The Replay: Paul George, Tamika Catchings, and Bob Knight
The Back-to-Practice Edition
» We’re Talking ‘Bout Practice: Pacers star Paul George returned to practice for the first time since suffering a horrific leg injury in August. “I’m happy to be practicing again,” said George. “Just running gives me a smile, so I’m happy right now.” The Pacers, who are chasing a playoff spot, face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs tonight.
» What a Catch: Tamika Catchings, one of the all-time greats of women’s basketball, signed her final contract this week, making sure she’ll finish her professional career with the Indiana Fever:
THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS! Perennial All-Star Tamika Catchings will finish her professional career in a Fever uniform. Fever President and GM Kelly Krauskopf has announced that Catchings has signed her final professional contract with the Indiana Fever. You can meet Tamika at the Fever Open House on March 21. Visit FeverBasketball.com to learn how.
» A Story With Legs: Thirty years ago this week, former IU basketball coach Bob Knight threw a chair. WTHR’s Bob Kravitz wrote that the anniversary made him feel old. Sports Illustrated‘s L. Jon Wertheim gave us the long view of Knight’s “not-so-shining moment.” And our own Mike Botkin, a.k.a. The Naysayer, spoke with one of Knight’s biographers who offered her take on the incident. (Also: Flashback! See The General’s sitdown with David Letterman, in which “the deal with the chair” came up.)
» Wonderlic Wheat? The NFL Combine—the annual confab of wannabe ballers, agents, scouts, and sportswriters—finished up this week in Indy. SI‘s Peter King celebrated the annual “Underwear Olympics” with locally crafted beers at Sun King Brewing:
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) February 21, 2015
» Now Read This: Chuck Klosterman goes one-on-one with Kobe Bryant for GQ.