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Speaking Quietly, Proclaiming Loudly

Standing near the putting green at the Brickyard Crossing golf course Thursday, David West spoke quietly, but proclaimed loudly. "We're gonna be good, man," he said between greeting fans during the Pacers' annual golf outing. "I'm excited." Well, sure. Preseason talk is a given at all levels in sport. When was the last time you heard a player mutter, "I dunno, I really don't see much to get excited about," ...

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Fesenko to Join Bulls Training Camp

Kyrylo Fesenko will join the Chicago Bulls and compete for a roster spot as the team opens training camp next week, according to reports. The 7-foot-1 center was in Chicago Monday to work out for team officials and is expected to sign a non-guaranteed contract this week. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.com. Fesenko signed with the Pacers in late March as a just-in-case big, and potentially a defens ...

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Amundson Agrees to One-Year Deal With Timberwolves

In one short season with the Pacers, Lou Amundson quickly became a fan favorite. From the loud "LOOOOU" cheers whenever he contributed, to the ponytail shirt that was sold in the team gift shop, he was a guy fans rallied behind. He provided energy off the bench and was willing to get in the paint to do the dirty work. According to Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports Florida, Amundson has been willing to listen to ...

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Catching Up With Coach Vogel: The Not-So-Offseason

Frank Vogel recognizes the importance of the offseason, not only for himself and his staff, but the players. Any player or staff member will tell you in the NBA, there really isn’t an offseason. The Pacers played late into the 2011-12 season, losing in the second round to the Miami Heat. Team officials then had to decide on their plan moving forward – who they need to re-sign, who they will let go and what ...

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Getting Restless, Looking Forward to Season

Training camp starts in just under two weeks. On the one hand, this means the end of summer and my ongoing efforts to become a man of leisure. I like having an endless run of days to do whatever I want whenever I want—who wouldn't?—but there always comes a point where I get restless and look forward to getting back to work. This time around, there are several reasons I'm anticipating the start of another se ...

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Pacers Keeping It In-House, Building Continuity

This summer, there has been a variety of movement from the Pacers' front office on down, but it all comes back to comfort and familiarity. Donnie Walsh, who had previously directed the Pacers for 24 years, returned as President of Basketball Operations. Kevin Pritchard was upgraded to General Manager and Peter Dinwiddie, who has held a couple titles within the organization, was named Vice President of Baske ...

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Pritchard Finds His Way Back to Pacers

In a literal sense, Kevin Pritchard still qualifies as new to Indianapolis and his role with the Indiana Pacers. In a basketball sense, it's as if he's been associated with the franchise for decades. Pritchard grew up in Bloomington, Lawrence Township and Noblesville before his family moved from Indiana to Kansas, and he finished high school in Tulsa, Okla. He attended college at Kansas, then played for fiv ...

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Walsh Back in the Saddle, Enjoying the Ride

There must be times when Donnie Walsh wonders if the past four years were a dream sequence. Did he really spend three seasons in New York to untangle the Knicks' financial web? Did he really live in New York City, in an apartment, away from his wife? Did he really have those three surgeries? Evidence to the contrary can be found in the private bathroom adjacent to his office in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. When ...

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Hill and George Take to Bloomington, Tailgate With Fans

BLOOMINGTON – We’re less than 50 days away from the Pacers’ home opener, and a number of players are doing their part to ensure a strong home court advantage. Just over two weeks ago, Roy Hibbert made final cuts for Area 55 Season 3. Now, George Hill and Paul George are recruiting for the second season of their section at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the G2 Zone. Saturday, Hill and George were in Bloomington to ...

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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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