Author Archives: Scott Agness

Roll call: Forecasting the Pacers’ traveling party to Orlando

This day usually marks the start of NBA free agency, a time when star players begin having official conversations with teams and fringe players grow nervous when surveying their options. July 1 this year, a year that has dragged on and keeps getting even more bizarre, is the deadline for 22 NBA teams to submit…

Frequent tests, discussions and a real opportunity: How the Pacers are preparing for restart

As the NBA’s restart draws nearer, the Pacers front office has plenty on its plate. Instead of being locked into free agency as they are used to entering July, their focus in this unusual year is elsewhere. It’s combing through restart manuals more than 100 pages thick, joining daily calls with the league office, communicating…

Hello again. A personal update, plus Pacers news

First of all, I miss you all. The last two weeks have been odd, to say the least. I was among the 46 employees suddenly laid off at The Athletic on Friday, June 5. The first day was strange as the news began to sink it, but so many were there for me. The calls, texts and…

Ep. 95: Pacers season review with Bob Kravitz

The Pacers’ season ended in disappointing fashion, a 4-0 sweep to the Celtics in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs. Ten days after their final game of the season, president Kevin Pritchard and head coach Nate McMillan met with the media to discuss their year, mostly without star Victor Oladipo, and what sets up to…

Ep. 94: Game 1 breakdown with Jared Weiss

BOSTON — The Pacers dropped Game 1 in Boston, 84-74. The third quarter, in which they missed 17 of 19 shots and scored only eight points, was their worst single quarter in franchise playoff history. They managed just 29 points in the second half – a total of 24 minutes. Not good. So that’s what…

Ep. 93: Previewing Pacers-Celtics with Bob Kravitz

The Pacers Podcast is back, right in time for the 2019 NBA postseason. They finished the season with a record identical to last season, 48-34, and they did it despite two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo only appearing in 36 games. So, the Pacers are the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and are matched up…

Ep. 92: David Alexander – Victor Oladipo’s sports performance trainer

Victor Oladipo, Pacers, David Alexander, DBC Fitness

Before Victor Oladipo was traded during the 2017 offseason, he was already two months into his offseason program. And for the first time, he completed it down in Miami at DBC Fitness with David Alexander. On the suggestion from Dwyane Wade, Oladipo worked out five days a week with the sports performance trainer who trains…

Ep. 91: Myles Turner signs extension; summer yoga with Bridget Gibbs

Myles Turner, yoga, Pacers

Myles Turner spent the majority of the offseason down in Texas. It was home, away from distractions, and allowed for him to focus on himself. He was preparing for the final year of his rookie deal — and later reached agreement with the Pacers on a four-year extension that guaranteed him $72 million. But before…