The Indiana Pacers have preseason schedule leaked for 2022-23
Indiana Pacers' point guard Tyrese Haliburton joined several other prominent NBA names in joining the Drew League for a game this past weekend.
(Monday) — Indiana Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton joined several other prominent NBA names in joining the Drew League this past weekend. All eyes shifted to the Drew League when LeBron James and DeMar DeRozan teamed up a few weeks ago.
Alvin Wills established the Drew League in 1973 with 6 teams, which has grown today to 28 invite-only teams, per the league’s website.
Before the Indiana Pacers season begins, Tyrese Haliburton gets more on-court reps.
Haliburton put his passing on full display, as usual, throughout his minutes last weekend. He finished the game with 14 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds.
It is nice to see the Pacers’ face of the franchise back on the floor earlier than he would be with the blue and gold. Last season Haliburton was deemed a Rising Star which was well deserved, but will he take his game to another level this season?
His skill set directly impacts the performance of others on this roster — setting up shooters and finding cutters is a strength. His teammates are young, athletic, and eager to prove their worth in this league. I don’t think it is improbable that Haliburton makes a case for the All-Star game this upcoming season, similar to that of Dejounte Murray last season with the Spurs.
The Charlotte Hornets leak one of the Indiana Pacers' preseason games, and more dates confirmed
(Tuesday) — The Charlotte Hornets Twitter page announced its preseason schedule on Aug. 4th. Among those teams set to face them in early October is the Indiana Pacers. The official date for the game is set for Oct. 5th at 7:00 PM EST.
Following that Tweet, several reports (while unofficial) of what Indiana’s preseason could look like. Those dates are as follows: Oct. 5th at Hornets, Oct. 7th at Knicks, Oct. 12th vs Knicks, and Oct. 14th vs Rockets.
Indiana's official preseason schedule has yet to be released, but it looks like they will be active in early October as of now. After the conclusion of summer league, I have been rather impatient to see more of what will be the season of youth in Indiana.
Bennedict Mathurin was impressive, but that was without the addition of Tyrese Haliburton whose style of play elevates others' on-court production. I am eager to see the chemistry between these two develop over the course of the season and what that can do for their teammates.
In addition to the backcourt pairing of Haliburton and Mathurin, I am really interested in how Chris Duarte grows from year one to year two in the NBA. He already appeared in the summer league, albeit for one game, and showcased a calm, poised tempo in his offense. I have high hopes for the second year Rising Star.
If the blank date from the Hornet's Twitter page is one of Indiana's first preseason games, then fans will have to wait for just under two months.
Victor Oladipo speaks on leaving the Indiana Pacers via his personal Twitter
(Wednesday) — Victor Oladipo was traded from the Indiana Pacers in January of 2021. What could have been a pairing worth keeping, dwindled into an unrepairable relationship between player and franchise. Indiana was Oladipo's city until it wasn't. After a serious injury to his right quadriceps tendon, a riff seemingly occurred in the relationship the two parties shared.
Oladipo was sidelined for over a year until he made his long-awaited return on Jan. 29, 2020, which was just before the COVID-19 outbreak that suspended the season. Oladipo would return the following season for a brief stint before being traded to the Houston Rockets and eventually the Miami Heat where still is.
This week Oladipo took to Twitter to respond to a comment on one of his fans’ Tweets. His reply was an interesting thought worth sharing. Oladipo implied that the stars playing in Indiana eventually wanted out — although each had different circumstances — he believes the trend is notable.
I think what happened to Oladipo in terms of the injury is awful and there was a lot going on behind the scenes that we may never know about. We know that the Pacers offered him more money than he would eventually receive in other cities, but we can only speculate what happened to tear the relationship Oladipo shared with this franchise.
There is a common denominator between Paul George and Victor Oladipo in that both insinuated there was more to the story after leaving Indiana. PG said he will do a “tell all” and Oladipo leads on the same thought that there is more to it than just wanting out.
My belief is management and finances got in the way of an unfortunate situation for both parties surrounding the injury that took place. The Pacers offered Oladipo a significant amount of money, but the lack of agreement leads me to believe outside factors played a large role in a simple contract extension.
The Indiana Pacers would not have traded Oladipo just for the sake of doing so. There was motivation and whatever sparked that is a mystery we might not solve anytime soon.