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Paul George Holds First Players-Only Meeting Of Career

Nov 26, 2016 11:15 AM

Paul George will miss the Indiana Pacers' next three games with a sore left ankle.

Since he sustained his injury Nov. 11 in the overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, George has felt significant soreness in his ankle when he ran on it. 


George missed four out of the Pacers' next six games and test results showed no structural damage.

George intended to play in Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets after holding his first players-only meeting of his seven-year career. 


“I wanted to get the guys together and kind of wanted to get them to just start seeing the game differently,” George said after the Pacers’ shootaround. “If there’s action going on strong side, why can’t we talk and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to set you up for this back screen or I’m going to get to you for this pin down.’ No reason why we can’t communicate on the offensive end.”

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Paul George To Undergo MRI On Left Ankle

Nov 18, 2016 5:29 PM

Paul George will sit out the Indiana Pacers' game on Friday against the Phoenix Suns with a left ankle injury.

George will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

George didn't practice on Thursday and is still feeling soreness.

Through the first 11 games of the 16-17 season, George is averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

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Paul George Fined $15,000 For Kicking Ball Into Stands

Nov 8, 2016 7:37 PM

Paul George has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for kicking a ball into the stands.

The ball hit a fan in the face and George immediately apologized to her.

"I meant to kick the ball against the mat, the stanchion, I guess," George said after the Pacers' 111-94 win over the Bulls. "And my soccer skill isn't as good as I thought. I apologized to the people who I hit, and I'm glad my team was able to pick up this win and me not be at fault for the loss."

George also sent flowers to the woman.


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Metta World Peace Can't Forgive Himself For End Of Pacers' Tenure

Nov 2, 2016 11:13 AM

Metta World Peace made what will likely be his final trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

World Peace said he won't ever recover from how his Pacers tenure ended, especially because he believed so many people in and around the franchise truly liked him, cared for him, tried to help him at every turn, but he didn’t do right by them.

“That’s what I feel most bad about to this day,” World Peace told ESPN. “That’s something that I can never, ever forgive myself for. I don’t regret it, but I definitely can’t forgive myself for that.”

World Peace was suspended for 73 games following the brawl at The Palace and eventually forced his way out of Indiana with a trade to the Sacramento Kings.

World Peace called Rick Adelman a “basketball father figure” and said taught him how to be a teammate.

“Rick, that really changed my life,” World Peace said. “That’s when my turning point was.”

World Peace later realized how he squandered his opportunity with the Pacers.

“I was there, but I had no control. It was like now I realized, ‘Oh, wow, what a f---ing d---head.’”

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Paul George: My Only Goal Is Playing For A Championship

Oct 25, 2016 7:44 PM

Paul George has the chance to spend his entire career with the Indiana Pacers, something the franchise would certainly welcome.

George can become a free agent in 2018.

“Guys want to play with guys,” George said. “I think I have a better chance to accomplish that given Reggie (Miller) and the era that he was in. My only goal is playing for a championship. As long as we’re competitive and I have something to do with that, I’m happy.”

George has spent much of his career trying to get past LeBron James.

“In order for me to win, I’ve got to take him out,” George said. “At this time, I feel more experienced. It’s now about how do I get my team to play at a higher level. That’s what I’m trying to get to.”

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Pacers Sign Ben Bentil

Oct 24, 2016 12:34 PM

The Indiana Pacers have signed Ben Bentil to a contract. 

Bentil, who played collegiately at Providence, was a second-round pick (51st overall) of the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Bentil was recently waived by the Celtics.

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Pacers Waive Jeremy Evans, Julyan Stone

Oct 23, 2016 8:51 PM

The Indiana Pacers have waived Jeremy Evans and Julyan Stone.

Evans appeared in two preseason games and did not score.

Stone played in five games, scoring one point while averaging two rebounds per game.

The Pacers’ roster now stands at 15.

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Paul George Thankful Pacers Made Moves To Stay Competitive

Oct 21, 2016 4:41 PM

Paul George liked the moves the Indiana Pacers made this offseason.

"I think with the moves made, the front office made it an emphasis on getting back to that caliber of talent that placed us in the [Eastern] Conference finals and bringing that level of play back to this organization that we’ve fell short of the last couple of seasons," said George. "We made the playoffs last year, but the year before that we fell short. Since I’ve been here, the one thing that we’ve lacked was bench play. With the depth that we have now; it’s one thing to have depth, but we have guys that can play multiple positions and can do multiple things. This team is pretty deep and can be very good."

George was also asked about whether he takes comfort in how the Pacers have tried to stay competitive after missing the playoffs in 2015.

"It’s a luxury, really. The NBA season is very long. You don’t want to feel like you’re wasting years or you’re giving something that’s not going to go somewhere. I think that’s one of the worst things to go through in this league, so I’m thankful that they’re trying to keep this team and the organization competitive, in putting pieces around me to try and get us back in the playoffs and to try and take out LeBron and the Cavaliers.

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Pacers Waive Alex Poythress, Nick Zeisloft

Oct 17, 2016 5:03 PM

The Indiana Pacers have waived Alex Poythress and Nick Zeisloft.

Poythress played in two preseason games and scored one point.

Zeisloft played in one game and did not score.


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Pacers Counting On Dan Burke To Provide Defensive Continuity

Oct 11, 2016 8:06 PM

The Indiana Pacers ranked third in the NBA in points allowed per 100 possessions last season.

In order to maintain their continuity despite firing Frank Vogel, the Pacers kept their defensive coordinator Dan Burke. Burke is entering his 20th season with the Pacers, which makes him the longest tenured assistant with the same team in the NBA. Burke receive interest this offseason from a number of rival teams, including the Orlando Magic when Vogel ended up getting their head coaching job.

The Pacers hope to maintain their excellent defense while playing at a faster pace and also losing George Hill at point guard for Jeff Teague.

“I just go from year to year,” he said. “When people would say, ‘Wow, it’s your 10th year,’ I used to joke, ‘Yeah, I’m tricking them.’ Now, I’m thinking Larry is just trying to wait until I get it right.

"To me, it’s a job I love. It worked out well. It doesn’t seem like 20 because I just love every minute of it.”

“Dick Harter is the best defensive coach I’ve seen in this league,” Larry Bird said in September of Burke's mentor. “Nobody can replace Dick. But (Dan) is very similar and he demands guys to play hard on the defensive end. You’ve got to win with your defense, and Dan’s proven that over the years his defenses get things done. A few years ago, when we were winning and getting to the Eastern Conference finals, we were guarding people and that’s what we've got to do. I’m not saying Frank (Vogel) didn’t have something to do with that neither, but Dan’s always been my guy and I hope he’s here forever.”

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Lance Stephenson Doesn't Regret Passing On Pacers' $44M Offer
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Paul George Has Discussed Extension With Pacers
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Nick Zeisloft Signs Camp Deal With Pacers
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Kevin Seraphin Agrees Upon Two-Year, $3.6M Deal With Pacers
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Alex Poythress Agrees Upon Partially Guaranteed Deal With Pacers
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Larry Bird Want Pacers To Score 105 Points Per Game
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Paul George Glad Pacers Not Wasting His Prime Years
Paul George acknowledged he needs to be the Pacers' leader as they continue to evolve their roster and playing style.

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Aaron Brooks, Pacers Agree Upon One-Year, $2.5M Deal
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Pacers Acquire Jeremy Evans From Mavericks
Jeremy Evans gives the Pacers an additional bench option on the wing.

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Lance Stephenson, Pacers Discussing Multi-Year Deal
Lance Stephenson has been traded twice since leaving the Pacers in 2014.

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Ian Mahinmi, Wizards Agree Upon Four-Year, $64M Deal
Washington was also in on a pursuit of Al Horford and shifted to IanMahinmi as soon as he agreed to sign with the Celtics.

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Pacers, Kings Discuss Rudy Gay Trade
Sacramento still has interest in Monta Ellis while the Pacers would prefer to deal Rodney Stuckey.

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Wizards, Spurs, Wolves, Hornets, Blazers, Mavs, Magic In Mix For Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi had a breakout season for the Pacers in 15-16.

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Spurs, Nets, Bulls Interested In Jordan Hill
Jordan Hill spent last season with the Pacers.

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Solomon Hill Agrees To Four-Year, $52M Deal With Pelicans
The Pacers declined their fourth-year option on Solomon Hill in what has become a controversial decision.

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Al Jefferson Agrees To Three-Year, $30M Deal With Pacers
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Pacers Talked Rudy Gay Deal With Kings Before Acquiring Thad Young
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Pacers Acquire Thaddeus Young From Nets For 20th Overall Pick
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Paul George Accepts Invitation To Play In Olympics
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