The Indiana Pacers are building a $50 million, 130,000-square-foot practice facility scheduled to open in early 2017 with top-noth doctors and sports performance experts, which President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird says will help the Pacers build a championship team.
"They've got a lot of research. We feel like we can work hand-in-hand with them," he said. "In our sport, it seems like the players get bigger and stronger every year and what we try to do, not only for us but for them, is try and maximize their talents.
"(This partnership allows us to) make sure they're getting the right sleep patterns, make sure they're hydrated 24 hours a day. There are all kinds of different tests that we can do just to make them better at getting their skill level at the highest they possibly can.
"It also helps us recruit free agents and bring other players in.