Sportswriter covering the #Pacers for the @indystar with @CandaceDBuckner. Christian. From Kansas City. Husband to the lovely @hollym_taylor. Hayden's father.

Insider: Can Pacers (or anyone) dethrone LeBron in the East? — INDIANAPOLIS - Three weeks into the NBA's new year, the Eastern Conference has changed quite a bit. New coaches, trades and plenty of signings - notably Al Horford to Boston and Dwyane Wade to Chicago - add intrigue to next season. But the question remains: Can anyone truly push LeBron James and Cleveland in the East?

Insider: Adding Aaron Brooks gives Pacers a proven point guard — INDIANAPOLIS - Another affordable free agent signing, another established veteran and another role on the roster filled. Larry Bird appeared to finish an impressive offseason Monday when he convinced Aaron Brooks to agree to a one-year, $2.5 million deal to join the Indiana Pacers. Brooks will be the backup point guard behind Jeff Teague.

Myles Turner eager to improve through USA Basketball’s camp — INDIANAPOLIS - His plan is to become great. Myles Turner is not afraid to express such a desire. An impressive rookie year is just a step in his ascent. He did not rest once the Indiana Pacers' season ended in early May. He kept coming to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, kept lifting weights, kept working to be better.

Myles Turner: Pro athletes responsible to have voice on social issues — Indiana Pacers rookie Myles Turner has agreed to give IndyStar's Nate Taylor an exclusive look into his life off the court, via an offseason diary that Turner hopes will show Pacers fans more of his personality. His first diary entry (below) is after he flew to Los Angeles this week to attend the ESPY Awards and the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

Myles Turner: 'It’s a responsibility as a pro athlete to have a voice on social issues' — Myles Turner, the Indiana Pacers' rising star, is still getting accustomed to his life as an NBA player. After an impressive rookie season, Turner is eager to improve this summer but still find time to grow as a man through various experiences and opportunities.

Insider: Pacers expect to defend well despite small backcourt — INDIANAPOLIS - The starting lineup is set, Larry Bird has bolstered the roster and the expectation is that Indiana Pacers will be one the most improved offensive teams in the NBA next season. But what about the defense? You know, the aspect of the game that the Pacers excelled at with former coach Frank Vogel.

Jeff Teague: 'I would love to spend the rest of my career here' — Point guard Jeff Teague, an Indianapolis native, was officially introduced by the Pacers at a news conference Monday. Here are some of his key comments:

Report: Pacers close to signing Aaron Brooks — INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Pacers appear to close to making their final free agent signing. Aaron Brooks, a veteran point guard, was in advanced discussions with the Pacers on Sunday night on signing a one-year deal, according to Yahoo Sports' website, The Vertical.

Al Jefferson willing, ready to improve Pacers in many ways — INDIANAPOLIS - Al Jefferson spent July 1 thinking about one team: the Indiana Pacers. It was the first day of the NBA's free agency period and, although Jefferson had played the last three seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, he was intrigued by the Pacers' acquisitions of Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young in trades a week earlier.

Lance Stephenson’s return to the Pacers ‘very slim’ — The reunion between the Indiana Pacers and Lance Stephenson appears to be unlikely. Larry Bird, the Pacers president, tempered enthusiasm for some fans Friday when he said he is not optimistic about the possibility of signing Stephenson during the NBA's free agency period.
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Jul 22, 2016

RT @MattGlenesk: Horford to Boston. Wade to the Bulls. And the #Pacers got a PG. But does any of it matter in the East?  @ByNateTaylor

Jul 21, 2016

RT @MattGlenesk: "We’re not here to put up a fight. We’re here to support a certain group. We’re asking for change"  via @Wilsonable07

Jul 21, 2016

The NBA announces it hopes to award the 2019 All-Star Game to the Hornets. If that happens, the Pacers will submit their bid for 2020.

Jul 21, 2016

RT @JeffZillgitt: Here is the NBA statement on moving the All-Star Game from Charlotte:

Jul 21, 2016

The Pacers are concerned with putting together a strong bid for 2019 & 2020. This Feb. was too short of a notice. 

Jul 21, 2016

As I reported last month, the Pacers are focused on submitting a bid to host a future All-Star Game. 

Jul 21, 2016

The #Pacers are not 1 of the relocation options for the 2017 All-Star Game now that the #NBA has removed the event from the #Hornets.

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