discussing Bojan Bogdanovic’s Eurobasket performance and how it can translate to this season with the Pacers. Bogdanovic has led his Croatian national team to a 3-0 start in Eurobasket 2017, averaging 22.3 points per game. Next was the $500,000 tampering fined levied against the Los Angeles Lakers and GM Rob Pelinka. Could Pacers owner Herb Simon sue the NBA? Finally, we ended the pod previewing four...
Sep 5, 2017
How the Pacers should go about trying to make ‘Good Lance’ sustainable

How the Pacers should go about trying to make ‘Good Lance’ sustainable

Lineup combinations will be key to prolonging the Lance-effect. Somehow, Lance Stephenson turned out to be what the Pacers needed when they needed it. They outscored opponents by 8.5 points per 100 possessions when the prodigal point wing was on the floor, and he, perhaps by some sort of dark magic, managed to effortlessly drain five of his first three-point attempts (62.5%) after having recorded the worst three-point shooting season of all time from that distance not so long ago with the Hornets. Assuming he finds the respectable middle between those extremes, he’s capable of being...
Sep 2, 2017
Pacers Preview: Two lineups that could be fun to watch

Pacers Preview: Two lineups that could be fun to watch

Vegas has the Indiana Pacers over/under win total at 31.5. ESPN has Indiana projected to win 32 games. If you’re reading this article you are clearly a Pacers diehard and should be bracing for what’s projected to be the worst season in a generation. The last time Indiana won fewer than 30 games was 1989. Yet there is an upside to a team already projected to stink: experimentation. Head coach Nate McMillan doesn’t have to deal with meeting unreasonable expectations or superstar egos anymore. He can coach with some freedom. In 2013 the Phoenix Suns were projected to be one of the...
Sep 1, 2017
EuroBasket 2017: Expect Bojan Bogdanovic to lead the way for Croatia, again

EuroBasket 2017: Expect Bojan Bogdanovic to lead the way for Croatia, again

Croatia will open competition for Group C this morning at 8:00 AM against Hungary. The biggest international basketball competition in Europe started yesterday and will run through September 17. Group C, which includes Bojan Bogdanovic and Croatia along with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Spain, and host Romania, opens play today. Croatia has received mention as a potential dark horse in the tournament, but outpacing last summer’s feats — including an impressive upset over Spain on the opening day of pool play as well as a surprise berth in the quarterfinal round of the...
Aug 31, 2017
Victor Oladipo releases debut single

Victor Oladipo releases debut single

The Pacers new starting guard has plenty of talent off the court. Victor Oladipo used to dominate talent shows during his days at IU with his singing ability and stage presence. This summer he’s taken that talent to another level, before returning to Indy to begin preseason prep with the Pacers, by releasing a single which shows off those pipes. Oladipo’s debut single offers up his version of the early 70’s version of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You.” Give it a listen. I think it is safe to say that Oladipo won’t be asking for a month off heading into camp to promote his...
Aug 31, 2017
Lakers fined for tampering with Paul George

Lakers fined for tampering with Paul George

The NBA’s independent investigation revealed improper communication between the Lakers and PG’s agent. The NBA fined the Los Angeles Lakers $500,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rules with regard to communication between Paul George’s agent and the Lakers GM Rob Pelinka. The league’s release on the matter seemed to minimize the gravity of the tampering since there was no evidence of a future agreement and certainly a $500,000 fine appears to be a slap on the wrist in the grand scheme of things, although I’m not writing the check. Oh, and nothing will stated here...