Posts Tagged ‘Paul George’

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.

Indiana Pacers now selling fishing t-shirts

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, when the Indiana Pacers were mired in the depths of the malaise that has plagued them throughout the postseason, Paul George took to social media to remind fans that despite their struggles, they were still a team. George, Roy Hibbert and George Hill had spent an off day going fishing, and they posted a photo of their catch…

Not much of a catch, but it’s something. And bigger picture, it represented how the Pacers were sticking together despite their issues.

Fans in Indiana have caught on to the meme, and at yesterday’s Game 1 against the Heat (which the Pacers won handily), they actually sold a t-shirt of George, Hill and Hibbert going fishing…

It’s also available at the NBA store. Smart idea to call it “Reel It In” instead of “Gone Fishing.”

(via TNLP)

D.C. bros get into it with Paul George

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of my favorite moments during last night’s Pacers/Wizards game came toward the end of the third quarter. The Wiz were trying to make a run and get back in the game, and as they started pushing, the crowd there in D.C. started getting into the game. And at one stoppage in play, as Paul George walked past the scorer’s table, a couple of bros in the front row let George have it. (I couldn’t find room to fit this into last night’s 24-Second Thoughts. :( ) George, not one to back down, went right back and them, which caused these bros to stand and redouble their efforts, and George turned away. These sports bros may have gotten the last word, but Paul George got the win…

Paul George addresses Pacers haters via Twitter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Indiana Pacers have had a very public struggle the last few months. After looking like future champs for the first few months of the season, the Pacers have stumbled badly and can’t seem to find their footing. Most visible in their swoon has been Roy Hibbert, who went from an All-NBA candidate to losing his confidence, and in Game 1 against the Wizards he finished with 0 points and 0 rebounds.

Last night, Hibbert’s teammate Paul George, who has had his own struggles as well during the losing streak, stood up for both of them on Twitter, addressing rumors that the Pacers weren’t getting along. Unfortunately he did this by posting a photo of himself, Hibbert and George Hill when they were gone fishing, something that could be happening again soon if they don’t straighten things out…