The Indiana Pacers, all of the Indiana Pacers, took the floor for their first day of training camp yesterday. The team practiced around noon and then again later in the evening and from all reports, all 17 players were in the mix as expected.
It almost seems strange that everyone played as expected with no last second qualifiers for restricted play. I'm putting the over/under for all 17 going full bore again today at 14 1/2. If they hit the over then camp is indeed off to a great start regardless of the rusty games that need to take shape.
Fortunately, Conrad Brunner (aka Bruno Scorsese) put together six minutes worth of clips from the team's first scrimmage yesterday. Obviously, things looked a bit sloppy and you can't possibly draw any conclusion from the highlights, but that doesn't mean there weren't some items of interest throughout.
- Within 15 seconds I was laughing out loud. On Monday, Jim O'Brien said in essence that Josh McRoberts won't be evaluated on his shooting and he isn't expected to be a Troy Murphy type player. Then on the video, the first play for J-Mac's team has him draining a 3-ball. Looked like a nice arcing stroke too, in contrast to the flat, front-rim magnet he's shown in the past.
- T.J. Ford was going at it hard. Gotta love seeing some pride rise to the top as he battles Darren Collison all camp.
- As you'll read in the links, JOB gives the early edge at PF to Josh McRoberts. At this point, it is kind of by default, but he does work well with Hibbert. Like seeing the high/low action between the two since both are pretty good passers.
- Nice to see Jeff Foster out there banging bodies, A.J. Price running with the team and Danny Granger knocking down threes. I saw Hansbrough playing in a news clip last night and going through some contact drills but as you can see in this video, he didn't run in the 5-on-5 scrimmage. He mentioned his conditioning was behind so his scrimmage minutes are limited.
- Brandon Rush looked all too familiar on a few plays he struggled to finish.
- Nice to see Paul George get in the passing lane for a steal. As much as his offensive game was criticized in summer league, he did have a nose for the ball at the defensive end. The best way for the rook to get some minutes this year is to defend his man and create turnovers.
- Finally, you gotta love Roy Hibbert and A.J. Price literally cheering from the sidelines after Granger drained a 3-ball. Hibby even threw his arms up as the ball was in flight. Nice to see them all competing so hard.
After the jump, plenty of links from day one including more on McRoberts impressing JOB, and a behind the scenes look at media day.
O'Brien is pleased with team's conditioning
Mike Wells reports on JOB putting his team to the test on the first day and liking what he saw from a conditioning standpoint. Wells also has a nice concise assessment of what the rookies need to work on as they find their way in the NBA.
AP: Pacers F Josh McRoberts could start
Cliff Brunt reports on Josh McRoberts having an opportunity to secure a starting role at power forward for the Pacers.
With Murphy gone, candidates line up to grab power forward starting spot
Mike Wells reports on the Pacers returning the power forward position to a more traditional role with Troy Murphy and his trailing threes now running in New Jersey.
- Check out more from Bruno Scorsese with his Behind the Scenes video from media day.
Pacers' Danny Granger tries to mentor Brandon Rush, Lance Stephenson
Larry Hawley reports on Danny Granger flexing a little leadership by talking things through with Brandon Rush and Lance Stephenson.
Six Things To Know About The Pacers
Joel Brigham offers a pretty positive outlook for the new look Pacers.
Kramer will sign with Bucks
Former Purdue guard, Chris Kramer is camping with the Milwaukee Bucks. Coach Scott Skiles and Kramer should have a nail eating contest to set the tone for camp.
Los Angeles Clippers exercise options on Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin
The Clippers locked up Eric Gordon for the fourth year of his rookie deal.