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    Default Former Pacers GM Morway on the current Pacers team

    I uncovered this while reading up on the game tonight.

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks...232005941.html

    Bucks assistant GM on new construction project



    Indianapolis — David Morway knows this Indiana Pacers team is really good.

    After all, he helped put the pieces together as general manager of the Pacers from May 2008 until June 2012.

    Now Morway is assistant general manager for the Milwaukee Bucks and trying to help engineer a turnaround for another small-market team.

    So Morway will be watching his old and new teams with keen interest Friday night when the Bucks face the unbeaten Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

    Indiana (8-0) is the only undefeated team in the National Basketball Association more than two weeks into the regular season.

    And the Pacers have played in such a dominant manner that plenty of folks are taking notice, including LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

    "There's continuity particularly with the starting five," Morway said of his former team. "They're all high-character guys, team guys first.

    "And they have a heck of a head coach. Frank (Vogel) is terrific. He exudes a lot of confidence in his team and that's an important characteristic for a coach to have."

    The Pacers lost to the Heat in a seven-game Eastern Conference final series last season. And they are thinking even bigger now after coming so close to Miami, which won its second straight NBA title.

    Paul George, the 10th overall pick in 2010, and center Roy Hibbert, acquired in a draft-night deal with Toronto in 2008, joined the Pacers during Morway's tenure.

    Morway signed veteran David West to a two-year deal to become Indiana's starting power forward before the 2011-'12 season. West elected to remain with Indiana when he became a free agent last summer.

    "We had spent a lot of time getting the (salary) cap flexibility, and David was the guy, for reasons on and off the court," Morway said.

    "He's a leader, a really good man. And he's a legitimate tough guy.

    "He was a great role model for Roy and Paul. The identity we were trying to establish, he cemented it in the locker room."

    The versatile George has developed into an all-star swingman, a player capable of defending James or other NBA superstars.

    "We knew he was going to be able to defend," Morway said. "We could see how quick-twitched he was; we could see that early on.

    "He wasn't strong enough to guard LeBron and those guys at first. But now he can. And no matter how good he gets, he still defends."

    Morway has not been stunned at the Pacers' fast start, which includes victories over three division rivals (Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago) and a road victory over Brooklyn.
    "I see maturity, a confidence, a belief in themselves," Morway said. "They understand who they are and that they're good."

    Morway was out of basketball last season after resigning as Indiana's general manager. Team president Larry Bird wanted to make a change and installed Kevin Pritchard as the Pacers' GM.

    Now Morway is energized about his new opportunity working with Bucks general manager John Hammond.

    Milwaukee (2-5) has been hit by injuries and controversy early in the season, with starting center Larry Sanders lost for six weeks after tearing ligaments in his right thumb in a bar brawl. Starting power forward Ersan Ilyasova has played sparingly due to a right ankle sprain suffered in the preseason, and veteran Luke Ridnour has yet to play due to a herniated disc in his back.

    "We have great veterans and some really good young players," Morway said. "Anytime you're building something it's tough.

    "The exciting part is watching guys grow every day and develop over time. One thing I've noticed. They don't like losing.

    "When we get everybody back on that court, then we'll see what this team is. I know I'm excited about it, developing it but also the performance part. We have a chance to be pretty good and continue to grow."

    Encouraging news: Bucks forward Caron Butler suffered a mild sprain of his left shoulder when he fell to the floor late in Wednesday's game at Orlando, team officials confirmed Thursday.
    It's not certain how long Butler will be sidelined, but he avoided a more serious injury.
    That's great news for a team that had just eight available players for its 94-91 loss to the Magic and finished the game with seven after Butler was hurt.
    The Bucks did not practice Thursday and took an afternoon flight from Orlando to Indianapolis. Milwaukee will conclude its three-game road swing against the Pacers before returning home to face Oklahoma City on Saturday night, ending a stretch of four games in five nights.
    FRIDAY

    Bucks at Pacers. When: 6 p.m.


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    I agree with Morway. Of all the great qualities Frank has as our coach, is the confidence he gives his team. And false bravado doesn't work, a coach has to really believe in his guys and Frank does. (I think this was also somehting that the coaching staff of Bird, Calisle and Harter did a great job of from 1998 - 2000)
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    I agree with Morway. Of all the great qualities Frank has as our coach, his best is the conference he gives the team. And false bravado doesn't work, a coach has to really believe in his guys and Frank does. (I think this was also somehting that the coaching staff of Bird, Calisle and Harter did a great job of from 1998 - 2000)

    it's true he could have gave us the western conference

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    I agree with Morway. Of all the great qualities Frank has as our coach, his best is the conference he gives the team. And false bravado doesn't work, a coach has to really believe in his guys and Frank does. (I think this was also somehting that the coaching staff of Bird, Calisle and Harter did a great job of from 1998 - 2000)
    This really can't be overstated, especially replacing JOB. I'll admit, when I watched Frank's first few pressers with that "this is a different baskeball team" stuff I thought it was cheesy. Who the hell is this dude that's been riding a crap coach's coattails his whole career and who are the actual coaches we can hire this summer? Never been more happy to be wrong. I never, ever want Vogel to leave.

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    UB....when I read the subject...I thought that you meant that Morway was back in the Pacers Front Office....not that the article talks about Morway's opinion of the Current team as the Bucks current GM.
    Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.

    This is David West, he is the Honey Badger, West just doesn't give a *****....he's pretty bad *ss cuz he has no regard for any other Player or Team whatsoever.

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    UB....when I read the subject...I thought that you meant that Morway was back in the Pacers Front Office....not that the article talks about Morway's opinion of the Current team as the Bucks current GM.
    he's with the Bucks helping with all the genius decisions they made this offseason

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    he's with the Bucks helping with all the genius decisions they made this offseason
    I know.....I just read the subject and thought that Morway as on the current Pacers Team ( as in he was back with the Team ).
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    This is David West, he is the Honey Badger, West just doesn't give a *****....he's pretty bad *ss cuz he has no regard for any other Player or Team whatsoever.

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