Mitchell Quilleon Brown, also known as Kid Quill, is a rapper from Shelbyville, Indiana.
He’s a Hoosier at heart killing the music game.
WISH-TV’S Entertainment Insider McKinzie got a chance to catch up with him before he performs tonight during halftime at the Pacers Game!
The Pacers 2021 – 2022 City Edition Uniforms are here, and the team says they are the most exciting ones yet!
Danny Lopez, Pacers VP, joined us today to tell us all about them, how they came up with the design and more.
Watch the video above for all the details.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Pacers are helping out a local organization that’s caught a bad break. The team will use one specific game to support a school project in Guatemala.
For more than 20 years three local church leaders from central Indiana have been traveling to Guatemala to help build a school and give back to that community. This school teaches more than 800 children from one of the poorest areas in the country. The mission group is about $80,000 away from completing its mission to build a school except something happened.
During the process of sending supplies to Guatemala via semi-trucks, drivers were stopped at the border. The government confiscated the trucks and the supplies and told the group to pay $40,000 to get it back.
Then when they get the trucks back, after paying the money, much of what they were sending was gone. Only about half of the supplies remained. Much of it was medical supplies and construction materials to help finish the school.
Jim Mayes from Macedonia Missions says the Pacers are stepping up to try and raise the rest of the $80,000 they need.
“The thing is, it’s more important for their heart and soul,” said Mayes. “If the kids don’t go to school, they have to go to gangs or have to work. We don’t want them to get into gangs and we want God to get them, into their heart and soul. Then they can get into a good college and good work and that’s what we’re out for.”
Here’s what you need to know. The Pacers game is against the Magic on March 30, but the deadline to buy tickets is Thursday, Feb. 28. The tickets are either $25 or $35 tickets but that comes with more than just a seat. The tickets for the Lucas Oil Family Night comes with a free Pacers hat, food vouchers for a hot dog, chips and a drink. You also get to shoot a free throw on the court after the game!
To purchase tickets to the game, click here.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana Pacers season opener is a week away and on Wednesday the team debuted a new reason to visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
It’s not the players on the court, but the cooks in the kitchen.
The Pacers alongside Levy Restaurants are revamping the culinary experience in both the main concourse and suite level. You will see plenty of offerings from popular local restaurants too. These moves are set to be ready to go for opening night.
Rick Fuson, president and chief operating officer at Pacers Sports & Entertainment, said, “Indianapolis has a great culinary experience, and we should be proud of that, too, and we’re going to try to bring those kinds of things whether it’s Jack’s Donuts or whether it’s Mimi’s meatballs or whether it’s Goose The Market or whatever the case may be to the arena.”
Executive chef Chris Albano of Levy said, “I’m really excited to bring an authentic taste of Indianapolis to the fans here at the Fieldhouse; lots of great options from our local partners. Most of this food is going to be available in your general concession areas on the main concourse, so look for them there. Absolutely, a lot of new things to try here at the Fieldhouse.”
Steak ‘n Shake is also in on the fun this season.
The setup off the main concourse is brand-new to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Some offensive firepower looks to be headed to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski at ESPN, the Pacers finalized a one-year, 12 million dollar contract with Tyreke Evans.
Evans, who has spent time at shooting guard and small forward during his career, averaged 19.4 points a game last season with the Memphis Grizzlies. He has career averages of 16.5 points, 5.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.
The biggest concern surrounding Evans is his health, as he has yet to play a full 82-game season over his nine year career.
The move helps in softening the blow of replacing fan favorite Lance Stephenson.
Evans is slated to see time at both the #2 and #3 positions.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – While the Pacers’ season may be over, one of their players is receiving recognition for his performance during the 2017-2018 season.
On Wednesday night, the NBA announced Victor Oladipo as a finalist for the league’s “Most Improved Player.”
Oladipo finished the season averaging more than 23 points, 5.2 rebounds and a league-leading 2.4 steals a game.
The other two finalists for the award are Houston’s Clint Capela and the Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie.
Oladipo was acquired via trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder prior to the beginning of season
The awards will be handed out June 25.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – If you thought you loved Victor Oladipo before just wait till the end of this story.
A young boy from Danville received a special letter from the Pacers star after being diagnosed with leukemia. The impact of those words are having are resonating through the family.
“May God give you strength, comfort and special blessings that you need as you face each new day,” as just part of the letter from Oladipo reads.
In all, it’s only a few paragraphs long but that’s all Cameron Kirk needed to feel love from one of the biggest stars in Indianapolis with Victor Oladipo saying the entire Pacer team is #camstrong.
Cameron Kirk was diagnosed with Leukemia just a few weeks ago on April 16, right in the middle of the NBA playoffs. Cameron’s mom, Carrie, said it was one of the hardest moments of the 10-year-old’s life.
The Kirk family says the community in Danville have rallied around Cameron, not only sending words of encouragement but prayers as well on the Facebook page, “Captain Kirk’s Warriors”.
The story goes, a librarian and another friend contacted the Pacers to see if the team could do something. Soon after the Kirk’s got a package in the mail which included the letter from Victor.
Carrie says his faith in God and his kind words will resonate with this family forever.
“I was already a fan and then when I read the letter, it’s the best feeling to know that someone so important took the time out to write our son a letter and then expressed his faith in God in his letter,” said Carrie. “That just sealed the deal with us with Oladipo. We’ll always be fans.”
Cameron, who is very shy wanted to say thank you. “Thank you Victor for the letter that you sent me, it was really cool!”
Cameron has a three-year battle ahead of him, but with the support of the community as well as their faith, the family is confident Cameron will make it through.
Doctors say overall survival rates are in the 80 percent now, with some forms of leukemia survival rates are upwards of 90 percent. The family is also asking if you’d like to help, donate blood to the Indiana Blood Center.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The NBA said LeBron James’ block in the closing seconds of Game 5 on Indiana’s Victor Oladipo should have been called goaltending.
In the league’s Last Two Minute Report posted Thursday, the NBA said the three officials missed the call with 5.1 seconds left. The league said the video shows James blocked Oladipo’s shot “after it makes contact with the backboard.”
Under league rules, the play could not be reviewed because it wasn’t called on the floor. James then hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cavaliers a 98-95 win and a 3-2 lead in the series.
The Pacers did not contest the block while on the floor, but later in their locker room they complained about the no-call.
The NBA’s report also said the Pacers were incorrectly awarded the ball on a play with 27.6 seconds left. The ball went off Indiana’s Thaddeus Young and went out of bounds, but the referees gave the ball to Indiana.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – After losing on a buzzer beating three-pointer in Game five, the Pacers head home down two games to three in the best of seven series.
Needing to win to keep their season alive, Friday night’s Game six at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be a gold out.
Ticket holders will be getting a free t-shirt.
On the front, the shirt reads “together” – something the team and the fans will have to be to force a decisive Game seven back in Cleveland.
For more on this story, click on the video.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indiana Pacers felt cheated — by LeBron James and the officials.
Moments before James beat them with a game-winning, step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Pacers were poised to take the lead in Game 5 on Victor Oladipo’s driving layup. However, James came from behind and blocked Oladipo’s shot, which appeared to hit the backboard before Cleveland’s star touched it — a goaltending violation.
Instead, there was no call and James then dropped his 28-footer over Thaddeus Young to give Cleveland a 98-95 win and a 3-2 lead in this tight Eastern Conference first-round series.
The Pacers didn’t complain on the floor. But later in their locker room they were angry about the game-swinging play. Several of the Pacers shook their heads while watching replays.
“Of course, I thought it was goaltending,” Lance Stephenson said. “We should’ve got the ref’s attention. When you look at it on the replay, it’s clearly goal tending.”
Oladipo thought he was fouled by James before the non-call.
“I got a step on him,” Oladipo said. “I felt like I even got grabbed on the way to the rim, tried to shoot a layup, it hit the backboard, then he blocked it. It was a goal tend. It’s hard to even speak on it. It just sucks, honestly. It really sucks. Even though we fought our way back, we tied the game up, that layup was huge.
“Give him credit where credit is due. The three was big-time. Definitely huge. But who’s to say they even run that play? We don’t know what happens. It’s unfortunate. It really sucks that they missed that.”
James smiled when asked to describe his block, which was reminiscent of the one he made on Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
“I definitely thought it was a goal tend,” James said with a laugh. “Of course I didn’t think it was a goal tend. I try to make plays like that all the time and I mean he made a heck of a move, got me leaning right and he went left and I just tried to use my recovery speed and get back up there and make a play on the ball. And I was able to make a play.”
If goaltending had been called, the Cavaliers would have had the ball on their own baseline and not in Indiana’s front court.
Said Pacers center Myles Turner: “It’s clearly a goa ltend, but that doesn’t change the fact that they made the game-winning shot.”