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rock747
04-02-2011, 08:54 PM
I have read a few people's interactions with various Pacers players this year and found them quite interesting reads. Although I do attend a decent amount of games for a person outside of Indy, I don't really have any interesting Pacer player interactions or stories. Knowing most of you have been long time fans and live in Indianpolis; I was wondering if any of you had any interesting stories about your interaction with players presnt or past that you would be interested in sharing?

ChristianDudley
04-02-2011, 10:12 PM
Brandon Rush always calls me his dawg when he sees me lol, except when I went down to Memphis to watch our guys on the road, he actually knew my full name by then (mainly because of Twitter lol). I'm proud to say we have about the nicest group of guys in the entire league, though. How would I know? I've met almost every NBA player in the league over the past 4 or so seasons.

Smoothdave1
04-02-2011, 11:07 PM
A few current/past Pacers I've met and stories:

-- Met Danny Granger a few years ago at HH Gregg on 96th Street. Granger couldn't have been nice and was just super friendly. I also ended up talking to his wife, Dionna, for a good 15 minutes and she was incredibly friendly. We were talking about the Grangers' dog, Bentley, their wedding, and funny stories.

-- Met Dunleavy a few years ago about a month after the season ended shopping for a new car. I just happened to be there having some work done on a Thursday about noon and was walking around the dealership and looked over and saw a tall guy who I immediately recognized as Mike. He was there with his now wife, Sarah, and she ended up taking a picture of Mike and I for me. He was telling me about his summer plans, how he enjoyed living in Indy and a little basketball. Just a super friendly guy and couldn't have been nicer.

-- I met Roy at the Colts/Pacers celebrity softball game last summer. Super nice guy who was friendly to everyone. We talked summer plans and he signed a ton of autographs. Sadly, some of the fans asking him for his autograph had to ask me who he was. :confused:

-- Met Tyler the day after we drafted him after his press conference at Conseco. Super nice guy, but is a little shy and reserved. Nonetheless, he was very cordial and seemed to be taking it all in as he was less than 24 hours removed from being in NY and the draft

-- Have met Scot Pollard several times as he still has a house in Carmel. Saw him at a Colts game, at Circle Centre, at the Murat, etc. Always super friendly and a nice guy.

-- Dated a girl whose best friend was "dating" former Pacer Bruno Sundov. He was an interesting character and tried to portray someone he wasn't, haha.

I've met other current and former players, but no crazy stories.

imbtyler
04-03-2011, 12:03 AM
After the game at which I got my McRoberts T-jersey, I stood at the window inside Conseco that looks into the practice gym, as I usually did after games. Inside, Paul was standing in his street clothes on the end closest to me, shooting full-court heaves. I watched while filming on my ipod, excited to watch him get closer and closer to making it.

As players exited into the gym and walked through to head to what I can only assume is an underground garage where they keep their respective cars, I saw a particular tall white guy exit with a large paper bag in his arms.

As he got closer to Paul (and to the window), I realized it was Josh. I tried as inaudibly as possible to get his attention and show him the little "32" on the front of my shirt. After a few seconds, he saw me and, acknowledging my shirt (and ultimately, my fandom), he gave me a thumbs-up. I had a fanboy fit immediately afterwards.

Best. Postgame. Ever.

This was the closest I've gotten to interacting, besides a postgame autograph session with Luther Head. I went to the last home game of the 2009-10 season (against the Magic, coincidentally our last away game this season), after which all the players gave autographs, shoes, headbands, etc. to the fans around the court. I tried so hard to get to Josh to get a picture or anything, but couldn't manage. Only slightly disappointing, but it was awesome being that close.

With all this said, I hope we bring him back next year, when I'll have a better chance of meeting him, and the other Pacers. I'm really interested in meeting Paul, now, too.

Psyren
04-03-2011, 12:11 AM
Met Danny Granger once. Super nice guy and signed a jersey that I have of him.

Also met Rik Smits quite a few years ago. Very nice and polite. Also very, very tall

And, well, I shook Reggie Millers hand once. We didn't talk or anything, but that was at least nice of him :D

All in all, I've had a lot of great experiences with the players. Very nice people who have I really have a lot of respect for.

imbtyler
04-03-2011, 12:22 AM
Holy crap, I just remembered.

During the preseason before '09-10 season, the Pacers played the Spurs at Indiana University's legendary Assembly Hall. I sat in the front row outside the hallway where the players exited. I got a bunch of fist-bumps and high-fives from Roy, Danny, Earl Watson, and a very awkward handshake with Larry Bird.

Later during the game, Foster sat out due to back issues (that never ended) and while walking through one of the hallways to get from one side of AH to the other, I saw two incredibly tall guys walking towards me: Jeff Foster and Austin Croshere. Austin was showing Jeff around, and my two friends with me immediately asked for Jeff's autograph, and I thought it strange/funny/awkward that Austin had to stand and watch as he didn't get asked.

Also, after the game, we were standing outside on the sidewalk, and from some hidden side door, Travis ****ing Diener walked out, disregarded IU apparel-wearing guys, and walked up to the three whitest, most awkward looking guys and started talking to us! Hilariously, I didn't even like Diener because of his playing "style", but I felt obligated to get a picture with him, due to my belief that we looked sort of similar (thanks to the sparsely-distributed facial hair). It was a great experience, and left me a little starstruck, to be honest.

KingGeorge
04-03-2011, 02:09 AM
This was the closest I've gotten to interacting, besides a postgame autograph session with Luther Head. I went to the last home game of the 2009-10 season (against the Magic, coincidentally our last away game this season), after which all the players gave autographs, shoes, headbands, etc. to the fans around the court. I tried so hard to get to Josh to get a picture or anything, but couldn't manage. Only slightly disappointing, but it was awesome being that close.



This is probably a dumb question, but how does fan appreciation night work ? Do all of the players stick around on the court and give autographs. Is it possible to get down there even if you only buy balcony seats ? I would love to get my Paul George jersey signed and a photograph!

idioteque
04-03-2011, 08:43 AM
I've probably met Reggie five times. He even bought me McDonald's once in what is the most unbelievable story ever that I don't want to take the time to type out unless people are super interested.

When I was 7 or 8 years old Sam Mitchell was behind me in the urinal line at MSA. Why the heck he was using the public bathroom, I'll never know. This was like 20 minutes before a game too and there has was among a bunch of fans wearing his warm ups and waiting to take a ****.

I met Haywoode at Reggie Miller basketball camp, he was a really nice and fun guy. I can see why he is an NBA ref, he really loved the game and had a fun time teaching kids the fundamentals.

I haven't met any of the current Pacers since I don't live in town. But I have met Kevin Durant a few times here in DC, he's a really nice guy. I also see JaVale McGee from time to time since he lives relatively close to me, I've never bothered to talk to him though.

granger33
04-03-2011, 09:09 AM
Met granger twice, n both times he has signed my jersey and got a photo with. Brandon rush was really nice to me (drunk). I think the rudest player I met was Troy Murphy, declined a photo and was very rude when I was talking to him. I know I Kay have caught him on a bad day n he probably is very nice, but I'll never forget it.

Also met Kobe Bryant. Hated him before, respect and like him now. Probably the nicest player I have met.

Pacerblue
04-03-2011, 09:26 AM
Before the Fieldhouse was built I used to work out with some of the guys and play pick up games with them at NIFS. This was when I was in basketball shape and before getting married and a full time job. These guys were- Smits, Hoiberg, Workman, A. Davis, Person, Lindeman, Alan Henderson, B Scott, Haskin, Hot Plate Williams, there were more i just can't remember... Good times!

BringJackBack
04-03-2011, 12:21 PM
-Saw AJ Price BEFORE he was drafted in Conseco during the workouts. He was wearing Uconn shorts and he was walking really fast so I didn't bother besides a "Wassup AJ!"

-Then he got drafted and I was with my bros at Circle Center and we saw him going down an escalator with a beautiful girl.. So I said "Sup AJ" and he was a dick the whole time trying to impress his girl. My friends never let me hear the end of it.. :( :laugh:

-My cousin and I saw Roy at Circle Center and he was EXTREMELY nice. At first we thought he was Greg Oden.. Better yet it was Roy Hibbert. We talked to him for about 10-15 minutes and he was just ridiculously cool and he talked about what he was working on in the offseason and stuff. This was right after his rookie year.

-Talked to Brandon Rush after a shootaround for about 10 minutes. So awkward.. We talked about video games and stuff.

-I actually saw and talked to Josh in Greenwood last year.. He was in for a parade but me and a couple of my friends talked to him. Pretty cool, but his hair was just stupid long at the time.

This is kind of unrelated but I used to see George Hill, Bonzi Wells, and Eddie Gill a lot.

I don't really ask for autographs. I don't know why. :shrug:

ColeTheMole
04-03-2011, 01:14 PM
I talked to Mcbob before the season began, he was signing autographs at some kind of season ticket holder tour thing. I was talking about nicknames with him and he was really funny. We decided on his main nickname was going to be MC Roberts because when he's on the floor he is smooth like a DJ. I guess it didn't catch on.

joeyd
04-03-2011, 02:00 PM
This is probably a dumb question, but how does fan appreciation night work ? Do all of the players stick around on the court and give autographs. Is it possible to get down there even if you only buy balcony seats ? I would love to get my Paul George jersey signed and a photograph!

They generally don't give autographs to individual fans but they do autograph some stuff that they then give away. After the game it's pandemonium with players tossing mini-balls into the stands---these are often what they autograph before tossing---sometimes they toss without autographing. Sometimes if you are in the right place at the right time, they might walk over to you and give you a shoe. But if you definitely want autographs the best bet is to be down near the court right when Conseco opens, and catch the players as they are coming off the court from practicing. Have a sharpie at the ready.

KingGeorge
04-03-2011, 04:56 PM
the best bet is to be down near the court right when Conseco opens, and catch the players as they are coming off the court from practicing. Have a sharpie at the ready.
Thanks!

Do you know when Conseco opens ?

joeyd
04-03-2011, 06:00 PM
Do you know when Conseco opens ?

Generally an hour before the posted game time. I think season ticket holders might be able to enter a bit earlier, though I have not tried.

ChristianDudley
04-03-2011, 06:20 PM
I've probably met Reggie five times. He even bought me McDonald's once in what is the most unbelievable story ever that I don't want to take the time to type out unless people are super interested.

When I was 7 or 8 years old Sam Mitchell was behind me in the urinal line at MSA. Why the heck he was using the public bathroom, I'll never know. This was like 20 minutes before a game too and there has was among a bunch of fans wearing his warm ups and waiting to take a ****.

I met Haywoode at Reggie Miller basketball camp, he was a really nice and fun guy. I can see why he is an NBA ref, he really loved the game and had a fun time teaching kids the fundamentals.

I haven't met any of the current Pacers since I don't live in town. But I have met Kevin Durant a few times here in DC, he's a really nice guy. I also see JaVale McGee from time to time since he lives relatively close to me, I've never bothered to talk to him though.

I'm all ears!!!!

focused444
04-03-2011, 06:34 PM
I was in New Jersey in Reggie's last season. It was the last game before New Years, and the team kinda sluggishly took the court. Except Reggie ran out and was bouncing and jumping talking shots from all over the place. This is all relevant at the end of the story.

After the game which the pacers won easily (JO had 35 that night) the players began heading towards the tunnel. I said "Jermaine!!!" in a real funny voice on purpose, and JO smiled, laughed, came over to me and gave me a handshake (street style). He gave me the gatorade towel, a dry one, that he was carrying (he had like 3 of them for some reason). Reggie was always my hero, and I really wanted to interact with him. So here he comes, only one running off the court. People began to yell to him, and without even slowing down he threw his number 31 finger thing he wore behind his back and winked, as he made perfect 12ft toss to this pretty girl in a gold artest jersey standing right next to me. She loved it. I tried to make a trade and give her some cash, she wasn't having it. I remember thinking how funny Reggie was for throwing his stuff to the attractive female, and never broke stride as he ran out of the gym. He was like a rock star lol...

I had a brief hand shake with Sam Perkins here in Denver when he was the PR guy or something last year. I was getting a beer. Funny thing was the game had already started, but big smooth was just arriving.

Haywoode Workman
04-03-2011, 06:43 PM
I'm all ears!!!!

me too

Trophy
04-03-2011, 06:48 PM
Brandon Rush always calls me his dawg when he sees me lol, except when I went down to Memphis to watch our guys on the road, he actually knew my full name by then (mainly because of Twitter lol). I'm proud to say we have about the nicest group of guys in the entire league, though. How would I know? I've met almost every NBA player in the league over the past 4 or so seasons.

He's a funny guy and remembers me every season.

I'm usually down low behind bench and he's out there shooting around and he'll be like "yo bro!"

I have like 6 things signed by him and most of them signed on the road.

El Pacero
04-03-2011, 06:58 PM
I'll share my most embarrassing story. It was preseason and TJ Ford's first season with the Pacers. He was signing autographs at Bob's Cellular Express in Westfield so I took my blue Pacers basketball, found a special white pen so the signature would show up, and headed to Bob's.

When I got there I was kinda nervous and waited forever to actually ask for an autograph. I asked TJ if he could use my white pen so the signature would show up on the blue ball, and he obliged. He shook the pen, the cap flew off, and white ink sprayed ALL OVER TJ.

He looked down at his designer jeans and fancy t-shirt, quickly searching for any drop of white ink, but it luckily somehow only landed all over his arms and hands. He just sat there looking at his arms in disgust, I was like "Oh, I'm so sorry man." Silence. Then I said, "I am so so sorry man." He never really said anything to me.

Then someone got him a towel to try and get all the ink off his arms. To make matters worse, I stayed there for at least another 10 minutes to try and save face and ended up showing him pacersdigest.com on the laptop he was using.

I left mortified... and he wrote the signature on the yellow Pacers logo so you can't even see it.

rock747
04-03-2011, 10:14 PM
I've probably met Reggie five times. He even bought me McDonald's once in what is the most unbelievable story ever that I don't want to take the time to type out unless people are super interested.


I'm interested!

Sparhawk
04-03-2011, 10:22 PM
Never met any Pacer players, but have "met" Mike Vanderjerk, while I worked at the Banana Republic at Keystone at the Crossing while in college. He had a stylist and a couple body guards, or could have been lineman, but I didn't recognize them. He was trying to be inconspicuous, but you could certainly tell it was him. He was rude to anyone that offered help. That was quite some time ago.

presto123
04-04-2011, 12:49 AM
Was playing a fundraiser gig with the band I was in about a year ago at a fancy downtown hotel(don't remember the exact one) and after Christie Lee(Bob and Tom) introduced us we started jamming the first set. I started scanning the crowd wondering how many people were going to get up and dance when I saw a guy watching me and I thought I know that guy. It was Mike Dunleavy. Don't know how long he stuck around but he didn't hit the dance floor. Since we played straight through that gig with no breaks didn't get a chance to interact.

presto123
04-04-2011, 12:55 AM
I'll share my most embarrassing story. It was preseason and TJ Ford's first season with the Pacers. He was signing autographs at Bob's Cellular Express in Westfield so I took my blue Pacers basketball, found a special white pen so the signature would show up, and headed to Bob's.

When I got there I was kinda nervous and waited forever to actually ask for an autograph. I asked TJ if he could use my white pen so the signature would show up on the blue ball, and he obliged. He shook the pen, the cap flew off, and white ink sprayed ALL OVER TJ.

He looked down at his designer jeans and fancy t-shirt, quickly searching for any drop of white ink, but it luckily somehow only landed all over his arms and hands. He just sat there looking at his arms in disgust, I was like "Oh, I'm so sorry man." Silence. Then I said, "I am so so sorry man." He never really said anything to me.

Then someone got him a towel to try and get all the ink off his arms. To make matters worse, I stayed there for at least another 10 minutes to try and save face and ended up showing him pacersdigest.com on the laptop he was using.

I left mortified... and he wrote the signature on the yellow Pacers logo so you can't even see it.

You should have said I'm the famous El Pacero. You won't regognize me without the mask.:D Do you live in Hamilton County or did you just drive up here from Indy?

smj887
04-04-2011, 01:39 AM
No player interactions before this year, and virtually none away from the games (we don't live in Indy or really near it), but definitely a handful of interactions from this season.

When my girlfriend and I go to games, we always head down to the tunnel during halftime to give the players some dap on their way out. The first time we ever did that, we started heading back when we thought everyone had came out of the tunnel. I turned back as we were walking away and saw Hansbrough, who I'd completely forgotten about. I didn't have time for Psycho T, so I just yelled out "T!!" He came over and gave me a fist bump. It was my first real interaction with a player, I'll never forget it. After seeing stories where he comes off as shy or not really wanting to interact with fans, and knowing this was during the part of the JOB era where Tyler was chained to the bench, I couldn't be more thrilled to have gotten that fist bump.

On one instance when B-Rush was hurt, my girlfriend got a photo with him coming out of the tunnel. He and Paul are her two favorite players, so she was giddy afterward. We printed the photo out at one of those kiosks at CVS/Walgreens, and he was nice enough to sign it at the next game. He seems kind of shy, but both of those instances were extremely nice gestures.

Another story involving my gf and the players, and probably the coolest interaction either of us have had, though, is with Paul George. She used to tweet him a lot when she first got on Twitter, and he'd usually reply or retweet, and she had a picture of her as her profile picture. One game, Paul comes out of the tunnel towards the end with one of the other players (forget who), and we're the last 2 fans standing there. As he's approaching us, he looks at her and goes "Heeey!" She said hi, then we both looked around for who he was saying hi to. No one around. Later she tweeted that it was awesome that he said hi to her, and he retweeted... So yeah. Either he recognized her or he's just really good at PR.

Every time I saw Lance prior to his debut, I'd say something to him about how I couldn't wait for him to get some minutes, and he'd usually at least stop and respond. For all the ego/immaturity issues the guy supposedly has, he definitely pulls off the down-to-Earth bit.

I'll echo what another poster said and say we've got an awesome group of players as far as fan interaction goes. I don't have a single negative thing to say about any of them.

This doesn't qualify as a player interaction, but at one of the last games we attended this season, we went down and said hi to Chris Denari after the game. If I recall, it was the Golden State game. Denari talked to us for a good while, seemed genuinely interested in the usual small talk things like where we were from, how often we got to see the games, etc. But it branched into a pretty lengthy conversation. Got to talk to him about our rookies, the future of the team, the attitude towards the team in Indy, and non-Pacers stuff like his sons, our own plans after graduation, and whether he should get an iPhone or a Droid as his next phone. At the next game, we said hi to him again briefly and he asked if we had tickets for the Knicks game. Told him no, and he said we could have his if no one else was interested. Game came and went, I figured he found someone, no big deal. Then for the Kings game about 2 weeks later, he calls and offers us his tickets. Considering I thought we were done going to games this year (my income had slowed a little), this was beyond awesome. Tickets aside though, getting to chat with Denari was just great. I can't say enough about how well he represented the organization, and how good of a guy he certainly is even when basketball isn't involved.

All of this has happened this year. I'll stop short of writing a few more paragraphs about the personal value of this season and just say it's been a good year.

El Pacero
04-04-2011, 08:43 PM
You should have said I'm the famous El Pacero. You won't regognize me without the mask.:D Do you live in Hamilton County or did you just drive up here from Indy?

Haha, I couldn't say something like that. I do live in Fishers, but was pumped up to meet the guy so would've driven from anywhere. I remember how excited most of us were when we first got TJ...

To keep things going, here's two of the funniest comments I've gotten from players:

"Do you ever wash that mask?" - Roy Hibbert

"Did you break into Hulk Hogan's closet and steal his boots?" - Magnum Rolle

Smoothdave1
04-04-2011, 09:44 PM
No player interactions before this year, and virtually none away from the games (we don't live in Indy or really near it), but definitely a handful of interactions from this season.

When my girlfriend and I go to games, we always head down to the tunnel during halftime to give the players some dap on their way out. The first time we ever did that, we started heading back when we thought everyone had came out of the tunnel. I turned back as we were walking away and saw Hansbrough, who I'd completely forgotten about. I didn't have time for Psycho T, so I just yelled out "T!!" He came over and gave me a fist bump. It was my first real interaction with a player, I'll never forget it. After seeing stories where he comes off as shy or not really wanting to interact with fans, and knowing this was during the part of the JOB era where Tyler was chained to the bench, I couldn't be more thrilled to have gotten that fist bump.

On one instance when B-Rush was hurt, my girlfriend got a photo with him coming out of the tunnel. He and Paul are her two favorite players, so she was giddy afterward. We printed the photo out at one of those kiosks at CVS/Walgreens, and he was nice enough to sign it at the next game. He seems kind of shy, but both of those instances were extremely nice gestures.

Another story involving my gf and the players, and probably the coolest interaction either of us have had, though, is with Paul George. She used to tweet him a lot when she first got on Twitter, and he'd usually reply or retweet, and she had a picture of her as her profile picture. One game, Paul comes out of the tunnel towards the end with one of the other players (forget who), and we're the last 2 fans standing there. As he's approaching us, he looks at her and goes "Heeey!" She said hi, then we both looked around for who he was saying hi to. No one around. Later she tweeted that it was awesome that he said hi to her, and he retweeted... So yeah. Either he recognized her or he's just really good at PR.

Every time I saw Lance prior to his debut, I'd say something to him about how I couldn't wait for him to get some minutes, and he'd usually at least stop and respond. For all the ego/immaturity issues the guy supposedly has, he definitely pulls off the down-to-Earth bit.

I'll echo what another poster said and say we've got an awesome group of players as far as fan interaction goes. I don't have a single negative thing to say about any of them.

This doesn't qualify as a player interaction, but at one of the last games we attended this season, we went down and said hi to Chris Denari after the game. If I recall, it was the Golden State game. Denari talked to us for a good while, seemed genuinely interested in the usual small talk things like where we were from, how often we got to see the games, etc. But it branched into a pretty lengthy conversation. Got to talk to him about our rookies, the future of the team, the attitude towards the team in Indy, and non-Pacers stuff like his sons, our own plans after graduation, and whether he should get an iPhone or a Droid as his next phone. At the next game, we said hi to him again briefly and he asked if we had tickets for the Knicks game. Told him no, and he said we could have his if no one else was interested. Game came and went, I figured he found someone, no big deal. Then for the Kings game about 2 weeks later, he calls and offers us his tickets. Considering I thought we were done going to games this year (my income had slowed a little), this was beyond awesome. Tickets aside though, getting to chat with Denari was just great. I can't say enough about how well he represented the organization, and how good of a guy he certainly is even when basketball isn't involved.

All of this has happened this year. I'll stop short of writing a few more paragraphs about the personal value of this season and just say it's been a good year.


Thanks for sharing the story about Denari. He's definitely a class guy and is always extremely friendly.

idioteque
04-04-2011, 10:24 PM
Thanks for sharing the story about Denari. He's definitely a class guy and is always extremely friendly.

Awesome to hear Denari is such a nice guy. His voice slightly irked me at first, but I have grown to love it and hope he's part of the Pacers family for a long long time. He's endured the terrible years, I hope he gets to calls some ECFs and NBA Finals.

joeyd
04-04-2011, 11:18 PM
I can't remember...maybe it was one of those promotions where you punch All-star ballots and you get to do a meet and greet with one of the players, but I was about to get Danny's autograph when I made a pitch for a special request. I already got his autograph once or twice before this, and I knew that it was starting to become a bit of a hurried scribble at times, often just looking like "DG 33." So in an effort to get a better signature, I asked him to sign his full name (that is, with his middle name included). Danny looked back at me, somewhat surprised, and said "I don't have a middle name." Then he pointed behind him where his dad was sitting, and said, "Just ask my dad, he was the one that named me!" As Danny finished signing his full name (minus any middle name), his dad walked over to the end of the table and we talked for a couple of minutes. Can't remember what we talked about...but a genuinely nice guy, that Danny Sr.

El Pacero
04-05-2011, 12:23 AM
Thanks for sharing the story about Denari. He's definitely a class guy and is always extremely friendly.

Nicest guy. I was walking in Fieldhouse parking lot the beginning of this season & he stopped his car, talked to me & was asking how Area 55 was doing so far.

He also took the time to talk to me at DC game last season & Area 55 this season at the Bucks game. Same with Stacey. They really like Pacers fans.

El Pacero
04-05-2011, 12:36 AM
.... As Danny finished signing his full name (minus any middle name), his dad walked over to the end of the table and we talked for a couple of minutes. Can't remember what we talked about...but a genuinely nice guy, that Danny Sr.

I've never really talked to Danny's dad, but you reminded me that I've heard more stories about positive experiences with Granger Senior than probably all current players combined. (He is more accessible.)

Constellations
04-05-2011, 12:37 AM
Anybody ever had anything happen with Stacey. When me and my g/f were courtside and she was interviewing and such, when the cameras went off she seemed kinda annoyed and bored to be there. LOL. Any stories?

El Pacero
04-05-2011, 12:50 AM
Anybody ever had anything happen with Stacey. When me and my g/f were courtside and she was interviewing and such, when the cameras went off she seemed kinda annoyed and bored to be there. LOL. Any stories?

No ha, the big thing with Stacey is she has headphones / earpieces in her ears, so she can only hear the broadcast and nothing around her. I've sat right behind her in DC for last 3 seasons and every season she is nice enough to let me know she can't hear anything with the ear monitors. (or she doesn't want me to talk to her, ha)

I finally got comfortable enough, and thought I understood where she was coming from, to go outside my boundaries with Stacey this season in DC. There were two really cool Pacers fans about 8 rows up from me, and they were yelling "El Pacero, We want to talk to Stacey!" So I got the nerve to tap her on the back, she took her ear monitors out, and I said sorry, but you have big fans up there.... she took off running to let them have a pic with her, they loved it, and she ended up thanking me several times for letting her know... cause she can't hear anything. They really really really like Pacers fans.

King Tuts Tomb
04-05-2011, 01:03 AM
This is a great thread. Every post needs a Thanks.

I haven't had any interaction with any Pacers players but one time in Denver I shook Craig Sager's hand.

MTM
04-05-2011, 01:52 PM
My story is not exactly about a Pacer, but rather a Pacer's wife.

I went to middle school with Austin Croshere's wife, and she was one of the nicest, but shyest, girls in school. She was also the prettiest 7th grade girl and was slightly uncomfortable as a middle schooler with the ridiculous amount of male attention she received - boys and hormones. I had exchanged a few notes (this shows our age - handwriting notes rather than texting or emailing) with her and had sat with her at a couple school events, but despite my interest, she never responded except in a polite friendly way.

On Valentines Day students could order carnations for $.50 and have them sent to anyone in the school. I mustered up the courage to order three for her - red - and sat there all day in school anxiously and nervously waiting to see what would happen - would she like them, be offended, would it spark a romance, or what? It was near the end of the day and I was in the school's library, located in the center of the building. I see a teacher walk by with a gigantic armful of what must be literally 40-50 carnations. It was a massive pile. Another teacher called over and said "Is that for ONE student?" The teacher with the flowers laughed and said "Yep" and then said it was for this girl. Literally 15-20 different boys sent her flowers - not necessarily because she was out there attracting attention, but because she was that well liked and that pretty. My 3 were somewhere lost in that massive pile.

I saw her a few times throughout high school - she won County Fair queen the same year I won the talent contest. Always a pretty girl with a good head on her shoulders. It was not a surprise to me or anyone who knew her that she would find a great guy - but none of us would have guessed it would have been a Pacer.

imbtyler
04-05-2011, 01:52 PM
So I incidentally managed to find the picture of me with Diener. I didn't realize how... insane I looked with all that hair. daamn.

http://i52.tinypic.com/24v8pyv.jpg

beast23
04-05-2011, 02:02 PM
So I incidentally managed to find the picture of me with Diener. I didn't realize how... insane I looked with all that hair. daamn.

http://i52.tinypic.com/24v8pyv.jpg
What's wrong with a little hair? Even if it is a little unkempt. All I gotta say is use what you got and enjoy it while you got it.

To give you an idea about what can happen as you advance in years, a few years ago my older brother and I both bent over reaching to the floor to pick up the last Christmas present that had not been passed out. Everyone was watching and as our heads came together, my daughter yells out "Hey look! They made a butt!"

So, all I gotta say is enjoy your hair, even on days when you don't feel like caring for it.

duke dynamite
04-05-2011, 03:42 PM
I have a really funny story, with photographic evidence. I think I told it here once before. It's a lot to type, but if anyone wants to hear it I'll tell it again.

dsprin8171
04-05-2011, 04:24 PM
Lets see if this actually gets posted, considering the few times ive tried posting it magically disappears. Anyway, 8-9 years ago, when Bender was still with the team, I use to frequent another NBA message board( name slips my mind right now). I pull up the site one night and the first new message was titled " Jonathan Benders Cell Phone Number". I thought it was obviously fake, but I wrote it down anyway. I refreshed the page, and the message was gone. Didnt take them long to take it down. My buddy walked in a few minutes later and saw the number written down on a piece of paper next to me. I told him what it was and he decided to call. Sure enough, it was JB. He answered saying " yo, this JB, who dis?". My buddy was able to convince him that it was a friend from back in Piccayune and had a 1-2 minute convo with him. He quickly caught on that we didnt know him, and it was over.

WhatCouldHaveBeen
04-05-2011, 04:26 PM
I want to hear it. LOL

Anyone know if any pacers would give out their jerseys? I'm going to ask Brush, Lance, and PG...we'll see what happens. Maybe shoes...haha. But it's worth a shot..."Need em for the playoffs!"

rock747
04-05-2011, 04:29 PM
I have a really funny story, with photographic evidence. I think I told it here once before. It's a lot to type, but if anyone wants to hear it I'll tell it again.

Yeah, I think we would all like to hear it. ha.

ChristianDudley
04-05-2011, 05:40 PM
I can't remember...maybe it was one of those promotions where you punch All-star ballots and you get to do a meet and greet with one of the players, but I was about to get Danny's autograph when I made a pitch for a special request. I already got his autograph once or twice before this, and I knew that it was starting to become a bit of a hurried scribble at times, often just looking like "DG 33." So in an effort to get a better signature, I asked him to sign his full name (that is, with his middle name included). Danny looked back at me, somewhat surprised, and said "I don't have a middle name." Then he pointed behind him where his dad was sitting, and said, "Just ask my dad, he was the one that named me!" As Danny finished signing his full name (minus any middle name), his dad walked over to the end of the table and we talked for a couple of minutes. Can't remember what we talked about...but a genuinely nice guy, that Danny Sr.

Lol, I heard that before but didn't know if it was a true story, but thanks for the story to confirm this! Do you by chance have a pic of this "full name" autograph of yours from Danny?? I'd love to see it if you had the time to post a pic of it!

Sandman21
04-05-2011, 07:27 PM
I've probably met Reggie five times. He even bought me McDonald's once in what is the most unbelievable story ever that I don't want to take the time to type out unless people are super interested.

This I have to hear.:p

joeyd
04-05-2011, 10:26 PM
Lol, I heard that before but didn't know if it was a true story, but thanks for the story to confirm this! Do you by chance have a pic of this "full name" autograph of yours from Danny?? I'd love to see it if you had the time to post a pic of it!

I should have put "full name" in quotes b/c it really still wasn't the case where I could really make out who signed the picture without actually having witnessed the signature done in person! Sorry! Now, the best signature I have of DG goes back to his rookie year. They were promoting the start of single game ticket sales and they had Granger and Shawn Williams (?) signing for those folks who came into Conseco. Unfortunately, I don't have a scanner to post the item, but he took his time signing and you could read his first and last name pretty well. By the way, he was a nice guy even back in his rookie year, but really shy compared to how you see him now at all the season ticket holder events.

kielbeze
04-05-2011, 10:47 PM
Anybody ever had anything happen with Stacey. When me and my g/f were courtside and she was interviewing and such, when the cameras went off she seemed kinda annoyed and bored to be there. LOL. Any stories?

I have talked to her 2 times this season and she has told me how much she likes area55. She is really cool and always takes time to talk if you approach her. I have also talked to Roy a lot being in area 55 one time I told him I wanted to order shoes like his. He asked in my size or or in your size? I laughed and said my size and he said oh and told me where to get them.
He added if you wanted my shoes I would have got you a pair I still kick myself in the butt for not taking him up on the offer.

beast23
04-06-2011, 12:03 AM
I have a really funny story, with photographic evidence. I think I told it here once before. It's a lot to type, but if anyone wants to hear it I'll tell it again.Wow... hopefully it's not the story about the Pacer and the urinal.... oh, wait a minute.... that was Peck.

imawhat
04-06-2011, 12:30 AM
No great stories, but I've had plenty random sightings.

I saw Mark Jackson at the Fox Hills mall a couple months back. He was walking with a pretty severe limp.

I took a flight with Reggie from IND to LAX in December. It took every ounce of energy in my bones to not start a mid-flight chant, esp. after that small bottle of cabernet.

I saw Ike Diogu last weekend near Playa Vista. He's on the Clippers now, I think.

I saw Ron Artest at Warner Brothers Records back in 2006. I saw a look in his eyes that was somewhat frightening.

My old neighbor cleaned Dale Davis' pool a few years ago. A porno was being filmed at his house.

I saw Jonathan Bender at the airport about five minutes after the Pacers lost game 4 of the 2005 playoff series against the Pistons. He had obviously left the game early and had a serious limp.

Strangely enough though, I haven't had a lot of direct interactions with players. The closest I got was going to Antonio Davis' farewell autograph signing at Foot Locker, right after he got traded. I was the next person in line when the event ended.

I did run into David Craig on Market St. directly under MSA. That was pretty exciting as I was going to school for Sports Medicine at the time.

Freddie fan
04-06-2011, 12:33 AM
Also met Rik Smits quite a few years ago. Very nice and polite. Also very, very tall


This reminds of a young woman, Becky, I used to work with at an advertising agency. She never seemed to be happy or impressed with anything. No one she worked with was quite good enough or smart enough. No client was ever interesting enough to be enjoyable to work for or even to give a full effort for. No work by her team was ever done well enough to be worth much more than a yawn.

One day, Becky told us that she'd been to a concert at Deer Creek over the weekend. The performance wasn't that great, she said, but she did note that one of the people sitting near her was Rik Smits. Being big Pacers fans and this being at the height of their popularity in Indianapolis, we thought this was kind of exciting, but Becky - shockingly - was disappointed. "He's really not that tall!," she explained.

presto123
04-06-2011, 02:36 AM
This reminds of a young woman, Becky, I used to work with at an advertising agency. She never seemed to be happy or impressed with anything. No one she worked with was quite good enough or smart enough. No client was ever interesting enough to be enjoyable to work for or even to give a full effort for. No work by her team was ever done well enough to be worth much more than a yawn.

One day, Becky told us that she'd been to a concert at Deer Creek over the weekend. The performance wasn't that great, she said, but she did note that one of the people sitting near her was Rik Smits. Being big Pacers fans and this being at the height of their popularity in Indianapolis, we thought this was kind of exciting, but Becky - shockingly - was disappointed. "He's really not that tall!," she explained.

That's cause he was sitting down:laugh:

duke dynamite
04-06-2011, 12:17 PM
My old neighbor cleaned Dale Davis' pool a few years ago. A porno was being filmed at his house.

AWESOME!

duke dynamite
04-06-2011, 12:23 PM
Alright. In 2008 the first few hundred people to renew their tickets early were invited to Larry Bird's Eagle Ranch near Nashville and Columbus, IN. This was right after we traded for the draft rights to Roy and Brandon.

Brandon and Roy thought it would be a great idea to race the golf carts. They went around the driveway, and Hibbert ended up rear-ending Rush. Heather Denton appeared to be upset because these carts were rentals, and I guess there was damage involved, but it was hilarious. Rush and Hibbert obviously didn't care all that much, and laughed too.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c276/tlaurenzana/Eagle%20Ranch/DSCF8805.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c276/tlaurenzana/Eagle%20Ranch/DSCF8806.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c276/tlaurenzana/Eagle%20Ranch/DSCF8807.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c276/tlaurenzana/Eagle%20Ranch/DSCF8808.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c276/tlaurenzana/Eagle%20Ranch/DSCF8809.jpg

I also have some other stories, odds and ends, photos, etc. from numerous events where we have hung out with the players and coaches.