Jun 13, 2013 8:56 PM EDT
Roy Hibbert shed light on his friendship with Tim Duncan.
"I met him when I was a kid — in 2001 during the NBA All-Star Game in D.C.," Hibbert said. "I actually had a chance to meet him, and he actually remembers that moment. So that was pretty fun. We talk, text, share, like, scouting reports on other teams and things like that. I sent him mine for the Heat. Just a friendship."
Hibbert and Duncan share reports though not to the extent that it could give one a potential over the other.
"To tell the truth, when we compete against each other, we have respect," Hibbert said. "We're friends off the court. But on the court, he's trying to go at [me] and I'm trying to go at [him]. We've gotta make sure our teams win. But I learn from him, and — you know, he's the best, so I don't know if he picks anything up from me. But I definitely learn from him."
Jun 13, 2013 1:10 PM EDT
Donnie Walsh and Kevin Pritchard declared that re-signing David West will be their top priority for the 2013-14 offseason.
“We want him back as much as you can want anyone back,” Walsh said. “We think he’s one of the anchors of the team.”
Added Pritchard: “(West) knows we’re in a great position moving forward. He’s priority No. 1 and come July 1 (the start of free agency) we’ll have a lot of conversations.”
West has stated his desire to return to the Pacers.
“I’m not (expletive) dumb,” West said. “I don’t plan on going anywhere. This is my team. These are my guys.”
Jun 11, 2013 12:34 PM EDT
Larry Bird has informed the Sacramento Kings that he is no longer interested in a front office position with the franchise.
Bird is considering a return to the Indiana Pacers after taking a sabbatical this season.
The Kings have already interviewed Chris Wallace, Travis Schlenk, David Morway, Mike Dunleavy and Chris Mullin, among others.
Kenny Smith will also speak with Vivek Ranadive about a position with the Kings, while Chris Webber has also expressed interest in a personnel job.
Jun 09, 2013 12:34 AM EDT
The Denver Nuggets have received permission to interview Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins for their head coaching vacancy.
The Nuggets are likely to interview a small group of candidates, based on previous reports.
Pete D'Alessandro remains a top candidate for the team’s general manager vacancy.
Jun 07, 2013 9:32 PM EDT
Donnie Walsh has no idea if Larry Bird will return as president of the Indiana Pacers.
Walsh spoke with Bird shortly before the playoffs began and didn't glean anything about his plans.
“I told him he should come back, but he didn't really give me an answer, so I said that's the last time I was going to ask,” Walsh said. “And it was.”
The Sacramento Kings are interested in Bird leading their front office. Should Bird take the job, he would face a rebuilding job even greater than the one he spearheaded with the Pacers.
“It takes a lot of courage to go do it the first time,” Walsh said. “Do you want to do it again and rebuild the team? It won't be fun. It's not fun. And you're going to lose (for awhile).”
Walsh is willing to resume retirement if Bird returns to the Pacers front office.
“The only way I'd come back is if (Bird) would say, 'I need you to help me with this,' or something like that,” Walsh said. “I know I could do that. In that role you can call people in the league and find out a lot of things. You're not the GM or the president.”
Jun 05, 2013 1:01 PM EDT
The Brooklyn Nets have received permission from the Indiana Pacers to interview Brian Shaw.
Shaw has emerged as the Nets' top target.
Billy King is expected to speak with Shaw in the coming days and a formal offer could be forthcoming.
King has done extensive due diligence on Shaw over the past few weeks.
Shaw was a popular choice to replace Phil Jackson as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011.
Jun 04, 2013 7:04 PM EDT
TNT's coverage of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals drew a record 11.5 million viewers.
The game between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers was the largest audience in TNT's 29-year history of broadcasting the NBA.
Locally, the game averaged a 31.7 rating in Miami, but just 21.9 in Indianapolis.
Roy Hibbert expressed frustration with the national media following Game 6, saying "Y'all (expletive) don't watch us play."
The NBA will soon begin renegotiating national television contracts.
Jun 04, 2013 12:55 PM EDT
The Brooklyn Nets have identified Brian Shaw as a leading candidate to become their next head coach.
Shaw is currently an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers.
Shaw has been a strong candidate for several head coaching vacancies in recent seasons.
Jun 04, 2013 12:22 AM EDT
David West will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but he has been adamant that he wants to return to the Indiana Pacers.
After the Pacers' season-ending loss in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, West reiterated his plans.
"This is my group," West said. "These are my guys. I can't see myself going anywhere else."
West averaged 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds this season.
Jun 03, 2013 8:33 PM EDT
Paul George will become eligible for a contract extension this offseason and would become a restricted free agent in the 2014 offseason if a deal with the Indiana Pacers is reached.
“I would hope," George said when asked about getting a maximum contract. “I would hope. Max guys get the job done at this time (the playoffs).’’
George said he is clearly focusing on the playoffs at this point.
“I haven’t really put my mind to that right now,’’ said George. “I really want to focus on what’s at the plate now."
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Roy Hibbert apologized on Sunday for using a gay slur.
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David West will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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The Clippers will have to entice David West with the $5.15 million midlevel exception available to teams that are non-taxpayers.
George Hill sat out Thursday night's Game 5 against the Knicks.
Gani Lawal has already scheduled workouts – private and as part of mini-camps – with the Pacers, Raptors and Magic.
George Hill believes he suffered the injury when being hit in the head by Tyson Chandler.
Reggie Miller has been in broadcasting since retiring from the NBA, but he has been frequently mentioned as a candidate for a front office position with the Pacers.
The Pacers want to keep David West and believe they can afford him in free agency this offseason.
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