Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21
Forbes.com "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19
SLAM Online "Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein is expected to be a lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft. How good will Cauley-Stein be at the next level? Pretty damn good, if you believe Larry Bird. According to Cauley-Stein, Bird told him “‘I think you’re a $100 million dollar player” in a pre-draft..." May 18
TMZ.com "Ya can't play basketball forever ... and Roy Hibbert knows it ... telling TMZ Sports he wants to work in Hollywood after his NBA career -- and says his dream job would be to appear on "Tosh.0." The Indiana Pacers star has already gotten his feet wet -- appearing on a few episodes of "Parks and..." May 11
Fox Sports "Indiana Pacers star Paul George came up big this week -- $10,000 big to be exact -- for the family of a girl with cerebral palsy. George donated $10,000 to a GoFundMe account that had been started in April 2014 for the Indiana family of Daisy Esterline, an 11-year-old with the disease. The..." May 06
Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06
SI.com "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 05
Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04
The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27
Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24
Indianapolis Star "When the Indiana Pacers held exit meetings after the season, the six players due to become free agents expressed a desire to return for the 2015-16 campaign, according to Larry Bird, the team's president of basketball operations. "We've got so much money to spend, it's according to what they..." April 20
CBSSports.com "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20
Deadspin.com "Roy Hibbert is an awkward fit in today’s pace-and-space NBA. He doesn’t shoot well near the basket or from distance, he isn’t a particularly gifted passer, and he can’t sprint up and down the court repeatedly. When the Pacers expected to play the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals every year,..." April 20
Indianapolis Star "No one can explain why two-time All-Star Roy Hibbert has played inconsistently on the offensive end. Then again, there's no telling how Hibbert truly felt about his 2014-15 season because he escaped the visitors' locker room in FedEx Arena on Wednesday night without speaking to reporters after the..." April 18
Does new scheme mean Roy Hibbert will be benched, Vogel said: "Possibly." "Roy's role will be diminished." There it is again.
Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17
Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.
Indianapolis Star "The pain, the plucky play and the perseverance all came to an end on Wednesday night. Indiana Pacers fell 95-83 to the Memphis Grizzlies, losing in the final game of the regular season in a failed bid for the final playoff seed. The Pacers could have made the postseason by either winning or..." April 16
ESPN.com "The Indiana Pacers got a scare Wednesday night when forward Paul George had to be carried off the court by teammates midway through the fourth quarter of their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Pacers said he had a sore left calf. "Nothing serious," coach Frank Vogel said. "He got kicked..." April 16
Indianapolis Star "The Indiana Pacers didn't need the style points on Tuesday, only the win. In a must-have game, the Pacers survived for the 99-95 victory over the Washington Wizards inside a sold-out Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana (38-43), as the eighth seed, has secured a one-game lead over the Brooklyn..." April 15
NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14
The Oklahoman "C.J. Miles lined up the corner three and knocked it in – the ensuing swish, ovation and OKC timeout putting a fitting bow on the most nightmare sequence of the Thunder’s nightmare season. With only 5:20 left, Miles’ dagger gave the Pacers a 12-point lead in their eventual 116-104 win over the..." April 13
Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13
Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13
Injury update: C.J. Watson (sore right elbow) is doubtful for tonight’s game. Chris Copeland (injuries to left elbow and abdomen) is out.
ESPN.com "Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was released from a New York hospital two days after a Wednesday morning stabbing incident, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Copeland suffered knife wounds to his left elbow and abdomen, and a source told Anderson the knife blade touched his diaphragm..." April 12
Don't expect CJ Watson to play this week. He's bothered by a sore right elbow, frustrated that he can't help the team pic.twitter.com/64AYsNBDjc
Indianapolis Star "The Indiana Pacers have often repeated the maxim of staying in the fight, which as of late has taken on the meaning of the playoff race. Just when the Pacers' fingertips nearly slipped from a Friday night matchup against the Detroit Pistons – and inside different arenas, the Boston Celtics and..." April 11
Paul George was asked if he was afraid to get hurt again. “Nah, I don’t have any fear. Unless they move the stanchions closer." #pacers
Indy Cornrows "The Indiana Pacers put the New York Knicks down early and held off a fourth quarter run to grab their third straight win. The Pacers led by as many as 28 early in the fourth quarter, but the Knicks would trim the lead to as close as 16, but a C.J. Miles three would halt the New York run as Indiana..." April 09
Per a source close to the situation, Chris Copeland is in ICU after surgery. The knife punctured his diaphragm. His elbow wrapped heavily
Indianapolis Star "As his Indiana Pacers moved on to the next stop on their road trip, Chris Copeland remained hospitalized in New York City on Thursday, recovering from surgery. Copeland released a statement through the team, expressing regret for being out early Wednesday morning when the incident in which he..." April 09
Pro Basketball Talk "Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed between 3 and 4 a.m. Wednesday morning outside a New York nightclub. He suffered wounds serious enough to require surgery, reportedly even going to the ICU afterward. He is the victim. Yet, he’s also apologizing. Pacers release: Chris Copeland..." April 09
The Score "Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland is laid up in a New York City hospital's intensive care unit, recovering from knife wounds to his abdomen, left hand and left elbow, as well as a reported elbow fracture. Copeland suffered the injuries when he was attacked outside a Chelsea nightclub early..." April 09
Indianapolis Star "Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland suffered a puncture to his diaphragm and remained in an intensive care unit on Wednesday. A source close to the situation told the Indianapolis Star that Copeland remained stabilized at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Copeland underwent surgery for injuries..." April 09
I'm told Chris Copeland is still in surgery at this time. Updates later today.
USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08
Copeland didn't get into a fight. His female friend (not wife) helped ward off attacker. Cope got stabbed and broke left elbow. Surgery now.
New York Daily News "A former member of the New York Knicks now playing for the Indiana Pacers was stabbed in the abdomen — and his wife slashed — during an argument at 1 OAK club in Chelsea early Wednesday, cop sources said. Chris Copeland’s attacker was arrested, and two members of the Atlanta Hawks, Pero Antić..." April 08
Indy Cornrows "The 2014 Defensive Player of the Year voting may not have reflected it, but Paul George was one of the stoutest defenders in the league last season. With Roy Hibbert laying in wait at the rim, Indiana's 6-9 small forward was free to mercilessly hound his opponent's passing lanes with the full..." April 06
Miami Herald "Dwyane Wade’s body language spoke volumes, and it was only the second quarter. After another defensive mistake by forward Michael Beasley, this time allowing a wide open dunk, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called a timeout to refocus his team and slow the Pacers’ momentum. Wade heard the timeout..." April 06
USA Today "Paul George received the homecoming welcome Sunday night. From the Indiana Pacers fans filling Bankers Life Fieldhouse and even before the game against the Miami Heat, when a four-star general presented him with honorary dog tags. After recovering from a broken leg suffered eight months ago,..." April 06
Frank Vogel says CJ Watson is OUT tonight (elbow).
With Paul George back in the fold, Chris Copeland joins Shayne Whittington on the inactive list for tonight.
ESPN.com "Paul George has chosen Easter Sunday to make his long-awaited comeback from a gruesome leg injury. George announced via Instagram on Saturday morning that he intends to play in Sunday night's home game against the Miami Heat." April 05
Dr. Hupfer revealed that PG had a second operation in October "to help increase the stress across the fracture and stimulate the healing."
Larry Bird on Paul George: "He still has a ways to go."
Injury report: Paul George is probable for tomorrow night's game. C.J. Watson (sore right elbow) is questionable.
C.J. Miles (sprained ankle) and Rodney Stuckey (sore wrist) did not go through shootaround but will give what they can tonight vs Hornets.
Injury report: Rodney Stuckey (sore right wrist) is questionable for tomorrow night's game against the Hornets. Paul George is out.