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 will probably be enjoying seaside 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 change into one of many greatest rivals on the professional seaside 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 Area, Bodinger will play the AVP Professional Seaside Volleyball Match on the Footprint Middle within the Phoenix Suns within the inaugural Phoenix AVP (Affiliation of Volleyball Professionals) event, which can run by Saturday.

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

Sand will probably be shipped onto the sector for the season-ending Singles Elimination Championship. There will probably be six groups in each the lads’s and girls’s brackets to crown the most effective pairs of the 2022 season. There’s a $15,000 purse for the profitable workforce and $10,000 for the runner-up.

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