Found October 03, 2013 on
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By: Doug Jeffrey
I am not going to sit here and say how extraordinary we expect the Heat to be; their rings, lineup, and the guy wearing #6 speak for themselves. Let’s jump into a more interesting topic in the East: the Indiana Pacers. The Pacer’s look to improve with the addition of Chris Copeland, C.J. Watson and the return of Danny Granger. The NBA is eager to see new found superstar Paul George compete with the best in the league, and take on a leadership role for a newfound NBA Finals contender. Although the Pacer’s lost Tyler Hansbrough and DJ Augustine, we cannot underestimate the low post presence of David West and Roy Hibbert. The Pacer’s have one of the more talented backcourts in the NBA, consisting of terrific ball-handlers, shooters, and guys who can attack the basket. That, combined with a powerful rebounding occurrence makes the Indiana Pacers extremely powerful. Frank Vogel brings a spark of energy to this team, and honestly I believe the Pacers are the most unselfish team in the East. I expect the Pacers to finish second in the East this year, and give the Heat the best run for their money.
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On Wednesday Pacers coach Frank Vogel revealed a bit of his rotation plan when he declared that 6-foot-8 forward Chris Copeland will play “90 percent of the time” this season at the power forward position.
As the Pacers divided into two squads for a 12-minute 5-on-5 scrimmage Copeland subbed in for Luis Scola on the White team. Of course this meant that Copeland – who has...
Indiana Pacers defensive anchor, Roy Hibbert, wants to join USA Basketball and Team USA would likely be more than happy to take him on, as they’ve been incredibly thin at the center position in recent memory. Hibbert, 7-2 and close to 300 lbs, would serve as the perfect defensive anchor for Team USA if he should find a way around the many small obstacles currently in his way. Hibbert...
Roy Hibbert's summer was most likely a good one. He likely improved some part of his game, built some muscle and put on weight. His summer was incomplete however.
Something he desperately wanted to do was left beyond his reach.
Trying out for, being a part of and, eventually, playing for Team USA.
That is still Hibbert's seemingly unattainable dream. Hibbert was...
Danny Granger did not participate in Wednesday's practice due to back soreness.
“He tweaked his back yesterday,” Vogel said. “His knee was doing really, really good. No concerns there. But he got hit with a screen yesterday and kinda jerked his back out of whack.”
Granger played in just five seasons due to patellar tendinosis.
Everyone is thrilled that basketball season begins in three short days as the Pacers host the Chicago Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Training camp however is draining for all parties involved.
For the coaches it’s a ton of planning and deciding what to work on in each session. It’s determining the lineups pushing the players but also understanding that nothing is won in training...
Knicks’ Tyson Chandler says he was motivated from being dominated by Pacers’ Roy Hibbert in last season’s playoffs to get better during the offseason.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN NY:
Instead, he found motivation in another form: visions of Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers dominating the New York Knicks in the playoffs.
“I vowed to myself I would never let that happen...