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Fieldhouse Files is a Pacers podcast from reporter Scott Agness, who's been around The Fieldhouse since 2003. He delivers comprehensive coverage of the team, tracking how the Pacers are performing on the court as well as going deep into stories about the team off the court.

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Fieldhouse Files is a Pacers podcast from reporter Scott Agness, who's been around The Fieldhouse since 2003. He delivers comprehensive coverage of the team, tracking how the Pacers are performing on the court as well as going deep into stories about the team off the court.

    Tyler Marsh on two seasons with the Pacers and his coaching journey

    Tyler Marsh on two seasons with the Pacers and his coaching journey

    These are the conversations I love having. It’s why I launched the podcast in the first place back in 2015.

    To peel back the curtain and introduce you to members of the team behind the team.

    On this episode of the Fieldhouse Files, I’m sitting down with Tyler Marsh. He’s coached at all levels, most recently on staff with the Pacers the past two seasons and is now working with Becky Hammon and the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA.

    Among the items discussed on this episode:


    His whirlwind year — finishing the season with the Pacers, joining the Aces and expecting his first child in Sept.
    Pacers assistant coach Jenny Boucek, a close friend of Becky Hammon’s, connecting Marsh and then attending the first week of training camp. (5:48)
    On two unique seasons with the Pacers and growing up a fan of the team. (8:20)
    Getting paired with players for workouts, pre-game warmups. (14:20)
    His role with the Aces and taking on more responsibilities. (17:24)
    How this past weekend was his first visit to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. (21:20)
    Influence of his father Donnie Marsh on coaching and whether he tried to talk Tyler out of it. (22:15)
    Receiving a game ball from Pacers coach Rick Carlisle and the team after his final game. (25:50)

    “I spent some time with the Mad Ants, their G League team, back in 2016-17 season and I didn’t think it could get much better than that,” Marsh said. “When I was able to join the staff of the Pacers that was truly a blessing and truly a dream come true.

    “My two years here, forget about the wins and losses, the Pacers are a Class A organization from top to bottom and the way that they embraced me and the way that the community embraced myself and my wife was great. I couldn’t have asked for more during my time here.”

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    • 33 min
    On Summer League and the Pacers' pursuit of Deandre Ayton

    On Summer League and the Pacers' pursuit of Deandre Ayton

    On this episode of the Fieldhouse Files, I’m back from NBA Summer League and will go through my experience out in Las Vegas and how the Pacers did. Then discuss the Pacers doing something they’ve never done before. That’s offering restricted free agent Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns. And while they eventually lost out on him, I think they’ve made progress from where they were one year ago.

    Among the items discussed on this episode:


    Why summer league is my favorite NBA event.
    Chris Duarte played in one game and is still bothered by a toe injury. (5:15)
    Ronald Nored running the Summer Pacers. (7:30)
    Takeaways from the games. (9:00)
    NBA awarding championship rings now for SL. (15:00)
    Aaron Nesmith joining the team — and why the delay. (18:45)
    The pursuit of Deandre Ayton. (24:00)
    Waiving four players prior to the offer sheet. (34:30)

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    • 40 min
    Jalen Smith returns with promised role, a new normal for signings?, trade rumors, more

    Jalen Smith returns with promised role, a new normal for signings?, trade rumors, more

    On this episode of the Fieldhouse Files, I’ll discuss Jalen Smith staying with the Pacers after being considered a long shot to re-sign, where they stand with free agency, several former Pacers landed deals elsewhere — and more.

    Among the items discussed on this episode:


    What enticed Jalen to remain with the Pacers. (3:00)
    The exact terms of his deal.
    End of NBA moratorium — but they wait to sign in front of an audience. (6:45)
    Makeup of the roster right now, the latest on Myles Turner. (11:45)
    Deandre Ayton? (14:15)
    T.J. Warren and Edmond Sumner off to Brooklyn. (18:00)
    Thoughts on the summer league squad. (20:30)

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    • 25 min
    Pacers draft Mathurin, move Brogdon, bring back Smith; Jared Weiss on Boston trade

    Pacers draft Mathurin, move Brogdon, bring back Smith; Jared Weiss on Boston trade

    On this episode of the Fieldhouse Files, I recapped my time at the NBA Draft, then discussed free agency. The Pacers were quiet on Day 1, then checked off a few key items. Among them, dealing Malcolm Brogdon to the Boston Celtics — so later, I’m be joined by Jared Weiss of The Athletic in Boston to discuss.

    Among the items discussed on this episode:


    My experience in New York for the NBA Draft.
    Two things that were different at the draft v TV.
    How Bennedict Mathurin was the Pacers’ guy all along.
    Characteristics in players they are after.
    Why Tyrese Haliburton was with Mathurin before the draft.
    An elaborate introduction for the three draft picks… (14:45)
    Free agency/Brogdon trade (19:40)
    Jalen Smith … back!? Wow. (26:50)
    What’s up with T.J. Warren? (29:40)
    Updates on Edmond Sumner, Lance Stephenson (31:00)
    What’s left in free agency — Myles Turner? DeAndre Ayton? (35:20)
    Jared Weiss on Brogdon’s change in attitude, plus how the five Celtics players fit with the Pacers should they be kept. (41:00)

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    • 1 hr
    Pacers draft preview, plus Ryan Carr after player workouts

    Pacers draft preview, plus Ryan Carr after player workouts

    On this episode of the Fieldhouse Files, it’s time to talk about the NBA Draft. The Pacers have three picks, including their highest selection since 1988. And they have the potential to add another lottery selection.

    Among the items discussed on this episode:


    Warriors winning their fourth title in eight years; and there are several staff members with Pacers/Indiana connections.
    Rick Carlisle’s first draft fully involved. He was hired one year ago Friday.
    What I see and enjoy watching most at pre-draft workouts. (Full list of players)
    Pacers’ latest addition to the front office.
    Which trades make sense and trying to align draft classes.
    Five very good options at No. 6, starting with Jaden Ivey.
    Having zero interest in Shaedon Sharp. All bad vibes.
    How the front office spends the next few days.
    Lastly, hear from Pacers executive Ryan Carr about this draft.

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    • 44 min
    Duane Washington Jr. and Fever assistant coach Jhared Simpson

    Duane Washington Jr. and Fever assistant coach Jhared Simpson

    On this episode of the Fieldhouse Files, you’ll hear my interview with Duane Washington Jr. from the 500 Festival Parade and then I’ll introduce you to someone who has been around The Fieldhouse for a while. That’s Jhared Simpson, now a Fever assistant coach, who came up through the video room.

    Among the items discussed on this episode with Simpson:


    How coming up through the video room is helpful for aspiring coaches, like it was for Frank Vogel and Erik Spoelstra. “The best coaches are the best thieves,” he joked.
    Why it was a good move from the video room to the bench — taking a coaching role with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. “You don’t have the rewind button any more.”
    What his experience has been like working under Hall of Fame coach Marianne Stanley.
    How the women’s game is more of a tactical game.
    Realities of the WNBA — short season, small rosters (12) and just 12 teams, now due for expansion.
    Inside the draft room and the characteristics they prioritized. “Draft night was a breeze.”
    He shared their draft process and the one trait they valued most.

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    • 42 min

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