Pacers Last Week: Mar. 12 — Collison returns from injury, meeting with league official, Dale Davis back in town

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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.

  • Forward Trevor Booker finally practiced with the team and made his first appearance Wednesday in a home loss to Utah, where he played from 2014-16.
  • Darren Collison returned on March 9, just over four weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He has 19 points, 15 assists and just three turnovers total in two games.
  • Longtime Indianapolis scribe Bill Benner, who has worked for Pacers Sports & Entertainment since Nov. 2013 in corporate communications, is retiring from that role with the franchise at the end of the month. He will, however, remain the director of the Pacers Foundation.
  • During that same announcement, PS&E hired Fishers native Brent Rockwood, a Butler grad, to replace Benner as Senior Vice President for Corporate, Community and Public Relations.
  • I published an hour-long podcast with David Benner, the team’s longtime director of media relations.
  • The NBA 2K League will hold the inaugural draft on Wednesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. ET in The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden’s Lobby in New York. The Draft Lottery, meanwhile, will be held on Tuesday, March 13 at 1 p.m. ET.
  • Lance Stephenson was assessed a Flagrant-1 foul, after the fact, for tripping John Henson of Milwaukee and then earned a technical foul the very next game.
  • The team met on Friday with NBA VP of Referee Development and Training Monty McCutchen, who is visiting with every team in hopes of improving the relationship between teams and the officials.
  • They had no names on the injury report for the first time this season entering Friday’s win against Atlanta, Game No. 66 of the season.
  • This was a fun video of Victor Oladipo signaling a made 3-pointer as officials would.
  • Second-round pick Ike Anigbogu posted a career-high 20 points Friday with the Mad Ants in a win over Delaware. He then was recalled by the Pacers.
  • They then assigned forward Alex Poythress to the Mad Ants on Saturday after practice.
  • Former Pacer Dale Davis was back in Indiana to watch his son, Trayce Jackson-Davis (’19) of Center Grove, play in the Seymour Regional. They lost to the Romeo Langford led New Albany Bulldogs.
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse hosted the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital Celebration of Caring Gala Saturday night with Peyton in the house, along with country singer Thomas Rhett.
  • By winning in Boston and Cleveland losing in Los Angeles to the Lakers, the Pacers started the new week third in the East with 15 games to go

[Photo: Frank McGrath/PS&E]

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