Fortunately, the city can return to normal now that Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts showed up for the NFL season in proper form last night by beating the New York Giants. Still, with NBA training camp a week away things remain quiet on the Pacers' front.
A few links of interest today include Earl Watson trying to decide where to sign as a free agent. He's worked out for Utah which seems like a nice spot on a team that could make some playoff noise, but the minutes will be more plentiful elsewhere. After last season I'd assume he'd prefer wins so we'll find out where he lands soon.
Also, after several proposed uses for the old site of Market Square Arena have failed to follow through, the city will simply pave the current gravel parking lots where the old arena used to stand. Hopefully a better use for the site will come along in the future, but we know through all of the CIB hand-wringing that the city certainly can't make better use of the spot at this time. Fortunately, like the arena itself, all of the memories remain above ground.
Jazz take a look at Watson
Utah seems like a perfect fit for Earl Watson in a backup role, but he apparently has a couple of other teams interested in his services.
Changes Afoot At Old Market Square Arena Site?
With development options drying up, the gravel parking lot on the site of Market Square Arena will be be paved. I wonder if you can still hear the cheers after parking and shutting off your engine?
NBA Sunday: Greg Oden the Enigma, Earl Watson Narrowing It Down
Joel Brigham speculates on the options other than Utah for Watson and think Golden State is in the mix. That would have him chasing minutes and not a playoff run which is likely what Earl is currently weighing.
What Does a Draft Pick Get You? Part VI: Ranking the Draft Classes 11-20
Tim Donahue at 8.9 continues his deep dive into assessing the value of draft picks.
Ed Davis Could Miss Time After Knee Injury
Looks like the Pacers dodged at least a short-term problem by passing on power forward Ed Davis in the recent draft. Hopefully the big fella will be back on the court soon.
Sources: Denver Nuggets listening to offers for Carmelo Anthony
The boys at ESPN are firing up a fresh round of Melo trade stories to get everybody to the start of training camps.
Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo is looking for another NBA championship; hosts Red Bull event on "The Rock"
This story by Ric Bucher on Rajon Rondo is nice and all but I absolutely love the idea of a one-on-one tourney held at Alcatraz.