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Paul George suffered a guesome injury a few days ago in the USA Basketball scrimmage. What does this mean for the Pacers in 2014-15? What about the direction of the Pacers going forward? Should they make a rebuilding move before or during this season? Can they even make the playoffs this season? In regards to USA Basketball, will this change things going forward? Will guys elect to not play in international play, or will their teams restrict players from being a part of USA Basketball?
If Rajon Rondo is truly available, there is one team where he'd be such a good fit that it might make the Miami Heat the second choice among oddsmakers to win the NBA title.
And if Larry Bird can get his hands on Rondo, the Indiana Pacers would be that team.
Word was spreading on Twitter yesterday that Celtics GM Danny Ainge was seeking two unprotected first-round draft picks in any deal involving Rondo, and I tweeted my immediate reaction -- the Pacers have probably already made a call to see if that is true
I discussed this possibility even further in this interview with Chris Moore and Brian Jones of CBS Sports Radio, also offering my thoughts on the possibility of Carmelo Anthony and/or Kevin Love getting moved (no and no).
But let's delve into the Rondo to the Pacers possibility, and see if it could make sense for both teams.
_ First, the Celtics would want to move Gerald Wallace's contract in that deal, and the salaries for Rondo and Wallace add up to $22.06 million.
_ Second, two unprotected first-round picks from the Pacers are not the equivalent of, say, two first-round picks from the Bucks. So my guess would be that Indiana would have to throw in a third first-rounder (and they could not include their 2014 pick, since that is already going to the Phoenix Suns)
_The Celtics would not want any onerous long-term salary commitments in this deal, but they would want a serviceable player if they had to take back a second player aside from Danny Granger ($14.02 million expiring deal). That player could be George Hill, who earns $8 million in each of the next three seasons.
What to make of the Pacers' come-from-behind vicory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Well, for starters, it provided some validation for Indiana after their scintillating start to the season. showing that they have the goods (and the composure) to compete with the two-time defending champs.
But when will REAL validation come? How about a week from now when the two teams meet in Miami?
In this interview on the Big O show on AM640 in Miami, Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops discusses how much of a threat this version of the Pacers are to the Heat -- especially given the upgrades Indiana made in the offseason, but with the caveat that the return of Danny Granger could be a good thing or a bad thing now that Paul George has become to go-to guy in the rotation.
Other topics covered include the Rudy Gay trade, a gang member with face tattoos, and the effects of drinking too much cough syrup. Enjoy.
one of the greatest movies ever made indiana jones. these films were awesome and there been copycat movies out there like the mummy and tomb raider. but if it wasn't for indiana jones we wouldn't have these spin off or copycats. but what was your favorite indiana jones movie when u were growing up as a kid. plus what u think of the young indy shows after the third one came out. harrison ford was the best indiana jones and now there talk about a reboot movies. no word on who going play him. but i hope it turns out good and stay true to the classic ones that harrison ford did. but call in and tell us what u think of the first four movies and the upcoming reboot.
When you make it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, you are an elite team. Period.
But that does not mean you are a legitimate championship contending team.
And if the Indiana Pacers are going to take that next step, they need to upgrade their backcourt in some way. George Hill and Lance Stephenson are nice players ... but that's the nicest thing you can say about them. When one of the other, or both, had a bad game in the playoffs, the Pacers usually lost.
So what is the cure?
Well, for starters, Rajon Rondo is out there to be had. So is Eric Gordon.
Do the Pacers have the assets to acquire either of them? That's the tough part of the equation. Boston wants no part of George Hill's contract, which pays him $8 million per season for three more years. Boston wants no part of Gerald Green. It's a been-there, done-that sort of thing.
Certainly Paul George and the expiring contract of Danny Granger could get it done, but Larry Bird would never trade his best player for a wingnut like Rondo. But what about Granger and three future first-round picks? Would that get it done?
I discussed that issue, along with the additions of Chris Copeland and C.J. Watson in this interview with Michael Grady and Joe Staysniak on 1070-The Fan in Indianapolis this morning.
Join JT LIVE as he breakdown The Miami Heat vs The Indiana Pacers, in a pivotal game 6 match up from Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana. Can the Heat close out the Pacers? Or can the Pacers force a game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals? You don't want to miss this show!
Join the Indiana Photographer of the Year 2014 for an in depth look at what its like to now be the coolest guy in Indiana. I've know Chris for a few years now, and it's a joy to watch his talent grow, through education and putting those experiences into practice. Be there to hear first hand what the coolest guy in Indiana knows.
The Miami Heat do not intimidate the Indiana Pacers. That much was very, very clear in their matchup Wednesday night.
But you know what intimidates the Pacers? The moment.
We saw it last year in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals when they looked like deer in the headlights. And we saw it again Wednesday night when George Hill went to the line with 1.8 seconds left and a chance to put Indiana ahead by 3 -- and promptly missed both free throws.
My biggest question regarding the Pacers is whether they have the moxie and the confidence to get the job done in a winner-take-all game.
And we already know that the Miami Heat possess those characteristics.
More on that subject, plus a spirited defense of the Philadelphia 76ers, in this interview on 1070-TheFan with Michael O'Grady and Joe Staysniak on "The Grady & Big Joe Show" in Indianapolis.
There was some amazing news this week!! Indiana, my home state, had finally legalized gay marriage! A federal judge ruled that Indiana's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, and did not order an immediate stay. For about 48 hours, we had marriage equality in the state, then a stay was ordered late Friady evening.
We've talked about gay marraige before on the show, but let's talk again. Why not?
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Join us this evening as Mary Harper joins us from Indiana's St. Joeseph County. The question we all should be asking is: How did a child custody case end up in a probate court? Who died?
My name is Mary. I live in South Bend Indiana which would be St. Joseph County jurisdiction. I am a Mother, a USAF reservist and a college student. I am of sound character reaching out to acknowledge there is a legitimate problem with the practices of law in this St. Joseph Probate System.
I have been put through the ringer fighting for my youngest Daughter Ella, who was taken from me 4 years ago...on my birthday. The Father to Ella...and his corrupt attorney went into the court room of Magistrate Barbara Johnston at the local probate court...accusing me of everything a person could accuse another of, and was granted an emergency petition to take my baby. There was never any evidence produced or showing that any of the charges levied against me were true.
Four years out and a journey of false accusations...mind you I proved wrong, and lengthy continuences...with no evidence from opposing counsel, a magistrate that felt that "order of the court" meant her order and not the law, I am still without my child. I have no criminal record, while my child is with a guy that has had a felony charge and just recently, another battery charge. I have been robbed my of rights...but most of all my child has been ignored by this ungoverned and improperly instructed, supposedly overwhelmed probate system and denied her Momma that Loves her dearly and I might add her two sisters whom I raise on my own, that miss her so.
This biased and unethical magistrate denied me my request for the local agency in this county to come in and see what would have and should have been for the "best interest of the child." My little girl has been put on a roller coaster and I need my baby.
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