Posts Tagged ‘Paul George’

Paul George got a new job

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While Paul George is out recovering from his broken leg, we’ve seen him pop up a few times. But in between rehabbing his leg and working out, what has he been doing to fill the time? Well, apparently he found a new job in the Pacers’ public relations department. Yesterday Pacers PR chief David Benner posted a photo of the credentials they made up for George — who don’t forget has taken to calling himself “Young Trece.” Funny stuff, and if George works hard enough, George may one day get his photo posted in the press room like my colleague Sekou Smith.

Horry Scale: Solomon is King of the Hill


VIDEO: Solomon Hill’s tip-in at the buzzer puts Pacers over Hornets 88-86

Lance Stephenson made his return to Indianapolis on Wednesday and of course Lance Stephenson’s replacement made the biggest splash of the night. Yes, of course.

In the past, the theatrics for the Pacers, both good and bad, were left to Lance, who then bolted for the Hornets last summer for reasons that still aren’t particularly clear-cut. Meanwhile, Solomon Hill was mainly relegated to bench ornament last season, biding his time, wondering if he could ease the burden, or erase it completely, of Stephenson’s departure. For all of his nuttiness, Stephenson was a dogged player on both ends of the floor who was a valuable chip for a Pacer team that simply couldn’t get beyond LeBron James and the Heat.

Anyway … Stephenson returned to Indy to a mixed reception (booed whenever he touched the ball after a decent greeting), delivered an even performance, and then watched as his night was stolen by Solomon. We say “stolen” because up until the last few seconds, Solomon was rather tame (six points, five rebounds, 38 minutes). And then he gave himself the honor of landing on the Horry Scale, named after the great last-second shot artist Robert Horry, who helped three different teams win seven titles by coming up clutch when asked.

Keep in mind that the Horry Scale measures more than just the game-winning basket. Other factors are weighed that make the buzzer-beater truly epic, or merely run-of-the-mill. Although I think we can all agree that no buzzer-beater is routine. That said, let’s study the scale of Solomon’s biggest moment in the NBA.

DIFFICULTY: This was a fluke mixed with flair, because the play wasn’t designed for Solomon, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time, like Lorenzo Charles when NC State upset Houston. We should point out two things here: The hero was supposed to be Rodney Stuckey, who isolated on Stephenson and totally lost Lance on a step-back … only to launch an air ball. When the ball approaches the rim but doesn’t touch it, some players simply watch the flight. Others react to it. That’s what Solomon did, helped in part by his angle on the play. He was being boxed out rather effectively by Gerald Henderson and found himself under the basket, which gave him a solid vantage point. Here’s where the poetry came into play: Solomon reached, grabbed the air ball with his back to the rim, and flipped it over his head. The ball hung for a split-second on the flat part of the rim before falling through. Look, maybe he misses that shot 6 out of 10 times. This wasn’t one of them.

GAME SITUATION: The Pacers were down 18 early, but after that, the game was tight. What’s really interesting is the Pacers are really flying without a parachute in these situations. All of their proven game-saviors are either gone (Stephenson) or injured and sitting (Pauk George, David West, George Hill). Seriously, who deserves to have his number called in these situations? This is where the Pacers learn something about players who, in the past, were either on the bench or setting picks for the go-to guys mentioned above. Stuckey had moments in Detroit, but not many of them. If anything, the Pacers have been getting some good play from Donald Sloan, and yet this time they went to Stuckey and got Luck-ey. (OK, I’ll stop now.)

IMPORTANCE: This was a pick-me-upper for the Pacers, who understandably and expectedly are struggling to score points and win games without Stephenson and Paul George. Just as well, the Hornets have lost three straight and are reeling since Kemba Walker opened the season in thrilling fashion with a pair of buzzer-beaters himself (end of regulation, then OT) against the Bucks. They’ve gone 3-8 since. Can you imagine the reaction had Stephenson, and not Solomon, put himself on the Horry Scale?

CELEBRATION: The Pacers haven’t given the home crowd much reason to cheer this season, but they did beat Utah (and Butler boy Gordon Hayward) at Bankers Life and beating Stephenson in his return would’ve been worth two victories, in a sense. The building spring to life when Hill’s basket fell through, but beyond that, everyone knew it was one mediocre team beating another.

GRADE: Hill is averaging 12.6 points and 6 rebounds which is very acceptable considering the tough spot in which he was placed. He’s not going to be Stephenson and certainly not Paul George but in a pinch, he’ll do for now. He gets both hustle points and style points for not giving up on the play and also the backflip. That said, this game wasn’t particularly well-played nor did it carry any significance other than Lance. Even Hill was understated in the aftermath. “If it was like the Finals, I probably would’ve run around the building with my shirt off. But it’s a regular season game and we got another one coming up.” So we give it three Horrys, and there’s no shame in that.

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Catching up with Paul George

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the biggest disappointments this summer was Paul George‘s injury while playing for USA Basketball. The Pacers had made such strides the last few seasons, it seemed as though they were right on the verge for contending for a title this season. And with one bad landing, everything changed.

The good news is that Paul George seems to be recovering well. In this new video from Pacers.com, George talks about a variety of topics, including his recovery from injury, switching to number 13, having two middle names, his favorite video games and his love of soccer.


VIDEO: PG13

Paul George plays 1-on-1 against his dog

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week a video surfaced of Paul George getting some shots up after an Indiana Pacers practice. This was great to see, considering George suffered a horrific leg injury about three months ago.

But that video above was just George shooting alone. Is he well enough to take on an opponent? George seems to have answered that by posting a new video yesterday of him going one-on-one against a truly dogged defender — his dog. Jokes aside, it’s great to see George moving around and getting up shots, even if it just against canine opposition.

Paul George and Roy Hibbert go fishing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We know the Pacers like to go fishing — and I mean that in the literal sense, not in terms of losing during the playoffs. Last season, while stumbling through the playoffs, Pacers players Roy Hibbert, Paul George and George Hill actually went fishing to help get away from it all and have some fun.

This summer hasn’t been great for the Pacers, either. Lance Stephenson left to play in Charlotte, and Paul George suffered a compound leg fracture while playing for Team USA that will keep him out for at least the upcoming season. So how to get away from it all? Why not go fishing?

That’s what George and Hibbert did yesterday. Well, first Hibbert sat in George’s Ferrari…

Then they got in a boat and went fishing…

Hang on to your hat, Roy…

Paul George donates his old No. 24 gear

By Jeff Case

Earlier this week, news came out that injured Indiana Pacers star Paul George is changing from his usual No. 24 to No. 13 when he does return to the court (he’s not expected to play in 2014-15, but the Pacers aren’t giving up all hope on that yet).

By NBA rule, when a player changes to a new number, the player must buy up all of his old number gear still on the market … provided the number change takes place after the March deadline. But since George got his change in before that deadline, he wasn’t obligated to buy his old gear.

According to ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell, George did buy all his old No. 24 gear, though. Then, he apparently donated much of it to his high school in Palmdale, Calif., Pete Knight High School.

PKHS students, faculty and others took to Twitter to thank George for the gesture: (more…)

Nike reveals new USA Basketball uniforms

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The FIBA Basketball World Cup is still a few weeks away, far enough away that Team USA doesn’t even have a roster set, but today Nike dropped images of the new uniforms Team USA is going to wear. According to a press release…

The angle of USA graphic on the new uniform was inspired by the chevron of the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket that was born in 1978.

Both the USA home and away uniforms feature red, white and blue hues meshed together in the 26-degree speed graphic – crossing the front of the game jersey, fading into a representation of the USA flag, and extending across the side of the game short from the front to the back. The speed graphic represents a distinctive basketball point of view, based on the roughly 1,000 directional changes, or “cuts” that a player might make in the course of a game.

NIKE HYPER ELITE JERSEY

A flocked lining at the inside of the neck allows the athlete to comfortably wipe excess moisture from the face. Ultra-lightweight stretch mesh in the back of the jersey serves to regulate the temperature of the player along the spine, where athletes tend to heat up the most. Redeveloped, lightweight sphere fabric in the front of the jersey helps to maintain a comfortable body temperature by wicking moisture, while eliminating cling from excess sweat.

NIKE HYPER ELITE SHORTS

A perforated, vented waistband in the Nike Hyper Elite shorts provides a level of cooling, while maintaining the comfort and security that athletes require. A new, performance flex vent placed by the knee allows the game short to flex when the player moves. The addition of a flocked “wipe zone” at either hip allows a comfortable spot to dry hands as sweat builds up.

The new uniform will be available beginning Aug. 7 on nike.com, in Nike stores and selected shops, and will debut on-court when the USA Basketball Men’s National Team takes on the Brasil Men’s National team on August 16, in an exhibition game at Chicago’s United Center.

To check them out, click through the gallery below…

 

Will Paul George wear number 13 next season?

Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game 6

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Jersey numbers, while mostly trivial, can hold much meaning for the athletes who wear them. I know NBA players who have their jersey numbers incorporated into everything from their Twitter handles to their email address to their phone numbers.

Pacers guard Paul George has worn number 24 throughout his NBA career, but via a series of tweets, George hints that he may be switching to number 13…

As the Indy Star points out, “trece” is Spanish for 13. This would allow George to be known as PG-13, which I guess is a catchy nickname if you’re into movie ratings. Also, 13 was the number worn by Mark Jackson when he played in Indiana, so I guess that isn’t being retired anytime soon.

What do you think? Should Paul George change his number? Or was 24 working well as it was?

(via Indy Star)

NBA players in Pro-Am leagues roundup

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA recently kicked off its Orlando Summer League, a training ground for players trying to prove they deserve a roster spot in the NBA. Meanwhile, some of the NBA’s more proven players spend the summer playing in various pro-am leagues around the country, getting in some work in a setting a little less structured than summer league, but often with just as much talent. Let’s check in on a few NBA players…

Brandon Jennings showed out at LA’s Drew League with a 57-point, 6-rebound, 5-assist performance.

• Also at the Drew League, Paul George did this.

Jabari Parker will be in Vegas with the Bucks’ summer league team, but before he left, he stopped by his hometown Chi League in Chicago to put up 20 and 10 in a game against NBA players such as Will Bynum and Draymond Green. (Video here)

Tony Wroten scored 53 points in the famed Seattle Pro-Am.

Jamal Crawford made scoring 30 look easy in the Seattle Pro-Am.


VIDEO: Crawford scores 30

(via BIL)

PG drops another one

Things didn’t go the way the Pacers had hoped for last season. There was another flame-out to the team they were out to take down, their Eastern Conference nemesis Miami Heat. Now free agency and trade rumors are creeping their way into the mix and threaten to cause a serious shake-up in Indiana.

Much of that, however, is out of the hands of Pacers All-Star Paul George. While he, the Pacers and the NBA wait for the dust to settle on the craziness that is the season of free agency, George continues to work on perfecting the 360-windmill dunk that he’s recently taken on as his own.

Similar to the days of the NBA lockout, many NBA players take advantage of Pro-ams and high-caliber summer tournaments like the Drew League to not only keep their games tight, but to also put on a show. Even in the offseason, George seems to still have that aspect of the game on lock.