It’s Labor Day weekend and suddenly it’s weeks, not even months Pacers Confidential information about training camp and official pre-season work at Fieldhouse.
Several players are already working in the city, while Chris Duarte and Goga Petadze play for Puerto Rico and Georgia, respectively in the FIBA qualifying matches. Bitadze made the news over the weekend with the classic Goga trifecta that many Pacers fans have tested in the past.
First, last Thursday, Goga showed his skill set with a strong game in Georgia’s 79-76 overtime loss to Belgium, where he finished the match with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Of course, he straightened his ankle late in the game and couldn’t make it to Georgia’s game against Turkey over the weekend, but he remained loyal to his team.
Turkish ( 76ersForward, Furkan Korkmaz was expelled After the dust and up the back of the head In the field. Reports of what happened next are not clear (lost in translation?), but Korkmaz and the coach stated that they faced each other by three Georgian players in the lobby as they go to the locker room. They claimed they were attacked, and others reported being attacked, which could be considered an attack, but Goga was involved. The Georgian side seems to see things differently and The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is investigating the matter To sort out biased reports.
Regardless, it’s not hard to imagine Goga jumping into battle at least to be heard and defending his team giving us the Goga trifecta (not always in this order):
- Show the potential
- suffer an injury
- Lose calm, get into a fight
It is easy to appreciate Goga’s reluctance to take the nest from anyone, but this tendency is not good. Last season, we saw him head Gary Payton after the Golden State guard drowned on top of a Goga. The year before, we saw his feelings boil over with assistant coach Greg Foster.
Once again, appreciate the passion, and as James Boyd Record Last season, Goga grew up in an environment that required him to be prepared to stand up for himself. But now is the time, for Goga to figure out how to manage those emotions and stay available to provide more moments when he can show off his talent rather than get on his nerves.
The Pacers roster is not season specific and Goga’s role may vary from occasional bench minutes to a regular rotation player, if he already remains on the roster. As a first-round pick in the 2019 draft, Goga needs to deliver something positive that the Pacers can rely on moving forward.
Donovan Mitchell’s trade helps Cavs and Pacers
In some good news off season, the The Cleveland Cavaliers acquire Donovan Mitchell From jazz to a few players and selections that won’t change Kavs’ high ceiling. That’s good for the Pacers because they need Cleveland to make the playoffs in order to have an additional first-round pick next summer.
Last season, the Cavs’ strong start made the playoffs look like a lock. However, some major injuries altered that trajectory beyond the season (although it also prompted Caves to tackle Karis Levert). So assuming the roster remains relatively healthy and adds significant dynamic depth to the backcourt with Mitchell joining Darius Garland, things look good for the Kavs to make some post-season noise next spring.
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The Lakers will get Miles Turner and Heald; Pacers? Russell Westbrook, Hope – Greg Doyle
“And Turner needs to go elsewhere. Maybe after he averages 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds there, wherever he is, he will realize what he is. Maybe not. He thinks he’s a star. He thinks the Pacers are holding him back. Free run, big fella.” .
Kravitz: Pacers remain patient when considering deals for Miles Turner, Buddy Heald – The Athletic
“Does anyone really think that Turner wants to sign an extension to stay at Indy beyond next season? Not me. Why is he, right? I think he wants to end up in Texas — Dallas or San Antonio come to mind. Of course, I was impressed. His feelings; not only is he a constant topic of business conversation, but now he has to sit quietly and watch his team stretch the offer sheet to another position.”