I went to a season ticket holder breakfast this morning at Conseco that was held in the player's locker room. To my surprise there were only 4 of us that showed up and the guest speakers were Chris Denari and Clark Kellogg. Because there were only a few of us, we all just sat down at a table and chatted hoops for an hour. The tidbits that I remember and stuck out to me were-
-Both Chris and Clark listed the players that impressed them the most that worked out for us were in this consensus order- Marshon Brooks, Tobias Harris, Jimmer. Chris and Clark raved about Brooks saying he was a pure scorer and that's something the P's were obviously looking for and Clark commented on Brooks' tremendous length and how he really did look like Kobe when he first came into the league. Clark also seemed impressed with Harris potential, and both agreed that there was a place for Jimmer in this league just because he can shoot the basketball so effectively. Clark compared him to JJ Barea with a better shot- But the overwhelming vibe I got was that Brooks was really the guy they felt the P's were targeting and that he was most impressive.
-Clark spoke in length about his role with the P's and mainly his role with Lance. Gushed about Lance's ability and really wanted to mold him into being a man and was enjoying watch him mature. Said he has made great strides since the beginning of the season and that making the play-offs really built up team morale and any petty disagreements that happened between players was forgotten once the Bulls series started. Chris also mentioned he could see a huge difference in how Lance carried himself last night at the celeb softball game and was very impressed. Like most of us have speculated, Larry has big plans for Lance, and Clark specifically said- as a Point Guard.
-Both felt is wasn't "if" but "when" Frank is named head coach. Just a matter of time, and he will be surrounded with veteran assistants
-Matt Howard REALLY wants to play for the P's but understands it's probably not in the cards.
-Of the FA's on our roster they felt that Foster will almost for sure be back next year. Clark thought a team may over-pay for Josh, but he def. wants to stay a Pacer. Didn't speculate on Dun, and said obviously TJ and Solomon are gone.
-Clark raved about George but then expressed the importance that he couldn't quite yet give you 20+ pts a night yet, thus the need for another scorer to help Danny.
-Also mentioned that Chandler was someone the P's have targeted in the past and he is a UFA after this season and we may go after him.
That's what I can remember so far. Alot of it just verified things we already thought/knew but it was nice hear it coming straight from someone in the organization.