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    Here is the Mike Wells take on the first day of practice for the new look Pacers!

    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dl...RTS04/80930076

    Indiana Pacers coach Jim O'Brien didn't waste time or words today stressing how defense will determine whether the team returns to the playoffs.

    Today's first practice concluded with five-on-five drills, including one in which O'Brien said the only goal was to keep the offense out of the paint. He also reminded his defense the importance of every possession.

    O'Brien told players that they allowed 1.5 more points per game than they scored last season.

    O'Brien said every possession is potentially a 6-point swing, and told his defense to dive on the floor and come up with loose balls.

    Check back later this afternoon as Mike Wells blogs about his first impressions of the new-look Pacers at IndyStar.com/pacersinsider.
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    This should please UB.

    Did me too.

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    hehehe

    That does please me. But more than anything I'm most pleased that basketball is back!!!!!

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    hehehe

    That does please me. But more than anything I'm most pleased that basketball is back!!!!!
    You and me both. Let's get to work, guys!

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    hehehe

    That does please me. But more than anything I'm most pleased that the NBA is back!!!!!
    Fixed.

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    I wasn't thrilled with some of the things we did last year from a coaching standpoint but I held out hope it was all about getting some players some confidence back and seeing what we had in raw ability before really trying to install a more disciplined system once a team was assembled for this season.

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    Default Re: Mike Wells practice impressions

    O'Brien feels Rasho is a weapon. Everytime he gets the ball good things happen.

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    Fixed.

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    I guess the smiley wasn't enough. Next time I'll wrap the joke with sarcasm tags.

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    I guess the smiley wasn't enough. Next time I'll wrap the joke with sarcasm tags.
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    Today's first practice concluded with five-on-five drills, including one in which O'Brien said the only goal was to keep the offense out of the paint. He also reminded his defense the importance of every possession.

    O'Brien told players that they allowed 1.5 more points per game than they scored last season.

    O'Brien said every possession is potentially a 6-point swing, and told his defense to dive on the floor and come up with loose balls.

    The importance of every possession: Great stuff. We're talking about a lot fewer games where the Pacers fall 10 points down in the first quarter.
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    The importance of every possession: Great stuff. We're talking about a lot fewer games where the Pacers fall 10 points down in the first quarter.
    Not to pick on your quote, but I'm hoping for more results and less talk this year.







    Your quote was fine, I just saw a chance to use it out of context to make a point.

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    He's updated it again:

    You can't beat Pacers coach Jim O'Brien and the way he runs practices.

    O'Brien's the only coach I've covered in the NBA, albeit I've only covered three - Flip Saunders and Rick Carlisle were the other two - that allows the media see more than just free throws and individual drills at the end of practice.

    O'Brien allows the media to watch scrimmages. He doesn't hold back voicing his unhappiness if he doesn't like what he sees.

    No one should be shocked that the Pacers spent most of Tuesday's practice working on their defense. Jeff Rabjohns will have a story on their defense in Wednesday's paper.

    One of the most surprising things I heard out of practice was O'Brien's glowing regard for Rasho Nesterovic's passing ability

    O'Brien stopped a drill and told his players to look to give Nesterovic the ball. Not for his scoring, but for his passing.

    "Rasho's a weapon," O'Brien said. "For the 15th time, if you pass him the ball something good will happen."

    Speaking of passing, Roy Hibbert could be pretty effective distributing the ball from the elbow. He attempted a couple of backdoor passes during practice.

    That's good news for Sunshine, who continues to remind me about how much Hibbert will help the Pacers this season.

    --I've had some people say the Pacers brought Austin Croshere to camp to help out PR wise.
    Don't believe it.
    I'm definitely not calling a Croshere a savior or anything like that, but he's on a mission to make the roster and force team officials to possibly cut two players.
    I don't recall seeing him miss a shot in the practice.
    I think he'll help from the locker room standpoint. He's always carried himself well and did the right things. He also gives great quotes to the media.

    --O'Brien is stressing not to over dribble the ball. He constantly told his players to keep the ball moving. He believes over dribbling allows teams to catch their breath. He doesn't want that. He wants constant ball movement so they can wear teams down throughout the game.
    I'm fascinated by the fact that both of our two new centers are allegedly quite good passers for their position.

    Glad to hear Croshere doing well, too. I'm rooting for him to beat out McRoberts and Baston. Not purely a heart pick, but that's a big part of it.

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    Saw some footage on Channel 13 news, one clip of B Rush picking Danny's pocket as he was trying to take him off a pick and roll. Both dove on the floor after B Rush knocked the ball out.

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    You'd think Wells could've snuck this in somewhere........

    Dunleavy misses practice with sore knee

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    That concerns me. They go from "the injury doesn't seem to be serious" to "he couldn't practice if he tried."

    Hopefully it's nothing and he's 100% by the season opener. My biggest concern would be if it's something that bothers him all season long.

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    He'll be okay. This just goes to show how hard this guy works to become the player we was expected to be.

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    Sunshine has taken control!
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    Man, for a guy with basically no sunshine rep, that's a darn hopeful interpretation of last year's pitiful offensive schemes.

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    Yeah Channel 13 WTHR had by far the best report last night at about 5:50 (they had a little shorter version in their 11:00 news) Also noticed jack Ramsey was there and seemed to be right in the middle of things - not that I could see if he was helping to coach at all, but he wasn't just sitting along the sidelines

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    I'm fascinated by the fact that both of our two new centers are allegedly quite good passers for their position.
    Using our big men as passers and facilitators was one of the best things that O'Brien did last year. JO and Murphy both averaged over 2 assists a game last season. Foster's assist numbers doubled. Even Harrison was making good passes at times last season. Now we've brought in two bigs (Rasho and Roy) who are both good passers and jump shooters. It sounds like a big in the high post feeding cutters like Rush and Granger and Dunleavy should be quite effective. If we get better at finishing...
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    As Wells suggested...if Croshere is somehow kept......we would have to cut 2 players......I have ZERO problems with cutting McRoberts.

    My assumption would be that we could somehow move Tinsley in some "2 for 1" deal to somehow pair down our roster......but if we don't move him.....then who else do we cut?

    When is the latest that we have to finalize our roster?
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    I think we have until late October. Probably around the 20th or so?

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    I think we have until late October. Probably around the 20th or so?
    So, I guess that means that if we want to keep Croshere over McRoberts..... we have until then to figure out some "2 for 1" deal for Tinsley?
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    You've also got the possibility they keep Croshere on the line until they get the trade done. He may not make the roster right off the bat, but at least he got in here, practiced, learns the scheme for then "the move" takes place

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