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Agness’ Observations: Training Camp 2013

The Pacers opened training camp at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sept. 28. The team will have three two-a-days -- Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday -- before hosting the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 5. In addition to my stories from camp, I'll share my daily observations from each practice below. Friday, Oct. 4 -- Practice No. 10 + Camp was a huge success for the Pacers number one, because they survived without any real ...

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Granger ‘looking good’, will be a full participant in training camp

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel says Danny Granger is looking good and will be a full participant in training camp. He has been scrimmaging with guys for the past two weeks and is hungry to return to his old self. "Danny's confident," said veteran David West. "Danny feels good about where he is, and he’s hungry." Granger's status is undoubtedly the biggest question for the Pacers entering training camp, which ...

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Reaction to Paul George’s contract extension

Paul George had a big day Wednesday, signing his name to a five-year extension with the Pacers that puts him with the team until the end of the 2018-19 season. As a social media junkie -- George has more than 312K Twitter followers and 322K followers on Instagram -- the fourth-year player received lots of congratulatory messages on Twitter. One of the more meaningful notes, non-Twitter related, came from th ...

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Drafting George wasn’t an easy call for Bird

Larry Bird's selection of Paul George with the 10th pick in the 2010 draft was an obvious home run. It could turn out to be a grand slam, if George fulfills the expectations that go with receiving a max-level contract. But while George might now look like a no-brainer choice, it wasn't that simple on draft night. Bird nearly took North Carolina forward Ed Davis. “When I went down to the draft, I really didn ...

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Season-long bragging rights on the line at Pacers paintball challenge

Just ahead of the training camp, the pressures that come with a new season and the pressures for some to earn a roster spot, the Pacers are having an exhilarating team-bonding exercise Tuesday afternoon. For the second straight year, the players will be paintballing in central Indiana. "Everybody is excited for that," said Paul George, one of the top paintball players on the team. "I don’t want to get too b ...

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Pacers are ultimate bang for buck in pro sports

The Pacers received national praise last week when they were ranked No. 3 in ESPN The Magazine's list of Best Sports Franchises. NBA teams took the first four spots: 1) Memphis Grizzlies, 2) San Antonio Spurs 3) Pacers, 4) Oklahoma City Thunder. As a sidebar in this week's ESPN The Magazine 'The Franchise Issue,' the story says the Pacers are offering the best value in sports. They cite affordable ticket de ...

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George on Granger: ‘He looks like he’s 98 percent ready’

The biggest question surrounding the Pacers isn't whether Paul George is going to get a new contract -- it's just a matter of time -- but rather how forward Danny Granger is looking. Last year, Granger missed all but five games due to a left knee injury. He was shut down during the first week in March and opted for surgery on April 4. In regards to his health, "I’m good," he provided last week. "I’m doing g ...

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Reports: Paul George Agrees to 5-year Extension

Editor's Note: This story is ongoing and is being updated as events unfold. Last update: 12:49 PM. Late Sunday night, Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarski and Mark J. Spears cited league sources that Pacers forward Paul George will re-sign this week for five years, $90 million dollars. Y! Sources (w/ @SpearsNBAYahoo): Indiana finalizing a 5-year, $90 million-plus max extension with Paul George. ...

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Slick Leonard Shoots His Age

He needed to sink a 65-foot putt on the final hole to do it, so it seemed about as likely as a lightning bolt piercing the afternoon's blue sky. But then what's the big deal about a putt when you've hit as big a free throw as a basketball player can hit? They don't call Bob Leonard “Slick” for nothing. He made the putt to finish Tuesday's round of golf at Plum Creek with an 81. An 81 for an 81-year-old. He ...

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ESPN The Magazine: Pacers Named Third-Best Sports Franchise of 2013

The combination of a successful season with affordable tickets, a top-shelf arena and likable players has the Pacers in the top tier of ESPN The Magazine's new list of Best Sports Franchises. The Pacers finished No. 3, just behind the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs. NBA teams filled out the top four spots as the Oklahoma City Thunder came in fourth. The Green Bay Packers (5), Arizona Diamondbac ...

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