Larry Bird drives Indy Car through NYC, delivers All-Star bid for Pacers

Larry Bird drives Indy Car through NYC, delivers All-Star bid for Pacers

This year TNT is hosting an National Basketball Association awards show on June 26 to announce all of the league's awards. An interesting factor that could have some impact on his future in IN is the new "designated player" rule, which allows for veteran players that meet certain criteria to earn more money when inking a new contract with their current teams. It would be better for the Pacers if the team parts ways with him and trades him for draft picks they can use to rebuild the team around Myles Turner. A contingent of high-ranking officials from Pacers Sports & Entertainment, the Indiana Sports Corp, and Visit Indy traveled to All-Star Weekend each of the past two years to gather information on everything it takes to pull off the NBA's annual showcase.

The Indiana Pacers' season came to an end on Sunday in their Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers, 106-102.

But as he has become further removed from his leg injury, and as his level has rose as the season progressed, reaching a pinnacle in the post-season, George has laid the foundations for what should be a very good 2017-18 season.

Vaughn says it also presents an extraordinary opportunity to showcase Indianapolis, with more than 3,000 media members from around the globe expected to be credentialed for the game.

According to Sporting News' Mitch Lawrence, George has apparently made it no secret to the Pacers what his long-term plans are. While that sounds like great news for Magic Johnson and company, the franchise should absolutely not attempt to trade for George.

Could this be the year that LeBron finally doesn't make the Finals? Cleveland defeats IN 106-102.

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If he does not then it is likely that the Pacers will trade him this summer so they can get some young asset for him as opposed to seeing him leave for nothing in free agency in the summer of 2018.

The NBA has dealt with plenty of refereeing issues over the years. What does IN really need to become a championship contender?

Either way, with or without George, the Pacers must find a way to beat LeBron James, if they are to achieve something other than disappointment.

It would be devastating for IN to lose its franchise player for nothing or to get less than value IN a trade-deadline deal. "But you never know".

Johnson no longer needs to accidentally cross paths with George. But they might have at least felt better about not getting swept. The Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, and Los Angeles Lakers all reportedly had talks with the Pacers about George.

And when the Cavaliers next take the court, Williams will again be at the ready for a team with aspirations of earning a second straight NBA Championship.

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