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Pacers’ Jeff Foster announces retirement due to back issues


Jeff Foster had a good NBA career.

He played 13 solid seasons, all for the Indiana Pacers, most as a backup center. In a hoops world that can become obsessed by rings and All-Star Games, there are a lot of other ways to judge a career. For most guys it is about other things. It’s about the game. It’s about making good money and setting up your family while doing something fun. Jeff Foster did that. He played hard and that made him a fan favorite. There are a whole lot of guys who would love to have the career Foster had.

But sidelined by back pain, Foster said is stepping away from the game and retiring now, something first reported by Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.

“It’s with deep regret that I have to conclude my basketball career,” Foster said in a released statement. “I’ve given my all to the Pacers and the community the last 13 years. I had hoped to be able to finish the season, but unfortunately my back problems prevented that from occurring. I want to thank the Simon family and the Pacers’ organization for 13 memorable years.”

Foster had played in just 11 games this season, a disappointment after he considered retirement but tried to give it one more go this season.

But Foster meant a lot to the Pacers and their fans. He made a nice little $50 million over the course of his career — and he managed his money well. He is set, his children are set.

We wish Foster the best in whatever he chooses to do next

One potential landing spot for Chris Kaman: Indiana Pacers

Chris Kaman, Nene

Officially, the New Orleans Hornets “remain open” to trading Chris Kaman, reports the Times-Picayune.

What that really means is they are going to trade Chris Kaman before the deadline.

The question is where. One possible answer is Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star.

The Pacers have an All-Star center in Roy Hibbert but the depth drop off behind him is pretty steep. Jeff Foster was to be the man but he can’t stay healthy (played in just 11 games this season). That leaves Lou Amundson to masqurade as a five even though he is really a four.

The Pacers have $14.5 million in cap space so they can absorb Kaman’s contract easily (and they only have 13 guys on the roster). Kaman is in the final year of a $14 million deal, so he does not weigh down their books going forward.

The only question is how hard a deal the Hornets will drive and if the Pacers will pay the price. The Hornets shopped Kaman around before the All-Star break but were asking far more in return than any team was willing to pay. Since he has been put into the lineup Kaman has played well, but he still remains a rental and the Pacers have a starting center, so they are not going to give up much to get him.

Monday And-1 links: Apparently Web surfers love the Magic

Dwight Howard

Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).

Which three teams lead the NBA is traffic to their Web sites? Two are pretty obvious — the Lakers and Heat. But the third is the Orlando Magic.

Roy Hibbert, broken nose and all, was hanging out with Parks & Rec writers at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in L.A. Sunday night. I like it — no star-laden event at Boulevard 3, he goes to where the people eat.

Only in L.A.: Chris Paul found a house, he’s going to buy Avril Lavigne’s $8.5 million mansion.

Ray Allen’s ankle is bothering him but he wants to play Monday against Orlando. Don’t bet on it, but the decision will be made closer to game time.

That game is also Big Baby’s return to the Boston Garden.

Deron Williams is no fan of The Rock — the Prudential Center in New Jersey that the Nets call home for the rest of this season. He’s ready for Brooklyn. Or Dallas.

Andrea Bargnani could return to the Raptors lineup on Tuesday.

New Jersey forward Damion James will be out indefinitely following surgery on his right foot to put a screw in the bone.

Pacers big man Jeff Foster will be out the rest of January due to a back procedure.

Eddy Curry credits the encouragement from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for why he was able to get back on the court.

Mark Jackson says this year’s bad Warriors are better than previous years bad Warriors.

When we talk about how the Clippers need to improve on defense, this is the kind of thing we mean — D’Andre Jordan taking himself out of rebounding position to chase blocks.

A list of players not living up to expectations so far this young season.

Stephen Jackson keeping it real in a very Stephen Jackson YouTube video (warning, language NSFW).

The Raptors recalled big man Solomon Alabi from the D-League.

The Kings have called Tyler Honeycutt back from Reno of the D-League.

Wednesday And-1 links: Cuban is still spending on something

Mark Cuban

Welcome to our look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).

Mark Cuban is going to spend about $1.4 million on Mavericks championship rings. He’ll do it without blinking. He’d gladly do it again next year, but that appears not to be a concern.

When Dwyane Wade is out, LeBron James and Chris Bosh put up bigger numbers (as they did against the Spurs Tuesday). Don’t confuse that with the Heat being better.

Expect Gregg Popovich to sit Tim Duncan for a game soon. To rest him.

Boston Celtics ticket prices are suddenly much more affordable.

Rumor is the Knicks want to get J.R. Smith when the Chinese season ends. I bet they would. But they are over the salary cap and are very limited in what they can offer, so unless Smith isn’t concerned about the money it’s a tough sell.

Just a reminder, the post Carmelo Anthony trade Knicks are a below .500 team.

Richard Hamilton returned to the Bulls lineup Tuesday and had 11 points.

Martell Webster is back in the Timberwolves’ practices. He may return to games soon.

Al Horford’s surgery was successful on Tuesday, but he is pretty much lost for the season to the Hawks.

Vince Carter will be out Wednesday against the Clippers with what is described as a sprained foot (suffered on that final play against the Lakers, a missed three to tie the game). Expect him to miss a couple more.

The NBA is going to celebrate the Chinese New Year with special events this year. Globalization, baby!

The Hornets hope to get Eric Gordon back on the court next week.

Memphis officials were “encouraged” by the results of Zach Randolph’s latest MRI. Take that with a grain of salt, but it’s a good sign.

Kevin Love says all the right things about his potential contract extension with the Timberwolves.

Jeff Foster will be out a couple weeks for the Pacers.

Lakers rookie Darius Morris has looked decent after being forced into action. He’s way more athletic than anyone else in their backcourt not named Kobe.

The Nets waived Dennis Horner to clear a roster spot for Larry Owens.

The Knicks have sent center Jerome Jordan and guard Jeremy Lin to the Erie BayHawks of the D-League.

The Nets have sent Jordan Williams to the Springfield Armor of the D-League.

The latest State of Nate video, chronicling the life of Nate Robinson.

Tuesday And-1 links, or how Kevin Love = Bill Laimbeer

Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

Welcome to our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).

Lamar Odom thinks Kevin Love is the Bill Laimbeer for a new generation.

Dennis Rodman is going to coach a topless women’s basketball team in New York. I don’t even have a joke here.

Andre Miller and Ty Lawson are making a very nice backcourt tandem in Denver.

DeMarcus Cousins issued a statement saying he has never demanded a trade. Sacramento is a mess right now.

Great read about North Carolina high school legend JamesOn Curry trying to make it to the NBA.

The Rockets are about to send Marcus Morris to the D-League.

D.J. Mbenga, Hilton Armstrong, Solomon Jones and Dan Gadzuric were in working out for the Clippers, who want some depth at center. They chose Jones, who is expected to sign with the team soon.

An impressive list of the social media surrounding the entire NBA (players, writers, bloggers and more)

Amare Stoudemire may well be back with the Knicks Wednesday.

Break down the numbers and the NBA is color blind — ethnicity has no impact on winning.

Josh Smith is playing through swelling in the knee. He had 9 points on 12 shots against the Heat Monday.

Foster the people — Jeff Foster may make his Pacers return tonight.

Why Caron Butler is key for the Clippers this season.

Everyone loves Greg Stiemsma!

Looking back at the 2009 NBA draft — I still don’t get the Jonny Flynn pick.

Charlie Villanueva made his season debut for the Pistons on Monday. Hope you didn’t blink, you might have missed it. He played just 38 seconds.

Kirk Hinrich has surgery to remove a cyst from his shoulder and it will be another month before he will be back on the floor for the Hawks.

Kris Humphries is having an MRI on his knee and will not travel with the Nets to face the Celtics. He could be out for a little while.

Pape Sy is on his way back to France and will sign with Gravelines-Dunkerque.

RIP Jim Huber.