Here are a few links of interest as August comes to a close today, including a quick update on some offseason workouts and a new Director of Scouting for the Pacers:
Pacers offseason work habits; new scouting director
With nothing going on here at the end of August, Mike Wells was able to offer up a few interesting tidbits of information in his Pacers Insider post today. There have been good reports about the summer workouts of T.J. Ford and Danny Granger, although I'm still waiting for the first time we hear a guy had awful summer workouts. Also of note, longtime scout Joe Ash will focus on international scouting and give up his Director of Scouting duties to Ryan Carr. Ash has been heading up the Pacers' scouting department for the past six years. Carr was a video coordinator in the late '90's for the Pacers, then spent a few years as an assistant coach at UTEP before returning to scout college players for the Pacers in 2003.
PBN | The Top 100
Tony Mejia ranks his Top 100 NBA players and Danny Granger cracks the Top 20. With another solid year, I could see Granger jumping a few names ahead of him on this list. Troy Murphy checks in at 76 and T.J. Ford closes out the list at 100.
In affordable shoe initiative, Knicks' Harrington in with both feet
Former Pacer, Al Harrington is fully invested in making his affordable hoop shoes work for those who can't afford Jordans. Stephen Jackson is also involved with Harrington although he's bringing a little different style of publicity to the shoes.
N.B.A. Teams Devise New Ways to Fill Seats - NYTimes.com
The task of giving fans an incentive to buy tickets in a tough economy has led to a variety of unusual offers and plans in the N.B.A.