NBA draft scenarios for Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are staring the end of the Larry Bird era in the eyes right now.

The 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year announced his decision to step down as team president Thursday, but he’s not quite done yet.

Bird will conduct the Pacers’ draft alongside Donnie Walsh, who returns to Indiana as president, and newly promoted GM Kevin Pritchard.

The trio could go several different directions, including standing pat with their No. 26 overall pick or wheeling and dealing to move up.

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Syracuse’s Fab Melo: how high is his NBA ceiling? (video)

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When Syracuse center Fab Melo wasn’t on the floor for the Orange, the team wasn’t the same. Melo was a big difference maker for the Cuse and he’s part of a NBA draft class of centers that is loaded with questions.

As his Melo, mostly on the defensive end. Sure the 2-3 zone works well in college basketball, as it was a big part of Orange domination in the Big East. But can Melo transition to man-to-man at the next level?

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Syracuse hotels offering $1 rooms in honor of Syracuse Orange basketball

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Move over William Shatner, I think someone has just beat you when it comes to a travel deal.

In celebration of the Syracuse Orange #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Talk about March Madness, this is is the very definition, as the city of Syracuse is offering a variety of $1 deals throughout the city for residents and visitors alike.  There are even $1 hotel stays.

22 local hotels, restaurants & attractions (i.e., museums, spas – even the opera!) have all signed up to offer discounts for The Orange’s run through the NCAA tournament.

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2012 NBA Draft stock report (2/6/12)

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The NBA Draft Stock Report checks in on which college basketball players have made a name for themselves in the past week; either helping or hurting their future draft position.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2012 NBA Mock Draft.

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#6 Syracuse Orange: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

With all their key contributors returning except for Rick Jackson, the Syracuse Orange have the talent to compete for a National Championship.  With the program soon jumping ship to the ACC (don’t get me started how much I hate this), Jim Boeheim hopes to make one of his final seasons in the Big East a memorable one.

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College Hoops 101 (11-15-10)

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I have discovered a dangerous tool that will immensely help my college basketball viewing this season.  Last year my cable provider did not let me access ESPN360.com.  This year, I can successfully get ESPN3.com as it is now called.  EUREKA!

This is scary on so many levels.  Not only can I now multi-task and watch two games at once, but I can also catch any ESPN televised game I want at any time with the replay tool.  This is like locking a sex addict in a room with ten naked girls and telling him to behave himself.

If you are unfamiliar with College Hoops 101, it is a weekly feature here at The Sports Bank that runs every Monday and breaks down everything you need to know going on in the world of college hoops.  I will look back at the previous week and peak ahead to some of the key match-ups in the next seven days.  In case you missed it, be sure to check out my first Field of 68 (aka Bracketology) in which I predict the NCAA Tournament brackets and all of my in-depth team previews.

By: David Kay
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