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News » Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2009-09-09


Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2009-09-09


Indiana Pacers Roster Report 2009-09-09PLAYER NEWS:

--There's no need to worry about the right knee that caused F Danny Granger to sit out the Team USA camp in Las Vegas last month. Pacers officials say Granger's knee is healthy and he's resumed doing his normal offseason workouts.

"He really improved his situation with his knee," coach Jim O'Brien said. "Now he's fine and he'll be ready to go. He's playing now."

--Scoring on the perimeter isn't a problem for the Pacers. Getting scoring from the center position is a different story. The Pacers hope C Roy Hibbert will help solve that problem. The second-year center has spent the summer working on his quickness and low-post scoring game so he can be the player the Pacers turn to when they need an easy basket down low.

"I think Roy is a key guy because he's 7-2 and his ability to be a strong offensive factor," coach Jim O'Brien said. "Offensively, we have to use him in the low post. We will use him to the extent that he deserves to be a low-post go-to guy on a regular basis. We know we can score and we have a strong perimeter presence, but we want to establish a strong low-post presence with Roy, with Tyler (Hansbrough) and more with (Troy Murphy)."

Hibbert averaged 7.1 points and 3.5 rebounds last season.

--G Earl Watson did not to play for Mexico in the FIBA Americas Championships because of some type of paperwork issue, according to reports. Watson was eligible to play for Mexico because his mother is Mexican.

--F Tyler Hansbrough, out with a shin injury, told SportingNews.com that he hopes to start working out again in a "couple of weeks." The Pacers' first-round pick is out because of a lingering right shin injury, which happened during his senior season at North Carolina. Hansbrough is expected to back up Troy Murphy this season as long as he can stay healthy.

"It's tough not being able to work out," Hansbrough told SportingNews.com.

MEDICAL WATCH:

--G Mike Dunleavy could return for the season opener against Atlanta on Oct. 28 after undergoing right knee surgery in March.

--F Tyler Hansbrough is out because of a lingering right shin injury, which happened while he was at the University of North Carolina.

DRAFT PICKS:

Tyler Hansbrough, F, 6-9, North Carolina (first round) -- Pacers love Hansbrough's energy. He's been described as a young Jeff Foster with a better offensive game. Hansbrough's arrival means the Pacers are more likely to try to trade Foster.

A.J. Price, G, 6-2, Connecticut (second round) -- Price is a long shot to make the team since the Pacers already have two point guards on the roster and could have a third one if they re-sign Jarrett Jack.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 9, 2009

 

 
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