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What They’re Saying – February 27

Pacers' forward Paul George returned to full practice for the first time, since injuring his right leg in August. During the practice, George participated in 5-on-5 scrimmaging and shot around with his teammates. There has yet to be a date set for PG’s return, but he said he is excited to be back on the court. ESPN- "In some ways, George already looks like his old self. He smiled and slapped hands with team ...

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Pacers Discuss Paul George Injury, Recovery in Part 2 of “The Road Back”

Bleacher Report has been chronicling Paul George's comeback in a video series titled "The Road Back." In the first episode, we heard directly from Paul and his parents about the night of his horrific leg injury in the USA Basketball Showcase and the first few weeks of his rehab. The second episode, released this morning, primarily features other members of the Pacers organization. Several of George's teamma ...

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C.J. Miles Puts A Ring On It

While in sunny Cancun enjoying his All-Star break, Pacers swingman C.J. Miles proposed to his girlfriend Lauren Smith. Miles posted a picture of Smith's hand with the new piece of hardware on it to his Instagram account. Came all the way down to Cancun to give half my closet away smh lol #ThrewInTheTowel #DontWannaBeAPlayaNoMore #OffTheMarketLadies #NoDmsMa #OkImDone lol #StillTheHashGawdEvenThoImGettingMar ...

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Back To The Future: Frank Vogel Edition

Before last night’s game, Pacers coach Frank Vogel held his usual pregame media scrum in the hallway outside of the Pacers locker room. Some questions pertained to the game itself, but many were about the significance the coach prowling the opposing sideline, Gregg Popovich, who was on the precipice of career win number 1,000. Vogel, like many coaches, spoke about Popovich with reverence, calling him a tact ...

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Pollard over Duncan? Well, Maybe

San Antonio had the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NBA draft, having been stratospherically lucky by winning the lottery despite having the third-worst record the previous season. Tim Duncan, the All-American center from Wake Forest, was the consensus choice to go first, but Gregg Popovich had his doubts. He liked this center out of Kansas, Scot Pollard. “It's a true story,” Popovich said before the Spurs played th ...

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Dean Smith

I first met Dean Smith in of all places, the old gym at St. John’s.  I was there as a student with my college coach, Rodger Bearde of Wilkes University.  He was recruiting some of New York City’s best players.  Sitting in the stands watching the New York Catholic League playoff games was quite the thrill for this wide-eyed kid. The loudest person in our little section of the stands was this young Italian co ...

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Talkin’ Hoops with POTUS

I’ve asked President Obama more than a few questions in my life.  Sure, a bunch of them came in two different radio interviews when he was a Senator and was running for Highest Office in the Land. When he became President, I did get a chance to ask him a few questions the night he spoke at Notre Dame’s graduation exercises.  But this time, I had NO IDEA I was going to get a chance to ask him a question and ...

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