Pacers Last Week: Feb. 26 — GRIII’s debut, McKinney Jones called up, Collison still sidelined

A lot happens each week with the Pacers and it’s not easy to stay on top of it. Pacers Last Week keeps you updated on everything going on with the franchise.

  • Tonight, the team begins a challenging task with 17 games over the next 32 days and without more than one day off between games. Monday’s game in Dallas is the first of four in a row on the road.
  • For the first time in Pacers franchise history, they called up one of their own for a 10-day contract. Trey McKinney Jones, who is on his fourth stint with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, was the recipient. He was with the Pacers for both summer league and training camp.
  • I spoke with McKinney Jones after his first practice on a 10-day contract to discuss what the grind has been like for him, this reward, and how there is no hyphen in his name.
  • At the team’s first practice after the All-Star break on Wednesday, first time All-Star Victor Oladipo was in a good mood and energized. When is he without energy, really? While waiting for his turn to shoot free throws, Oladipo grabbed a stick behind the basket and acted as if he was curling.
  • Starting point guard Darren Collison had his left knee scoped almost three weeks ago, and he doesn’t plan to play again until after the team concludes this four-game road trip.
  • Glenn Robinson III made his season debut Friday in a home win over Atlanta. GRIII finished with four points (2 of 6 shooting) and two rebounds in 19 minutes, about nine more than expected.
  • They assigned rookie Ike Anigbogu to the Mad Ants on Saturday. He had 19 points and seven rebounds in 32 minutes as Fort Wayne won at home over the Iowa Wolves.

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