Former fast bowler Chase Budinger at AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Championship

Indianapolis – Former Indiana Pacer Chase Budinger will again take the NBA arena on Friday. But don’t play basketball. He would play beach volleyball there, a sport he has won in a way that he never did in the professional world of hardwoods and hoops.

Since retiring from the NBA, Budinger has become one of the top competitors on the pro beach volleyball circuit, a sport in which he goes back from his days growing up in California after abandoning an eight-year basketball career.

With partner Troy Field on Friday, Budinger will play in the inaugural AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Phoenix Championships at the Phoenix Suns Footprint Center at the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Championships, which will run through Saturday.

Chase Budinger and his partner Troy Field give each other low-fives during an AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour match.

The sand will be shipped to the arena floor for the season-ending single-elimination tournament. There will be six teams in each men’s and women’s categories to be crowned the best pairings of the 2022 season. There is a purse of $15,000 for the winning team and $10,000 for the runner-up.

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

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