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Now Happy In Pacer Land
Nacy Plays Big Role In Upset Of Hawks Then Revisits 'Cats
Kyle Macy. former Kentucky A11 -American and one of the most popular Wildcat players to ever wear the Blue and White, witnessed his first UK basketball game in person since he graduated from Kentucky back in 1980.
"It felt good,'* said Macy of his return to watch the Cats Saturday afternoon in Bloom-ington. "I've always wanted to come back and watch some games, but this is the first time my schedule has permitted."
"Until last season, I was always out west (playing for Phoenix) from October to April and then I didn't have the chance last year in Chicago either." said the young man who probably would have enjoyed another five or six points on his career scoring average if he were playing with the current 3-point college shot.
Macy drove to the UK-IU game from Indianapolis where he now lives and plays for the NBA Pacers.
Macy scored 9 points and play a vital role in the Pacers' 199-113 upset Friday of the Atlanta Hawks, currently the NBA's hottest team.
After his playing days. Macy plans to return to the Lexington area and go into business. Over the years, Kyle has kept his contacts in the Lexington area and spends most of his summers in the region.
Much of his summer workouts include pick-ups games with former and current Wildcats.
After arriving in Bloomington Friday evening with the official team party, several Kentucky reporters and friends of Macy drove to Indianapolis to watch the Pacers-Hawks game.
What they saw was Macy at his best, quarterbacking the Pacer offense and getting the ball low to the power players inside. And he used his long-range weapon when the defense backed off.
Macy bruised his knee in the fourth period and had to leave the contest, but wasn't expected to miss his next game.
Kyle came to the Pacers this summer after one year with the Chicago Bulls. It was like a homecoming for the Peru, Indiana product. The reunion, however, wore off as quickly as any honeymoon and his playing time dipped to an all-time low.
He went to management, explained his concern about not playing and noted that he (Macy) didn't believe the Pacers signed him to ride the pines. And he certainly didn't go to Indy to seat at the end of the bench.
His playing time picked back up and Macy says he's happy once again.
One of the Pacers' civic projects is a classroom series with a Back To School theme which has the Indy players making regular visits to local city schools, ranging from First grade to high school.
On Monday, each of the players were on the road by 8 a.m. with each player assigned to a different school.
Former Georgia guard Vern Fleming was at the Heather Hills Elementary, speaking to fifth graders on '' What It Takes To Be A True Professional.''
Another former SEC star. Auburn's Chuck Person spoke to the entire school at Glenns
Valley Elementary on "Things I Wish I Had Known."
And Macy went to the New Palestine High School and spoke to 100 physical education students on the "Elements Of Success.
In the Market Square Arena audience of 13.490 Friday night were Macy's parents. Bob and Evelyn, just as always.
His mother rarely missed a home game in Lexington during his three years and no one
was happier when the announcement came this summer that Kyle would be a Pacer.
The cider Macys live in Peru, just a hour's drive from Indianapolis. Bob, who was one of the great high school coaches on the Indiana prep scene, retired from those ranks two years ago. -
While young Macs says he wants to enter private business after his playing days, those close to the father say nothing would please Bob more than to see his son someday have a chance to coach the Kentucky Wildcats.
Former Wildcat Kyle Macy