Former Pacer Chase Bodinger at the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana Pacers player Chase Bodinger will step inside the NBA circuit again on Friday. But not to play basketball. There he will be playing beach volleyball, a sport he conquered in a way never before played in the professional world of hardwoods and hoops.

Since retiring from the NBA, Bodinger has become one of the biggest competitors on the pro beach volleyball circuit, a sport he’s returning to from his California growing up days after leaving his eight-year football career.

On Friday, along with partner Troy Field, Bodinger will play the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament at the Footprint Center in the Phoenix Suns in the inaugural Phoenix AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) tournament, which will run through Saturday.

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

Sand will be shipped onto the field for the season-ending Singles Elimination Championship. There will be six teams in both the men’s and women’s brackets to crown the best pairs of the 2022 season. There is a $15,000 purse for the winning team and $10,000 for the runner-up.

Before climbing the ranks of pro beach volleyball, Bodinger played one season for the Pacers (2015-16), in which he played 49 games, averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He played seven years with Houston, Minnesota and Phoenix.

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