Pacers Training Camp Central 2009



Danny Granger lines up a shot in front of the Indiana University banners in Assembly Hall. (Jessica Hoffman/NBAE/Getty Images)
Pacers close preseason with win
Pacers 114, Spurs 112: Danny Granger scored 29 as the Pacers closed out the preseason with a victory over the Spurs Friday in Indiana University's Assembly Hall. Brandon Rush added 17 and Roy Hibbert 16. | Postgame report | Photo gallery | Box score

Hansbrough returns to practice
Oct. 22: Tyler Hansbrough took a major step back from a shin injury by returning to practice Thursday, but the rookie won't be in uniform Friday when the Pacers face the Spurs at IU's Assembly Hall.

Hibbert scores 20 but Pacers lose in Orlando
Magic 117, Pacers 87: Roy Hibbert scored 20 points and Brandon Rush 14 but the Pacers were beaten in Orlando Wednesday night. The Pacers close their preseason schedule Friday against theSpurs in Bloomington, Ind. | Recap | Box score.

Small backcourt means big role for Watson
Oct. 20: Veteran free agent Earl Watson has played so well, Coach Jim O'Brien frequently pairs him with either T.J. Ford or Luther Head in small but quick backcourt combinations. With Ford out, Watson will start Wednesday in Orlando.

Pacers seek consistency in final tuneups
Oct. 19: With two preseason games remaining, beginning Wednesday in Orlando against the Magic, the Pacers are seeking to level out the peaks and valleys and find some consistency despite a rash of injuries that has left them shorthanded. | Also: Three free agents waived

Hornets pull away in fourth quarter
Hornets 108, Pacers 96: Despite 23 from Danny Granger and 22 from T.J. Ford, the Pacers were outscored 32-18 in the fourth quarter and lost in New Orleans to the Hornets Saturday. Chris Paul scored 21 and Marcus Thornton 19 for the Hornets. | Game Center: Recap, box score, video and more

Pacers too much for Rockets
Pacers 119, Rockets 104: Danny Granger scored 22 points in less than 18 minutes and the Pacers held Houston to 37 percent shooting in a blowout Friday night in Conseco Fieldhouse. | Game Center: Recap, box score, video and more

Pacers measured against elite opponents
Oct. 16: Including tonight's game against Houston in Conseco Fieldhouse, the Pacers face nothing but 2009 playoff teams on their preseason schedule and Coach Jim O'Brien likes the opportunity to measure his team's progress against the NBA's elite.

Rush holding on to shooting guard spot
Oct. 15: Though he has yet to put together a complete game in the preseason, second-year standout Brandon Rush apparently has done enough to hold onto the starting spot at shooting guard ahead of veteran free-agent signee Dahntay Jones, though Coach Jim O'Brien says both have played well.


The Pacers and their guests pose for a group photo on The Great Wall of China. (NBAE/Getty Images)

Pacers.com takes you to Asia
Oct. 5-11: The Pacers made a historic trip to Asia for a pair of games against the Denver Nuggets, the first ever in Taiwan and the fourth in Beijing, and Conrad Brunner of Pacers.com took you along with his daily coverage including stories, video features and photos.

Hansbrough named decade's best
Oct. 3: Tyler Hansbrough was named the college basketball player of the decade by The Sporting News but the Pacers' rookie is more focused on what lies ahead.

Defense starts strong, doesn't finish
Bulls 104, Pacers 95: The Pacers played a strong defensive first half but couldn't sustain as Chicago pulled away in the second for a 104-95 victory Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse despite 27 points from Danny Granger and 14 from Luther Head. | Box Score | Photos | Video: Highlights | Postgame

Ford settling in as O'Brien's quarterback
Sept. 30: After finishing last season on the bench, T.J. Ford is back in the starting lineup and Coach Jim O'Brien has faith his quarterback will take charge this season.

Granger focused on team goals
Sept. 29: Having established himself as a star, Danny Granger is now facing the challenge of leading his team back to prominence as a playoff contender. | Video: Practice highlights

Players getting defensive message
Sept. 28: For the Pacers, it's not about changing their identity as a high-scoring team. It's about expanding it to include a more reliable defensive presence, beginning with new stopper Dahntay Jones.

Setback frustrating but not surprising
Sept. 28: Though he had hoped to be practicing by now, Mike instead will have to wait a while because of a recent tweak of his knee. He shares his thoughts about the setback in his blog exclusively for Pacers.com.

Longshots seeking opportunity
Sept. 27: Camp invitees Rod Benson, Demetris Nichols and Lawrence Roberts all know they're longshots to make the Pacers' roster but each believes there is an opportunity to be seized in the coming weeks. | Notebook: Dunleavy's return delayed by ligament strain

Key questions for training camp
Sept. 25: How are Mike Dunleavy and Tyler Hansbrough? Where's the defense? Can Granger improve? Those are some of the key questions facing the Pacers as they enter training camp.

Good news for O'Brien, Dunleavy
Sept. 25 notebook: Jim O'Brien's contract was extended by one additional year and Mike Dunleavy will practice when camp opens Saturday, but the Pacers are uncertain when Tyler Hansbrough will be available.

All 18 players join Media Day chat
Sept. 25: For the first time in franchise history, all 18 players on the training camp roster chatted live with fans during our exclusive day-long chat session. Check out what they all had to say. | Media Day Video: Danny Granger Q&A | Jim O'Brien Q&A