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Risen Introduced City to New Era in Pro Basketball

  Arnie Risen was Indianapolis' first professional star basketball player, a future NBA All-Star and Hall of Fame center who helped bring the city its first significant championship. He also unwittingly ushered in the era of basketball as an occasionally unpleasant business that can punish players, fans and owners alike. His acquisition lit up a franchise and its fan base But, his coarse disposal left ...

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Miller, Daniels Gain Immortality

Reggie Miller, who built a career on having the last word on the basketball court, got it again Friday night at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony. Watch Full Reggie Enshrinement » Watch Full Mel Daniels Enshrinement » The unofficial headliner of the event, Miller went last among the inductees in Springfield, Mass., mixing heartfelt sincerity with his trademark humor. Former Pacers center Mel Dan ...

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Mel Daniels Released From Hospital, Resting at Home

Mel Daniels will speak at his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame tonight. But it will be via videotape. Daniels, who returned home Friday morning, recorded his acceptance speech from his St. Vincent's Hospital room on Thursday, where he had been admitted on Tuesday with a urinary tract disorder. "I'm better, but tired," he told "I need to rest and take it easy for a few days." D ...

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Practice? Reggie was talking about practice!

You can have the 8 points in 8.9 seconds or the 25-point fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden, the  pair of overtime-forcing heroics in New Jersey, the 41-point series-saving performance against Milwaukee at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, or any of those other classic playoff memories Reggie Miller left in the wake of his 18 seasons with the Pacers. The echo that lives in my brain is of his voice. In the hallw ...

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An Unlikely Tale for a Late Starter (Part 2)

An Unlikely Tale for a Late Starter (Part 2) by Mark Montieth September 6, 2012 Editor's Note: This is part two of a two-part series on Pacers Hall of Famer Mel Daniels. Click to see Part I. The numbers speak loudly, but only anecdotes can illustrate Daniels' intangibles. Only four games into his first season with the Pacers, after a 1-3 start, a story ran in the Indianapolis News that Daniels was upset wit ...

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An Unlikely Tale for a Late Starter (Part 1)

Editor's Note: This is part one of a two-part series on Pacers Hall of Famer Mel Daniels. Click to see Part II. The versions of the story vary slightly, but offer the same conclusion. According to Will Robinson, phys ed teacher and basketball coach at Detroit's Pershing High School, the name on his class roll had gone unclaimed for a couple of weeks, so he went looking for the truant. He finally caught him ...

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Pacers Lose a Most Valuable Player

A basketball team consists of more than men in uniform. All of the people in the locker room before, during and immediately after the games contribute to the final score, whether they're dropping game-winning threes or treating knees. That's why the passing of Dr. F. Robert Brueckmann on Aug. 20 had special meaning to the veterans within the Pacers organization. He was the team physician from the franchise' ...

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Ex-Pacers Player Soared in Retirement

Filtered through the numbers on the back page of a media guide, Warren Jabali's lone season with the Indiana Pacers was forgettable. Plagued by physical ailments, he averaged 11 points and 4.8 rebounds over 62 games in 1970-71, and was released at the start of training camp the following season. That's an out-of-context view, however. Jabali was one of the most unique talents in the American Basketball Asso ...

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Roundfield had indelible impact on the Pacers

Dan Roundfield, who passed away last week from a heroic drowning accident, played just three seasons for the Pacers in the 1970s, but he made an indelible impact on the franchise – both by arriving and by leaving. The greatest impact came when he became a free agent and signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks in 1978, flexing his hard-earned free agency muscle with a decision nobody could dispute. The Pace ...

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Ready to Begin a New Experience

I'd like to say I've aspired to work for the Indiana Pacers' website since I was a young boy back in the 1960s, but that would be a lie for obvious reasons. Like most kids then, I really was hoping to sell iPads. You just never know how things are going to turn out in life, though, so here I am, ready to begin a new experience: writing for It's an endeavor that will allow me to draw from my vast ...

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