Former Pacer Chase Bodinger at the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana Pacers participant Chase Bodinger will step contained in the NBA circuit once more on Friday. However to not play basketball. There he can be taking part in seashore volleyball, a sport he conquered in a approach by no means earlier than performed within the skilled world of hardwoods and hoops.

Since retiring from the NBA, Bodinger has turn into one of many greatest opponents on the professional seashore volleyball circuit, a sport he is returning to from his California rising up days after leaving his eight-year soccer profession.

On Friday, with associate Troy Discipline, Bodinger will play the AVP Professional Seaside Volleyball Event on the Footprint Heart within the Phoenix Suns within the inaugural Phoenix AVP (Affiliation of Volleyball Professionals) match, which is able to run by Saturday.

Chase Budinger and partner Troy Field give each other a low five during an AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour match.

Sand can be shipped onto the sphere for the season-ending Singles Elimination Championship. There can be six groups in each the boys’s and ladies’s brackets to crown one of the best pairs of the 2022 season. There’s a $15,000 purse for the successful staff and $10,000 for the runner-up.

Earlier than climbing the ranks of professional seashore volleyball, Bodinger performed one season for the Pacers (2015-16), wherein he performed 49 video games, averaging 4.4 factors and a couple of.5 rebounds per sport. He performed seven years with Houston, Minnesota and Phoenix.