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December 15, 1989 | DAN HAFNER
When Steve Stipanovich was injured a year ago, the Indiana Pacers had to get production from 7-foot-4 Rik Smits faster than anticipated. Under normal circumstances, Smits, a 23-year-old native of the Netherlands, would have been given more time to mature. Smits' education is one reason the Pacers won only five of their first 28 games last season. With Stipanovich's career over, Smits is a bigger reason the Pacers are 13-5 and lead the NBA's Central Division.
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June 30, 2002 | Mark Heisler
What if they held a draft and no one understood it? The NBA does now, every spring. Everyone knows it has changed--it's all kids, international players and now, international kids--but people are having a problem dealing with the implications. I'm not talking about sportswriters and TV talking heads. I'm talking about owners and general managers. The reality is that while there are many talented players available, you'll have to wait years for them to emerge ... but it's still the way to go.
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September 30, 2000 | MAL FLORENCE
Bill Benner in the Indianapolis Star, on the retirement of often-maligned Pacer center Rik Smits: "If 'playing with pain' is the athletic equivalent of the red badge of courage, then few players endured more agony than Smits. He took more ice baths than a polar bear. . . . "Now that he's gone, my feeling is it may take his absence to underscore his value more than his presence ever did."
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October 24, 1996 | Associated Press
Indiana Pacer center Rik Smits hasn't recovered from Sept. 8 foot surgery and isn't expected to be available to start the season. "I have no idea," Pacer Coach Larry Brown said on when Smits, who hasn't practiced this fall, will play. "I was confident that he would be ready for the first game when we went to training camp."
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January 10, 1997 | Times Wire Services
Indiana center Rik Smits did not practice Thursday, but expects to play during the Pacers' four-game road trip beginning tonight in Denver. Smits, who underwent surgery on both feet in September, experienced soreness after playing his first game of the season Tuesday. With treatment and padded shoes, however, Smits should continue playing.
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September 27, 2000 | From Associated Press
Indiana Pacer center Rik Smits is expected to announce his retirement at a news conference today at Conseco Fieldhouse, according to reports. Smits, 34, had been pondering retirement since the end of last season, and team sources told The Indianapolis Star on Tuesday night that the 7-foot-4 center decided to end his NBA career after 12 seasons. Fox Sports also reported the news.
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June 5, 2000 | MARK HEISLER
The most heart-broken team in the NBA is Portland, which blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. The second most heart-broken team is Indiana, which now has to match up with the Lakers. Put it this way, it won't be anything like the last series. The Trail Blazers were big, deep and tough defensively, the team best designed to contain Shaquille O'Neal. The Pacers are at the other end of that spectrum. O'Neal outscored Rik Smits, 53-12, this season.
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September 30, 2000 | MAL FLORENCE
Bill Benner in the Indianapolis Star, on the retirement of often-maligned Pacer center Rik Smits: "If 'playing with pain' is the athletic equivalent of the red badge of courage, then few players endured more agony than Smits. He took more ice baths than a polar bear. . . . "Now that he's gone, my feeling is it may take his absence to underscore his value more than his presence ever did."
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May 30, 1995 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One point three seconds? Piece of cake. There might have been better basketball games, but there have never been 13.3 seconds like Monday's, when the Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers swapped the lead three times before Rik Smits made a 14-footer at the buzzer, giving Indiana a 94-93 victory and a 2-2 tie in the Eastern Conference finals. An hour after the game, there were still crowds of happy fans on the streets and cars cruising downtown, blaring their horns.
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September 27, 2000 | From Associated Press
Indiana Pacer center Rik Smits is expected to announce his retirement at a news conference today at Conseco Fieldhouse, according to reports. Smits, 34, had been pondering retirement since the end of last season, and team sources told The Indianapolis Star on Tuesday night that the 7-foot-4 center decided to end his NBA career after 12 seasons. Fox Sports also reported the news.
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June 14, 2000 | LONNIE WHITE
For the Lakers, the big news is Glen Rice and his wife's criticism of Coach Phil Jackson. For the Indiana Pacers, it's Coach Larry Bird and center Rik Smits. Three games into the NBA finals, Bird is still waiting for Smits to show himself. He has criticized the Pacers' veteran big man for not being a factor, particularly in the fourth quarter. To his credit, Smits has remained positive and is glad to have an extra day to prepare for tonight's Game 4.
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June 9, 2000 | FRAN BLINEBURY, Houston Chronicle
It's too bad they've got Bobby Knight minding his Ps and Qs these days. Because it was a night when it might have helped to have somebody from Indiana throw a chair at Shaquille O'Neal. Or a boulder. Or a ton of bricks. Or the kitchen sink. Or something. Anything. He wears a Superman tattoo on his biceps and the Pacers will be the first to tell you that is hardly false advertising. Not when Shaq went over them and through them and around them.
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June 9, 2000 | PETE NEWELL, Hall of Fame Coach Pete Newell won NCAA (California, 1959) and NIT (San Francisco, 1949) championships and an Olympic gold medal (Rome, 1960)
Shooters have games that Reggie Miller had in Game 1. Jalen Rose didn't shoot that well. Rik Smits didn't shoot that well. I think the Laker defense was good. I think they did a good job on Miller, fighting through screens. Ron Harper did an excellent job of staying with him, because the Pacers were giving Miller a lot of help with those screens. I don't think Phil Jackson changes his game plan there. As a team, the Pacers like going early to Smits.
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June 7, 2000 | MICHAEL WILBON, Washington Post
John Salley is a very funny man, and it's a good thing because every day in practice he has to guard 7-foot-1, 330-pound Shaquille O'Neal, which makes a sense of humor a job prerequisite. "I have a chiropractor on call," Salley said Tuesday. "I got hit with one of his elbows so hard today, I gotta go and check to see if my spleen is where it's supposed to be."
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June 5, 2000 | MARK HEISLER
The most heart-broken team in the NBA is Portland, which blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. The second most heart-broken team is Indiana, which now has to match up with the Lakers. Put it this way, it won't be anything like the last series. The Trail Blazers were big, deep and tough defensively, the team best designed to contain Shaquille O'Neal. The Pacers are at the other end of that spectrum. O'Neal outscored Rik Smits, 53-12, this season.
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June 9, 2000 | FRAN BLINEBURY, Houston Chronicle
It's too bad they've got Bobby Knight minding his Ps and Qs these days. Because it was a night when it might have helped to have somebody from Indiana throw a chair at Shaquille O'Neal. Or a boulder. Or a ton of bricks. Or the kitchen sink. Or something. Anything. He wears a Superman tattoo on his biceps and the Pacers will be the first to tell you that is hardly false advertising. Not when Shaq went over them and through them and around them.
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June 17, 1999 | From Associated Press
Rik Smits is in no hurry to decide whether to walk away from more than $12 million--even if his feet are hurting. Smits was quoted Monday in the Dutch daily De Volkskrant as saying he might retire because of the pain. On Wednesday, he backed away from such talk after meeting with club President Donnie Walsh in Indianapolis. "I've got the whole summer to make a decision. That's what I'll do," said the 7-foot-4 Dutch native.
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June 17, 1999 | From Associated Press
Rik Smits is in no hurry to decide whether to walk away from more than $12 million--even if his feet are hurting. Smits was quoted Monday in the Dutch daily De Volkskrant as saying he might retire because of the pain. On Wednesday, he backed away from such talk after meeting with club President Donnie Walsh in Indianapolis. "I've got the whole summer to make a decision. That's what I'll do," said the 7-foot-4 Dutch native.
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January 10, 1997 | Times Wire Services
Indiana center Rik Smits did not practice Thursday, but expects to play during the Pacers' four-game road trip beginning tonight in Denver. Smits, who underwent surgery on both feet in September, experienced soreness after playing his first game of the season Tuesday. With treatment and padded shoes, however, Smits should continue playing.
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