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Indiana Pacers

Freezing Philly Arena

[Update: Heater Not Broken]

2/20/2015 10:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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12:12 PM PT -- A spokesman for the stadium insists the heater is NOT  broken ... and says there's a perfectly good explanation. 

"There is NO broken heater – but we opened the garage to let buses and allow a few packages to be delivered to the stadium – and that allowed the freezing air to come into the stadium."

"It was like opening the back door and letting the record temps into the building."

"The heater isn't broken -- and fans can expect it to stay that way ... and should be able to enjoy the game with no problem."update-grey-gray-bar

It's 14 degrees in Philadelphia ... and it seems like the heater has broken inside the Wells Fargo Center -- so the visiting Indiana Pacers are warming up in full sweats and winter gear. 

Unclear when the heater crapped out ... but multiple team sources tell us the same thing -- "It's f**king freezing in here."

One player tells TMZ Sports, "It's like we are outside playing ball ... this ain't cool."

Pacers' star Paul George is at the stadium ... and tweeted, "Crazy my guys have to practice under these conditions in philly! #CutThatHeatOnDamnIt."

The game is scheduled to begin in less than 6 hours ... and as far as we know, the game is scheduled to go on as planned. 


Roy Hibbert

I'm Becoming a Gaming Legend

... Thanks to Indiana

12/18/2014 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
121714_roy_hibbert_launchNBA star Roy Hibbert possesses a specific set of skills -- beyond hooping, that is -- and pretty soon he might be unbeatable ... as long as he keeps playing in Indiana.    

The Pacers stud was outside Craig's in West Hollywood when we asked ... what's a city kid like himself do for fun in the heartland? Roy doesn't hesitate -- telling us there's not much to do except get super sharp at a particular video game. As he puts it ... his game is "pretty nice!"

Roy also gets a little nostalgic in this clip about his ex-teammate Lance Stephenson -- who bolted for the Hornets.

But this clip is really just a heads-up to all you gamers ... look out for Roy on the battlefield!

Paul George

Meets Baby Daughter

Gunning for Joint Custody

10/16/2014 5:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Paul George has a new lady in his life ... his 5-month-old daughter Olivia ... who he met for the first time Thursday -- and now TMZ Sports has learned the NBA star is gunning for joint custody of the child. 

As we previously reported, George swore that he would "do the right thing" if a paternity test proved he fathered a child with a woman named "Daniella" who he had a relationship with in 2013. 

Now, we've learned George is convinced he IS the daddy ... and his attorney is currently in the process of hammering out a joint custody arrangement with the mom. 

Paul's attorney tells TMZ Sports ... "Paul has always wanted to accept responsibility and play a role in his daughter’s life -- and wanted to make sure it was handled properly through the legal system."

We're told Paul is "very excited" about having a huge role in his daughter's life -- "He can't wait to be a dad to her."

NBA Star Paul George


Allegedly Jacked Rings, Air Jordans

9/17/2014 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George is one step closer to JUSTICE -- after cops say they busted the man who BURGLARIZED his home back in April, taking $15k worth of important stuff. 

The Indianapolis Metropolitan PD arrested 43-year-old Michael Lewis -- and claim they were led to the suspect through evidence recovered at the scene of the crime. 

As we previously reported, George claimed someone broke into his home on April 28 and stole his platinum All-Star ring, a pair of Air Jordan 4 'Toro' shoes and more. 

Cops say they do NOT believe George was specifically targeted -- "detectives believe it was a random act."

The bad news ... officials say none of the stolen property has been recovered. 

The PD did issue this statement though -- "Detectives would like to thank the community for providing information and the media for their continued coverage of this case."

NBA Star Paul George


For Stupid Ray Rice Tweet

9/11/2014 6:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
10:47 AM PT -- Larry Bird
(President of the Pacers) just ripped George over the comments ... saying, "Paul George's tweets from earlier were thoughtless and without regard to the subject of domestic violence and its seriousness in society."
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's leg must be okay ... 'cause he's backpedaling HARD after tweeting out some STUPID comments about the Ray Rice situation. 

The Indiana Pacers star came under fire IMMEDIATELY after writing, "I don't condone hittin women or think it's coo BUT if SHE ain't trippin then I ain't trippin.. Lets keep it movin lol let that man play!"


Then it got worse ... with George writing, "If you in a relationship and a woman hit you first and attacking YOU.. Then you obviously ain't beatin HER. Homie made A bad choice! #StayUp"

Were you even watching the same tape?? It wasn't exactly self defense, dude. 

Didn't take long for George to realize he screwed up -- and less than an hour later, tweeted, "Let me apologize to the women and to the VICTIMS of domestic violence people my intent was not to downplay the situation."


Pacers Star Lance Stephenson

Celebrates Baby's Birth

... At NYC Nightclub

3/22/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lance Stephenson had a helluva Tuesday night ... 'cause hours after he became a dad again, the NBA star was celebrating at an NYC nightclub ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Stephenson's baby mama Feby Torres announced the birth of Lance Jr. on March 18th -- the same night the Indiana Pacers star was scheduled to appear at Greenhouse NYC. 


Well, Lance isn't one to bail on a commitment ... and sources at the club tell us he rolled in late Tuesday night -- and popped Bottega Rose champagne and sipped on D'Ussé cognac with some of his pals from the Pacers. 

But after he put in his time at the club, we're told Lance returned to the hospital to be with his family. 

And if that wasn't enough ... Lance also played in a game the next night and CRUSHED IT -- leading the team in scoring and rebounds. 

That's a good week.

NBA Star Paul George

If The Baby's Mine, I'll Man Up

Never Offered $1 Mil for Abortion

2/7/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
paul-georgeIndiana Pacers superstar Paul George tells TMZ Sports ... he never EVER offered to pay a woman $1 million to abort her unborn child -- but if the kid is his, he's ready and willing to do the right thing.

We're told ... back in 2013, George had a relationship with a woman from Miami named "Daniela" -- a woman who is currently pregnant. The releationship went through the end of the summer ... but in November, Daniela informed George she was pregnant and she believes he is the father.

In a statement to TMZ Sports, George says ... "If and when there is legal confirmation that I am the father, I will fully embrace my responsibilities. This is a personal matter that is still being sorted out, so I hope you can respect my privacy. "

There are rumors that George offered the woman $1 mil to abort the baby -- but George's camp is adamant that's total B.S.

A spokesman tells us, "There is no truth to the rumors that Paul offered money for [Daniela] not to have the child."

A source familiar with the situation says the relationship between George and Daniela is "amicable" and they both expect it to stay that way.

Ex-NBA Stud Austin Croshere

Pumped for Bynum

Pacers Head Coach Will Save His Career

2/5/2014 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
020414_austin_chroshere_launchEx-Pacers stud Austin Croshere just pledged his support for Andew Bynum ... telling TMZ Sports, Indiana's head coach Frank Vogel will REVIVE the fallen superstar's career.

The former 1st round pick -- and current Pacers analyst -- was in Malibu ... when he told us there's no doubt the struggling 7-footer will turn things around with Vogel's help.

The former All-Star center signed with the Pacers earlier this week  ... after bouncing around the league amidst rumors he had lost his interest in basketball.

But Croshere says the Pacers 40-year-old coach Vogel will succeed in getting through to Bynum ... where veteran guys like Mike Brown and Tom Thibodeau failed.

Check out the clip -- gotta admire the guy's optimism ... and/or loyalty.

George Hill

No Regrets

I Chose Kids Over Team USA Basketball

8/21/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA star George Hill stands by his decision to ditch the Team USA basketball training camp to attend a kids charity event instead ... even if it means he blew his shot to don the red, white and blue.

The Pacers guard shocked the sports world last month, when he bailed on Team USA's invite-only camp to attend a bball camp for kids in Texas -- a move that could cost him any chance of making the team.

So when our photog spotted him in L.A. Sunday, he had to ask -- are there any regrets now that he's had a few weeks to reflect on blowing a HUGE opportunity?

But George says HELLLLLL NO. He explains, "I probably messed up my chances, but if I can impact one kid's life ... that's way more important than the USA basketball team."

So we gotta ask ...

Pacers' Lance Stephenson

Strip Club LOW Baller

After Miami Heat Loss

6/6/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA star Lance Stephenson isn't going to the Finals ... or to Disneyland -- but it's ok, because he did get to see a roomful of naked chicks at a famous Miami strip club ... TMZ has learned.

Just hours after Lance and the Indiana Pacers lost game 7 to the Miami Heat Monday ... the shooting guard eased his pain at King of Diamonds -- the gentleman's club where Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Rihanna frequently make it rain.

Lance on the other hand ... made it sprinkle. Our KOD sources say the 22-year-old stood in the corner most of the night, only got 2 lap dances, and dropped a grand total of about $1100.

Not that $1100 is chump change, but typically we've seen celebs shower dancers with $5,000 to $10,000.

In Lance's defense ... he's only a 3-year pro who's hardly making LeBron dollars.

Or maybe he just adheres to the laws of BBD.

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