Pacers Notes: Oladipo, Lamb, McConnell, George

The Pacers‘ G League affiliate played an important role in preparing Victor Oladipo for his expected season debut, writes Scott Agness of The Athletic. Oladipo has made eight trips to Fort Wayne over the past two months to practice with the Mad Ants as he comes back from a ruptured right quad tendon. With the Pacers on a road trip, the G League team visited their practice facility this week to work with Oladipo.

“Anytime that an All-Star like Vic wants to play and practice with your guys, you’re going to let him,” Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey said. “Our Mad Ant guys are going to be watching him, and they’re going to look at every move that he does. Vic has been talking to a lot of our guys and trying to help them and give them pointers, both offensively and defensively and off the court. It’s been great for our guys just as much as Vic needs it.”

Gansey has been in frequent contact with Pacers coach Nate McMillan, providing updates on Oladipo’s progress. The latest step has been getting him used to traps as he brings the ball up court.

“This was the best I’ve seen Vic since we’ve had him in practice,” Gansey said of the time in Indianapolis. “We had three straight days where you just saw a different athleticism out there that you can really tell that he’s coming back here pretty soon and really pushing himself.”

There’s more Pacers news to pass along:

  • Jeremy Lamb has been starting in Oladipo’s place, but McMillan won’t hesitate to pull him on a bad shooting night, observers J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star. Lamb, who has been mired in a shooting slump, sat out the entire fourth quarter of a comeback win in Denver this week. “I went scoreless. That hasn’t happened in a while,” Lamb said. “It still feels the same, score or not score. When you lose, you got to figure out how to just find ways to get better. Last game I had zero points but we won. It’s a lot easier to deal with that.”
  • T.J. McConnell has taken over the starting point guard duties while Malcolm Brogdon is sidelined with a concussion, Michael notes in a separate story. The former Sixer has been a valuable addition for Indiana after signing a two-year deal over the summer. Only the first season is guaranteed, but Michael states that the second one is considered a lock to be picked up.
  • In an interview with Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard and general manager Chad Buchanan talk about what they look for in a player, the challenges that face a small-market team and the difficulty of trading Paul George in 2017. “We really thought that there was going to be 29 teams throwing the kitchen sink at us,” Pritchard said. “But at the end of the day, the number of teams that were after Paul was very small. I think there were just two offers that were real offers.”
newest oldest

7 thoughts on “Pacers Notes: Oladipo, Lamb, McConnell, George

  1. x%sure

    The Hoopshype article looks like a repeat of an earlier one maybe a year ago then added-to with recent events.

    The proposed 2017 trade was between George/IND, Love/CLE, and a r1 with Gary Harris to Indiana but Denver dropped out. Pacers were left with Dipo & Sabonis for PG, aww. Would Cleveland with PG instead of Love beat Durant & GSW?– prob not.

    • Tazza

      PG might have kept LBJ from leaving tho…
      which would’ve been interesting would Lakers have traded Ball Ingram Hart and all those picks for AD still ? Would they have kept Ingram and given up Kuzma in which case how good would Ingram and AD be …

  2. Simmons>Russ

    Love the Pacers depth McConnell Lamb and Holiday are great back ups. McDermott is a walking bucket when he is hot and Justin Holiday can play clamps occasionally.

  3. amk3510

    Pacers are one of the best ran organizations in the leauge. You have teams like Houston trade for Westbrook on the supermax and clog all their cap while smart teams like Indy build a better roster while being in a tiny market.

    • utlchp

      Amen. Since Indy has never been a “destination city” for most NBA players, they’ve never really had a killer starting 5. Instead they’ve focused on having 9-10 good or very good players in their rotation. This is why they consistently frustrate teams with 1 or 2 premier players. They just don’t have a big talent drop off when the starters rotate out.

  4. Buckman

    Brogdon on pace to play less than 60 games this year. I think that the Bucks were justified in not signing him due to injury concerns. It remains to be seen what his playoff fitness will be this year.

  5. x%sure

    Continuing from above, it would be great to see James continue on in Cleveland with George, which could have happened if Denver could have been appeased…

    Also the young Laker group could have been taken forward together, without being broken up to get James. Hart, Ingram, Ball, Clarkson, Nance, Zibac, even D’Lo. I doubt the Lakers would have made the same moves if James signed with Cleveland.

Leave a Reply