Pacers Chat Transcripts
|2004-05 PACERS CHAT TRANSCRIPTS|
April 7, 2005: Dale Davis
One of the most popular players ever to don a Pacers uniform, Dale Davis rejoined the Pacers last month for a second tour of duty. A first-round pick out of Clemson in 1991, Davis spent his first nine NBA seasons in Indiana, averaging 9.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.35 blocked shots while playing a vital role in the team's rise to prominence. With Davis starting at power forward, the Pacers made five trips to the Eastern Conference Finals and reached the NBA Finals in 2000.
After the 1999-2000 season, when Davis made his first NBA All-Star appearance, he was traded to Portland for Jermaine O'Neal. He spent four seasons with the Trail Blazers and was traded to Golden State prior to the 2004-05 season. When the Warriors sent him to New Orleans as part of the trade that brought Baron Davis to Golden State, Dale Davis asked for and was granted his release, allowing him to return to Indiana.
Check out what Dale had to say about how this year's team compares to some in the past and much more.
Feb. 2, 2005: Joe Ash
Joe Ash is in his first full season with the Pacers and brings years of basketball experience to President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird's staff. Ash is responsible for all aspects of scouting for the Pacers, including college, professional, free agent and international scouting. He also assists Bird in organizing, preparing and carrying out the NBA draft.
Ash is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with B.S. and Masters Degrees. After graduation, he spent 11 years coaching high school basketball in Nebraska, Iowa and New Jersey, where he won two Coach of the Year awards. From there, Ash spent five seasons as an assistant coach at William Patterson College in New Jersey, helping with scouting and recruiting there.
After organizing and directing a college team scouting service, Ash move on to the NBA as a scout working for the Philadelphia 76ers for five seasons, the Charlotte Hornets for three seasons and the Houston Rockets for 11 seasons. He also has vast international scouting experience, having visited more than 20 countries in his career.
See what he had to say about the upcoming draft and much much more in his live chat on Feb. 2.
Dec. 15, 2004: Michael Curry
Michael Curry didn't need a lot of time to familiarize himself with his new team. The 36-year-old veteran small forward signed with the Pacers on Dec. 13, joining his two most recent head coaches: Rick Carlisle (who he played for in Detroit from 2001-03) and assistant Kevin O'Neill (in Toronto last season).
Known for his defensive prowess and intangibles, Curry also serves as President of the National Basketball Players Association and is therefore involved in the appeals process for suspended Pacers players Jermaine O'Neal, Stephen Jackson and Ron Artest.
Curry checked in with Pacers.com for a live chat on Dec. 15. See what he had to say about his first game and much much more.
Nov. 17, 2004: Mark Boyle
Mark Boyle is in his 17th season as the "Voice of the Pacers" on an extensive statewide network. Before coming to Indiana, Boyle's career took him to KMOX Radio in St. Louis, where he worked in one of the most highly regarded sports departments in broadcasting, and he was also one of the original on-air voices at WFAN Radio in New York, the country's first all sports radio station.
Since joining the Pacers in 1988, Boyle has handled the play-by-play on every regular season and playoff game that the club has been involved in, and his streak of 1,416 consecutive games is the longest current run in the Eastern Conference. A man of varied interests, Boyle has competed in the U.S. Open Chess Tournament, performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, and has been piranha fishing on the Amazon River.
Active in several local charities, he is on the Board of Directors for The Indiana Blind Children's Foundation. See what he had to say about this year's team, working at WFAN and much more.
Nov. 3, 2004: Donnie Walsh
Not only has Donnie Walsh been an assistant coach, general manager and now, CEO/President, for the Indiana Pacers, he has been the franchise's constant builder and believer. On and off the court. Under Walsh's leadership, the Pacers have become one of the NBA's elite teams, reaching the NBA Finals in 2000, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals six times and winning four Central Division Championships.
Consider that when Walsh took over the Pacers as general manager in April 1986, the team was coming off a 26-56 season and had reached the playoffs only once in 10 NBA seasons. Under Walsh's guidance, the Pacers have now reached the playoffs 14 of the last 15 years and returned to the elite of the league. Under new coach Rick Carlisle, the 2003-04 Pacers won the Central Division, compiled the best record in the NBA (61-21), set franchise records for road wins in the NBA (27), total victories and winning percentage (.744) while reaching the Eastern Conference Finals again.
Now, Walsh is putting a different stamp on the franchise, having named Larry Bird as President of Basketball Operations in July, 2003, to take the team into the next era. Walsh checked in with Pacers.com for a live chat on Nov. 3. Check out what he had to say about early injuries and much more.
Oct. 20, 2004: Mike Brown
A rising star in the coaching ranks, Mike Brown is entering his second season as the Pacers' Associate Head Coach and 13th in the NBA. Brown, whose primary responsibility lies with the defense, joined the Pacers from the 2003 World Champion San Antonio Spurs, where he was an assistant coach for three seasons.
During his time there, he was the head coach for the Spurs' summer league teams in Boston and Salt Lake City. The 32-year-old (3/5/70) Brown began his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets in 1992, where he spent five seasons, first as the team's video coordinator and then as a scout.
He joined the Washington Wizards' staff in 1997 and spent three years there, first as an assistant under Bernie Bickerstaff, then as the team's professional scout. Coach Brown joined Pacers.com for a live chat on Oct. 20. Check out what he had to say about the upcoming season and much much more.