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    Just received an e-mail from the Pacers.



    Pacers Sports & Entertainment announced Wednesday that Herbert Simon, co-owner of the Pacers with his brother Melvin for the past 25 years, will serve as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) effective immediately.

    "I am committed to returning this team to its proud winning tradition as well as strengthening the connection of the entire organization to the community," said Simon. "Indianapolis and Indiana are vitally important to the Simon family and I realize how important the Pacers are to the city and state. I'm passionate to do whatever I can to enhance the franchise on the court and in the community."

    As previously announced, Larry Bird is the President of Basketball Operations for the Indiana Pacers. It was announced on Wednesday that Jim Morris will assume the role of President of PS&E. Morris will oversee the business operations for the Pacers, Indiana Fever and Conseco Fieldhouse.

    "I'll rely on these two strong leaders on a day-to-day basis," Simon said, adding that both will report directly to him.

    Additionally, Rick Fuson has been elevated to Chief Operating Officer of PS&E. "We have a strong management team in place, and we look forward to the future," concluded Simon
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    Whats this mean?

    Is Fuson the guy who used to work for the Star?

    I must have missed this too, who is Jim Morris?

    Maybe it means the buck stop here, with Herb.

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    Whats this mean?

    Is Fuson the guy who used to work for the Star?

    I must have missed this too, who is Jim Morris?

    Maybe it means the buck stop here, with Herb.
    No Fuson isn't the guy who worked for the Star - that was Wayne Fuson. Rick Fuson I think has been in charge of security for several seasons - I think

    I think it means Herb Simon is taking a more hands on approach

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    Press con on 1070TheFan going on right now. Some dude names Miller
    (no, nor Reg) is the new community PR liason or similar.

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    Default Re: Herb Simon to be Chairman/CEO of Pacers - press conference right now

    So, then, Herb is taking over Donnie's old position?

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    So, then, Herb is taking over Donnie's old position?
    Yes. Sounds like they will be trying everything to change the image of the franchise

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    Some media nitwit asked LB about J.O. and got the stock response.
    He then asked Herb who responded, ' if J.O. is healthy, he'll be a
    BIG part of this team'.

    I hope he was just deflecting the question with a superficially
    upbeat, rhetorical reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajah Brown View Post
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    Some media nitwit asked LB about J.O. and got the stock response.
    He then asked Herb who responded, ' if J.O. is healthy, he'll be a
    BIG part of this team'.

    I hope he was just deflecting the question with a superficially
    upbeat, rhetorical reply.
    Everyone in the franchise needs to say that or you gonna get Darius Miles for JO straight up calls, if it sounds like a fire sale. It's really the only response they need to give. I'm glad Bird didn't say more to weaken his already bad position at the trade table.

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    Speed-

    Understood. Just don't want Herb anywhere near the player
    personnel, decision-making process. Presumably, he knows
    better than the start 'Jerry Jones-ing' things up in that
    area.

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    I must have missed this too, who is Jim Morris?

    He's on AM 1070 right now

    His primary function will be to reconnect the fans to the Pacers team. "We've been embrassed by a few incidents and will rid the team of those type things" "Players will know what the standards are". "If there is a choice between character or talent, we'll take character"

    Does seem like a new direction
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    He's on AM 1070 right now

    His primary function will be to reconnect the fans to the Pacers team. "We've been embrassed by a few incidents and will rid the team of those type things" "Players will know what the standards are". "If there is a choice between character or talent, we'll take character"

    Does seem like a new direction
    Words, words.

    I'm looking forward to seeing some action behind them.
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    Words, words.

    I'm looking forward to seeing some action behind them.
    Yes, but no one has ever put it so bluntly before

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    Uh-oh. Surely Herb won't be THAT bad but whenever I see an owner taking a hands-on approach I think of the one, the only, Mr James Dolan.
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    Herb is on AM-1070 w/ White and Kravitz at 4:00.

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    This says that Morris is taking over Donnie's position.

    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dl...plate=printart


    Jim Morris to succeed Walsh with Pacers

    By Mike Wells
    mike.wells@indystar.com

    Longtime Indianapolis civic leader Jim Morris, who joined the Indiana Pacers last spring as a special advisor, was named president of the team today as part of a sweeping management overhaul.

    Morris succeeds the departed Donnie Walsh as head of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. The team also said that co-owner Herbert Simon will serve as the chairman and chief executive officer. Larry Bird remains as president of basketball operations.

    "Before, I was a 'hands-on, hands- off' owner. And now I'm going to be a 'hands-on. hands-on' owner," Simon, who has owned the Pacers with his brother Melvin for the past 25 years, told reporters at a Conseco Fieldhouse news conference.

    "I'll be participating with the two gentlemen (Bird and Morris) to relook at the franchise from top to bottom. To make us more responsive basketball-wise. More responsive to our fans and our sponsors. I'm getting energized myself over this."

    Morris most recently was head of the World Food Program for five years, and has also run the Indianapolis Water Co. and Lilly Endowment, among the state’s largest foundations.

    The management makeover follows disappointments both on and off the court – notably, the string of player escapades at local nightclubs that have included fights and gunplay.

    Morris, in an article by Star columnist John Ketzenberger early last June, said he wanted to “help the community understand the importance of the Pacers to the city and the state.”

    The former aide to Mayor Dick Lugar and season ticket-holder is a friend of the Simons who has worked with them in other civic causes, including Gleaners Food Bank, Riley Hospital for Children and the Boy Scouts.

    "This is a great opportunity to do something that's fun and interesting," Morris said at the time. "It gives me freedom to be creative."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajah Brown View Post
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    Some media nitwit asked LB about J.O. and got the stock response.
    He then asked Herb who responded, ' if J.O. is healthy, he'll be a
    BIG part of this team'.

    I hope he was just deflecting the question with a superficially
    upbeat, rhetorical reply.
    What I heard was Bird ramble something about talking to JO after the season to get his feelings, and (almost a quote here) Probably talk to some teams this summer to see if they are interested in him (end almost a quote).

    It was not the smoothest answer you've ever heard.

    At that point Herb made a comment about since he (Herb) is now a basketball guy, he'd like to answer the question. That is when Herb made the comment Rajah is reporting.

    I got a bit of a chuckle out the the obvious different approaches Herb Simon and Bird have.

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    He's on AM 1070 right now

    His primary function will be to reconnect the fans to the Pacers team. "We've been embrassed by a few incidents and will rid the team of those type things" "Players will know what the standards are". "If there is a choice between character or talent, we'll take character"

    Does seem like a new direction
    He had a great line on 1070 - We aren't gonna have any Bums here.

    I agree with Karvitz and Eddie that that quote should be the billboard slogan for next year!

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    How long before people start blaming problems on these guys instead of Larry.
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    How long before people start blaming problems on these guys instead of Larry.
    Well, Morris won't have anything to do with trades, drafts, contracts etc. so he should not get any grief. Some have already blamed ownership, so that won't be anything new.

    Wait, I know, we can blame Morway!

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    How long before people start blaming problems on these guys instead of Larry.

    Probably the first week of pre season... no Bird will still get the blame no matter what. But, just think, in 8 years, when we finally make the playoffs again, these new guys (instead of Bird) will be credited for a great turn around and rebuilding process that was built on character guys not talented guys.

    Ok reality check, the comment about whether a choice between character guys and talent they will choose character... That spells doom to me, and means we are gonna suck for a long time. It would be nice, but I really wonder if ANY professional basketball players could live up to community standards if all the dirt on them was aired out for the judgemental public to criticize.

    On the other hand, maybe this means that I could finally make the team I have a clean record, and I even go to church on easter sunday once every few years...

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    "If there is a choice between character or talent, we'll take character"

    Does seem like a new direction
    Aw, sweet!! I'm gonna be a Pacer next year!!

    Lol, so, ya.. I don't think we are gonna be very good.. Ya, there are plenty of non trouble making ballers out there.. But it sounds like they are gonna grab all the no name good guys instead of taking talented guys.

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    How long before people start blaming problems on these guys instead of Larry.
    I don't think I need to answer that question do I?

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    Aw, sweet!! I'm gonna be a Pacer next year!!

    Lol, so, ya.. I don't think we are gonna be very good.. Ya, there are plenty of non trouble making ballers out there.. But it sounds like they are gonna grab all the no name good guys instead of taking talented guys.
    You can build a team with character. Look at San Antonio, or more recently, the resurgence of Toronto and Portland.

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    I'm a little confused, to be honest.

    Wasn't the whole point of Donnie leaving that the management structure didn't work, and that we wanted to avoid the two-headed dragon? That Bird needed to be the sole voice?

    This whole thing worries me.
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    Default Re: Herb Simon to be Chairman/CEO of Pacers

    this is just a pr move to drum up support from those who can afford expensive/season tickets (aka big business).

    Larry is still the guy in charge of talent acquisition and the coaches and scouts. these two guys will try to keep tickets selling and will, of course, help direct the expungination of negative ticket sale impacters.

    this is all very technical business jargon.

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