The Indiana Pacers officially welcome point guard Darren Collison and forward James Posey to town today in an introductory press conference. The two will also take part in a chat with Pacers.com at 2:00PM (submit questions in advance here).
Unfortunately, the media will probably give Collison and Posey their proper hello and then want to move on to questions about Lance Stephenson. The questions won't get very far though. Answers from the Pacers will be some variation of explaining that the team will continue to monitor the situation as the process plays out. Stephenson has a court date set for October 19th and they'll go from there.
That's really all they can do at this point unless all charges are dropped or Stephenson is exonerated by his side of the story.
The good news for the Pacers is that there is still plenty of good news. The arrival of Collison and Posey certainly fit that category. Plus, Danny Granger is off to Madrid with Team USA preparing for the World Championships.
After the jump, a few links of interest with stories on all of the above, plus Travis Diener finds a team.
Pacers are right to await verdict
Bob Kravitz adds a reasonable tone to the Stephenson discussion. The case is simple: If he's cleared you try to make it work. If not, then you send him packing.
Bird: Stephenson case won't derail Pacers
Larry Bird plans to continue building on the positives the Pacers have enjoyed this summer while also dealing with Stephenson when appropriate.
Is latest Pacer arrest an indictment on Larry Bird?
Anthony Schoettle considers how Stephenson's actions reflect on Larry Bird and the Pacers' front office.
Travis Diener to play in Italy
Doug Whiteley reports that Travis Diener will play next season in Italy for a team based on the island of Sardinia. Nice!
BallinEurope’s 2010 FIBA World Championship power rankings 4.0
BallinEurope ranks the World Championship contenders with Team USA at number two behind Spain.
Sheridan: Call new-look Team USA the 'B-deem Team'
Chris Sheridan continues his coverage of Team USA. Great picture of Granger with this story, too.
Basketball Capsules: US expects tough road en route to worlds in Turkey
Brian Mahoney reports on the challenges facing Team USA in the worlds.
Team USA turns the page
John McMullen reports on Team USA moving on with a new young team for the World Championships.
Miami Heat Forward Udonia Haslem Arrested for Marijuana Possession
Udonis Haslem and his attorney are acting like they're determined to clear his name.Of course, it helps to have a friend to pin the charges on.
How NBA teams are faring in their offseason dealings - USATODAY.com
Jeff Zillgitt lays out all of the offseason manuevering around the NBA.