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Checking on Mad Ants at Pacers’ media day

September 25, 2018

The Indiana Pacers opened training camp today with their media day and, of course, they were well represented by players with ties to their G League team, the Mad Ants.

While I wasn’t able to make it to Indianapolis, the Pacers were nice enough to post some interviews on their web site and there were a couple of cool things I came away with, including Ben Moore talking about his recent stint playing for Team USA in World Cup qualification games.

“The way (coach) Jeff Van Gundy approached practices was to make it harder than the game so you’re prepared for the game,” said Moore, who was a rookie last season with Fort Wayne. “We were practicing three or three and half hours, and everybody was going hard, so I felt like that really helped my approach when game time came.”

Moore said, in the interview with Pat Boylan and Mark Boyle, that the USA practices were his longest since college when he played at SMU for Larry Brown.

Sorry, Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey, I guess you’ve got to work them harder.

Ike Anigbogu, who also was a rookie with Fort Wayne last season, said he’s looking forward to his second season in the Pacers’ organization, even as he’s coming off a knee injury.

″(I learned about) just keeping a professional attitude on and off the court. I know what to expect and what to look forward to,” Anigbogu said.

He went on to say that he’s prioritizing working with the training staff to make sure he’s 100 percent and that he feels he’s ready to contribute more this season in Indianapolis.

“Definitely the first part is to make sure I’m healthy and just get through this whole year without any injuries and just make an impression with the coaches on the practice floor and on the game floor, too,” he said.

“My expectation is, every single time I’m on the floor, to come with a professional attitude and I’ve been doing this all summer. I feel like I’ve shown a lot of improvement and I’ve seen that in myself as well. I feel like as along as long as I do that, I’ll be ready when the coach calls my name.”

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