Dear Pacer Fans,
Please join me and ESPN NBA guru David Thorpe tomorrow at 2:30 for a season preview chat about the Pacers wherein you can ask questions about anything and everything in the Pacers universe.
Honestly, that statement probably sounds even more ridiculous to me than it does to you. I have no business discussing basketball in the same room — virtual or not — as David Thorpe. He has personally trained the likes of Kevin Martin, Luol Deng and Tyrus Thomas, all of whom sought out his tutelage at the Florida-based IMG Academies. He also writes for ESPN.com and is Bristol’s de facto NBA rookie expert, a role that led him to ranking Roy Hibbert and Brandon Rush as 21st and 29th best-performing rookies of the 2008 draft class, respectively, in his final “NBA Rookie 50 Rankings” last season.
Here is Thorpe’s brief take on Hibbert towards the end of last year.
Hibbert is yet another young big who is having his best month in March. He’s scoring 8.4 ppg, although he’s struggling to rebound (just 3.6 rpg in March). Still, he has put together five double-figure scoring games in 10 games, and he has blocked 1.7 shots per game, too (five came in one game). However, he’s fouling 3.7 times per game, which is far too much for his 18-minutes-per-game average.
Again, not sure why anyone would ever ask me to attempt to supplement David’s knowledge with my own harebrained perspectives even when the subject matter is the Indiana Pacers, but the Worldwide Leader is doing all of these team preview chats with one part ESPN expert, one part TrueHooper, so I got the nod by default.
And have no fear, unfortunate sports fans who aren’t able to cancel your afternoon meetings in favor of an NBA preview chat. The convo will remain archived so that you can view it later at your own convenience. (I’ll probably also embed it here on 8p9s at some point, too.)
As for the videos below, check out Parts I and II of a look into Kevin Martin’s personal workouts at IMG Academies. Hopefully someone can get Brandon Rush this guy’s number.