/ Sep 20, 2014 / 3:30 pm
The Indiana Pacers’ prospects for the 2014-2015 season took a drastic turn in early August when superstar wing Paul George was lost for the year due to a broken leg. Combining George’s absence with the free agency departure of Lance Stephenson leaves the Pacers without their two top playmakers, making offense even more difficult for a team that labored as much as any on that end down the stretch of 2013-2014.
Of those players expected to pick up the scoring slack is guard C.J. Watson, who shored up one of his team’s biggest weaknesses last season by providing consistent two-way play off the bench. Watson took time from his busy offseason schedule recently to talk with Dime, and painted a measured, realistic picture of Indy’s adjusted place among the league hierarchy in 2014-2015. And if the Pacers defy expectations and emerge as legitimate threats in the Eastern Conference, you can bet an ultra-aggressive Watson will be helping to lead the charge. Considering Watson’s rare, winding, and unlikely path to such a rock solid career, we certainly wouldn’t be shocked if that ultimately proves the case. Read More »
With the release of basketball gaming king NBA 2K15 less than a month away, we project the ratings for the game’s top-20 players. Note that these rankings were gleaned from considering the final player ratings of 2K14 and simple player analysis, factoring in progression and regression. No exclusive knowledge nor personal bias was used in compiling them, either. Our projected rating follows the player’s name, with the difference between his final rating in last year’s game and our projection noted in parentheses. Read More »
This morning’s bizarre barrage of tweets by Paul George bemoaning the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice for punching his then-fiancé has been met with some understated outrage — primarily because George apologized and removed the tweets. Still, Pacers president of basketball ops, Larry Bird, felt the need to address them in a statement released by the team. Read More »
Another day another NBA player is talking about Ray Rice on Twitter and coming off poorly. After Joel Embiid‘s terrible attempt at levity in the Rice fiasco, Paul George spent time defending Ray Rice this morning on Twitter before deleting the offending tweets and apologizing to women everywhere. Read More »
When Nike took a chance in 1984-85 to give a rookie out of North Carolina by the name of Michael Jordan his own sneaker line, the marketing world in sports changed forever. Nike has become one of the most recognized brands in the world, while MJ has built an empire that is producing millions from retro releases. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 11:15 am
It’s been a less than ideal offseason for the Indiana Pacers. After consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances, Lance Stephenson left for Charlotte in free agency, and Paul George suffered a season-ending injury while playing for Team USA. Add to the fact that the other centerpiece of the team, Roy Hibbert, struggled mightily in the second half of last season, and there are a lot of question marks in Indiana. But fans of the team might find comfort in knowing that George Hill has been having a great summer.
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/ Aug 21, 2014 / 8:00 pm
Anytime you have winners you’re bound to have some people that lose. This year’s summer is no exception: there were plenty of teams and players who “lost” this past offseason. After counting down this summer’s “winners,” it’s only right that we give an equal share of the limelight to those whose situation was less fortunate than their NBA counterparts. Let’s take a look at some of the “Biggest Losers” of the offseason (sorry…there’s no association to the weight loss show on this one, unless we’re counting LeBron’s newer, skinnier body as a loss). Read More »
Don’t count Paul George among those gleaning big-picture concerns from his injury playing for Team USA. In his first public appearance since gruesomely breaking his leg on national television and sparking a debate on the viability of NBA players on the international stage, George deflected blame from USA Basketball and espoused optimism of his road to recovery. Read More »
/ Aug 14, 2014 / 12:45 pm
It was hard for us not to ask Stephen Curry to pose back-to-back and see if maybe we had a fraction of an inch on him. We’re 6-3, but Steph seemed slightly shorter, even though his ropey arms, made taut with coiled muscles, made our reluctance to work out more obvious as our morning with him wore on. Perhaps that’s also why he was so easy to talk with, even after he’d gone through the paces a few times before chatting with Dime during a DEGREE Men event earlier this week. Read More »
Injured Indiana Pacers superstar and USA Basketball fixture Paul George filed the necessary paperwork by a March deadline to change his jersey number to 13 this season, so avoided being subject to paying for all of his merchandise on the market that still bore No. 24. But George, ever-charitable and generally awesome despite his unfortunate circumstances, did so anyway, gifting the never-worn apparel to his thrilled high school alma mater. Read More »