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May 27, 2016 3:17 AM

Golden State survives to a Game 6. What defensive adjustments made it possible, and what are their chances against the Thunder on the road?  

Mike D'Antoni and David Fizdale are hired in Houston and Memphis, respectively (23:00).  Plus, a look at the Pacers' offseason. (39:00) Should they re-sign Ian Mahinmi, and how should they use their $24-$31 million in cap space?

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Frank Vogel Denies 'Begging' Larry Bird To Remain With Pacers

May 25, 2016 7:56 PM

Frank Vogel denied comments made by Larry Bird that he begged to remain head coach of the Indiana Pacers during the morning before he was let go. Bird made those remarks during his press conference explaining the decision.

"I was OK with that. Larry's going to speak his mind. A lot of people talked to me about it who didn't like that and it's probably an inaccurate perception that I was begging him to stay. ... I fully respect Larry and the process. He knew it was going to be an unpopular move but he did what he had to do.

"I felt like we were on the verge of some big things. We stood toe-to-toe with a 56-win team. I told my team after the series that we're poised ....  I felt like I was going to be able to do that with this group. That was my only mention to Larry."

Vogel said he and Bird shared the same philosophy on how they wanted the Pacers to play.

That’s a misconception about this whole view. Larry and I have been very well aligned all the way through these six years, including the decision to try to play faster and smaller this year," Vogel said. "This is not something I was resistant to. It’s a style of play I’m going to try to implement with the Orlando Magic. ... There was a lot made about Larry vs. Frank and the differences. But throughout the whole process, we were very well aligned.

'It wasn't about difference of opinion or difference of philosophy. It was about change."

Vogel has since been hired as head coach of the Orlando Magic.

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Nate McMillan Ranks 92nd Out Of 95 NBA Coaches Since 2001 In Pace

May 17, 2016 11:51 AM

The Indiana Pacers have wanted to play at a faster pace over the past year and made a coaching change this offseason replacing Frank Vogel with Nate McMillan.

McMillan's teams as head coach have played at a slow pace, ranking 24th, 27th, 15th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 29th, 30th, 30th, and 30th.

Since 2001, there have been 95 coaches to coach an NBA team for at least one full season. McMillan ranks 92nd in terms of pace. The only teams that have played slower have been Kevin O’Neill’s Raptors, Michael Curry’s Pistons, and Mike Fratello’s Grizzlies.

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Nate McMillan Named Head Coach Of Pacers

May 16, 2016 12:56 PM

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. "When I heard he was interested, I got in touch with him, met with him and in our conversation I came away with all the confidence in the world in Nate to lead our franchise to where we want to go. His experience as a player, head coach and assistant coach in the NBA are valuable assets for us."

"I want to thank Larry, Herb Simon and the Pacers for this opportunity, which is a great opportunity," said McMillan. "I've been around this franchise three years and understand what the expectations are and look forward to working hard to try to meet them. We have a good team and good base to build from. I'm very anxious to get started."

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Pacers To Promote Nate McMillan To Head Coach

May 14, 2016 9:38 PM

The Indiana Pacers are finalizing a deal to promote Nate McMillan to head coach.

McMillan had been an assistant coach for the Pacers under Frank Vogel.

The Pacers parted ways with Vogel this offseason.

McMillan was last a head coach with the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Jeff Hornacek, Nate McMillan, Brian Shaw Considered Candidates For Pacers

May 5, 2016 1:22 PM

Jeff Hornacek is expected to become a candidate for the Indiana Pacers' head coaching vacancy.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports Nate McMillan and Brian Shaw are also candidates.

The Pacers parted ways with Frank Vogel at the end of the season.

The Phoenix Suns fired Hornacek midseason.

Larry Bird would like to see an improvement in the Pacers' offense.

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Pacers Part Ways With Frank Vogel

May 5, 2016 11:08 AM

The Indiana Pacers have parted ways with Frank Vogel.

Vogel became head coach of the Pacers in 2011.

"I know it’s not going to be a 100 percent popular move. All I think about is the franchise," said Larry Bird in announcing the move.

Bird began to consider a coaching change around the All-Star break.

Vogel led the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2013 and 2014.

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Frank Vogel's Contract With Pacers Set To Expire, No Discussion On Extension

May 2, 2016 12:31 PM

The contract of Frank Vogel with the Indiana Pacers expires at the end of this season and there's been no discussion of an extension.

Vogel became interim head coach of the Pacers in 2011, replacing Jim O'Brien.

Vogel led the Pacers to consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2013 and 2014.

Vogel signed a multi-year extension with the Pacers in 2014.

There could be a number of teams interested in Vogel if he hits the open market.

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Chase Budinger Waived By Pacers

Mar 5, 2016 11:18 AM

The Indiana Pacers have requested waivers on Chase Budinger.

Acquired from Minnesota in a trade last July, Budinger played in 49 games (starting two), averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

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Myles Turner, Karl-Anthony Towns Named Rookies Of The Month

Mar 3, 2016 8:52 PM

Myles Turner and Karl-Anthony Towns have been named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.

Turner, who earned Rookie of the Month honors for the first time, ranked third among East first-year players in scoring (13.4 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg) and minutes (29.8 mpg). He also shot 51.0 percent from the field, the second-best mark for East rookies. Turner recorded his first two career double-doubles during the month and produced a run of nine straight double-digit scoring games. On Feb. 19, Turner scored 16 points and blocked a career-high six shots in a 101-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, part of a 4-1 stretch for the Pacers.

Towns, the Western Conference winner for the fourth month in a row, led all rookies in scoring (21.1 ppg), rebounding (11.8 rpg) and minutes (34.6 mpg), and ranked third in field goal percentage (53.7) and blocked shots (1.64 bpg). He posted double-doubles in nine of 11 games, including a 30-point, 15-rebound performance in a 112-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 27. Towns scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 117-112 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 10, and he matched his career high with 17 rebounds to go with 26 points in a 112-105 win over the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 6.

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Ty Lawson In Strong Talks On Deal With Pacers
Ty Lawson and the Pacers are in "strong discussions" on a possible deal.

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Pacers Offering George Hill To Hawks In Package For Jeff Teague
Jeff Teague is signed for just $8 million during the 16-17 season before becoming a free agent in 2017.

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Rodney Stuckey Out Two Weeks With Injured Foot
Rodney Stuckey has a sprain and bone bruise in his right foot.

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Paul George Fined $35,000 For Public Criticism Of Refs, Profanity
Paul George has received a fine of $35,000 for public criticism of officiating and for using profanity during a live television interview.

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Jordan Hill Has Been Better Than Pacers Expected
Jordan Hill has exceeded the expectations of the Indiana Pacers this season, who they signed in free agency.

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Rakeem Christmas Named D-League Player Of The Week
Rakeem Christmas led Fort Wayne to a 3-0 week behind averages 24.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks.

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Pelicans Interested In Solomon Hill
Quincy Pondexter remains sidelined as he recovers from knee surgery and Solomon Hill would give the Pelicans depth at small forward.

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Pacers Make Solomon Hill Available In Trade Talks
Solomon Hill was a first round pick in 2013 but has fallen out of favor despite averaging 29.0 minutes per game last season.

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Stephen Curry, Paul George Named Players Of The Month
Stephen Curry and Paul George have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for November.

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Paul George, Kevin Durant Named Players Of The Week
Kevin Durant and Paul George have been named the NBA's Player of the Week.

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Vogel: Paul George Is Best Two-Way Player In NBA
Paul George is leading the Pacers in scoring and rebounding, while ranking second in assists.

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Myles Turner Undergoes Successful Surgery On Left Thumb
Myles Turner is expected to miss six weeks for the Pacers.

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Myles Turner Out At Least Four Weeks With Fracture In Thumb
Myles Turner sustained a chip fracture in his left thumb.

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Pacers Decline 16-17 Option On Solomon Hill
The Pacers' team option on Solomon Hill was worth just $2.3 million.

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Paul George Fined $10,000 For Criticizing Officials
"We felt like it was a lot of bad calls," Paul George said after the Pacers lost to the Raptors.

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Pacers Waive Toney Douglas
Toney Douglas played in five preseason games and averaged 6.6 points and 1.6 assists per game.

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential
The Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

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Pacers Waive Kadeem Jack, C.J. Fair
C.J. Fair played in five preseason games and averaged 1.6 points per game.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Indiana Pacers Preview With Candace Buckner
Candace Buckner joins Nate Duncan to preview the Pacers season and discuss the latest on Paul George at the 4.

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Pacers Sign Kadeem Jack
Kadeem Jack is a 6-9, 235 lb. forward that played collegiately at Rutgers.

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