Posts Tagged ‘Paul George’

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…

Paul George would like to sell you some pizza

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — His Pacers may be floundering against the Hawks right now, but Paul George‘s star is still on the rise. That means more opportunities off the court, such as a co-starring gig in this new Papa John’s pizza commercial. Nice dunk, PG. (No, not the pizza.)

VIDEO: PG Papa John

NBA players better at basketball than drawing

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of my favorite people up in Canada is Cabbie, who works for TSN and does all sorts of great interviews, often with NBA players. In one of his latest videos, he asked several NBA players, including Kevin Love, Paul George and Kyle Lowry, to draw self-portraits.

I don’t think anyone expected something along these lines, but…well, see for yourself…


VIDEO: NBA Self-Portraits

(via Sporting News)

The NBA Nae Nae dance-off!

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The nae nae is a dance that has been growing in popularity for the past few months. (Deadspin provided some pretty good background on it here.) And as it has expanded, it has crossed over into the NBA several times. So we all know what that means…time for another dance-off!

Who performed the best version of the nae nae? Vote at the bottom…

DWIGHT HOWARD

JOHN WALL AND PAUL GEORGE

VIDEO: Wall and George

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS MASCOT BETSY ROSS

DWYANE WADE

BEN MCLEMORE AND THE SACRAMENTO KINGS

VIDEO: MCLEMORE NAE NAE

George casually nails absurdly long trey

Anybody in the whole free world with half an NBA eye knows the Pacers are struggling. Those with a whole eye see their superstar Paul George as being in the vanguard of the struggle, as illuminated by Sekou Smith here recently.

So what does Mr. George do to get folks off his back? He launches a 3 from the half-court logo in a one-point game with a little over three minutes to play, that’s what. It wasn’t a buzzer-beater either, although he may have thought it was…


VIDEO: Paul George goes YOLO — or gets desperate — and sinks ridiculous 3

Indiana ended up winning 101-94. Does this shift their season for the better? Who knows. One thing for sure: Uncle Pauly hasn’t lost his confidence.