Inside the Pacers' War Room with Ryan Carr
After months and months of scouting, travel, workouts, interviews, and research, the day that Ryan Carr waits all year for has finally arrived: Draft Night.
"This day is always really exciting," said Carr, the Director of Scouting for the Pacers. "It's hard to sleep the night before, no matter how many hours we've put in getting ready for it. A lot of people say it's like our Christmas Day."
The Pacers own the 57th pick in Thursday night's draft, which will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Carr, Larry Bird, Kevin Pritchard, and the rest of the Pacers front office and scouting department will hunker down in Indiana's War Room inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse to watch the draft and discuss their strategy as the night unfolds.
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Those in the room tonight include:
Larry Bird, President of Basketball Operations
Jim Morris, President
Kevin Pritchard, General Manager
Donnie Walsh, Consultant for Basketball Operations
Peter Dinwiddie, Vice President of Basketball Operations
Ryan Carr, Director of Scouting
Pete Philo, Director of International Scouting
Jason Buckner, Manager of Scouting Administration
Vance Catlin, Scout
Matt Doherty, Scout
Kevin Mackey, Scout
Carl Nicks, Scout
Harrison Greenberg, Basketball Operations Intern
While whatever the Pacers do will ultimately be Bird's decision, everyone in the War Room's opinion will be considered and valued. Carr and his scouts have spent months and months travelling all over the world to see potential prospects.
"Our staff has worked so hard all year to prepare for this and give Larry and (Pritchard) and (Dinwiddie) all the information they could have," Carr said.
"We feel prepared throughout the whole draft should anything come up. We've spent an incredible amount of time on pick 57, and we have some guys that we hope get there. We'll just see what the day holds."
In the video below, Carr gives Pacers.com an exclusive look inside the Pacers' War Room and discusses the general plan for monitoring the night's movement: