Danny Granger

Danny Granger, Pacers will host dinner for Pacers workers affected by lockout


Danny Granger is good to his word.

From the Indianapolis Star:

Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will host the dinner he tweeted about during the NBA lockout. Sunday’s event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is for many of the part-time employees who did not get paid from July 1 until Nov. 26.

“The plan was for this to take place somewhere in Indianapolis if the lockout continued,” Granger said in a statement from the team.

“Once that was resolved, it was obvious the fieldhouse was the only logical place to do this and then, with the condensed schedule, finding a date.”

“I wanted to do something for these unsung workers and for the sacrifices they were making with lost income. Now, it’s the best of everything, the team stepped in to help, we’re playing, they are back making this the best place to come to in the NBA, and we can get together for some food and fun.”

via Pacers notebook: Granger, organization to treat fieldhouse workers to dinner | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.

You can’t say enough about Granger here. During a bitterly divided lockout, instead of just focusing on himself, Granger extended something to people who were really financially hurt by the lockout. And when the lockout was unexpectedly resolved before, you know, 2014, Granger still went ahead and planned this as a thank you to people.

The fact that the Pacers bought into it just makes the story that much better. There are still a lot of negative feelings between the two sides over what happened those long, dark summer months, but something like this helps to take the sting off of it.

Huge props to Granger for coming through with this. Just a stand-up move.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.