Young Indiana Pacers players benefit from TJ McConnell’s leadership

INDIANAPOLIS – Every young basketball team needs useful veterans to teach young players the basics and provide stability on the court. For the Indiana Pacers, their lead veteran was 30-year guard TJ McConnell.

McConnell is a natural coach and teacher – his father, Tim, is a basketball coach at a Pennsylvania high school. While McConnell was out for four months last season while recovering from right wrist surgery, he became a coach light in the Pacers drills. He helped his teammates with drills as much as he could with just one hand. He has excellent leadership skills that come with his talent.