Posts Tagged ‘Paul George’

Paul George named his new dog Kobe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant may be gone from the NBA, at least as an active player, but he has not been forgotten. Indiana Pacers forward Paul George took to Instagram last night to post a photo of his new dog. And what did he name his new dog? As George wrote in the caption, he named the dog as a tribute to Bryant…

Paul George to cover NBA 2K17

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It used to be that the pinnacle of stardom in the NBA may have meant scoring a magazine cover or maybe a TV commercial. Today, there may be no bigger honor than being on the cover of a video game. And last night we found out the latest NBA player to join the pantheon of stars who have been on the cover of the NBA 2K series. Indiana Pacers forward Paul George will be on the cover of NBA 2K17.

The game, which will drop in September, will also feature a “legend” edition, that will showcase the recently retired Kobe Bryant on the cover…

Pacers to appear on ‘The Bachelor’

The Indiana Pacers will appear on a future episode of 'The Bachelor'.

The Indiana Pacers will appear on a future episode of ‘The Bachelor’.

By Jeff Case

One of the most popular reality TV shows over the last 20 seasons has been ABC’s “The Bachelor”. This season’s eligible guy is Ben Higgins, a software salesman who lives in Denver, but hails from Indiana. He attended Indiana University. where he hung out with the stars on the team back then, future NBA first-round draft picks Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller. 

(According to the Indianapolis Star, Higgins and Zeller became friends and are still pals today).

As part of the show, Higgins is traveling back to his home state and the Pacers will be a part of an upcoming episode. has more on why Higgins is back in his native state and how the Pacers got into the episode, which will feature George Hill, Paul George and coach Frank Vogel (and they’ve got a photo gallery from the taping, too):

Pacers fans will see some familiar faces on the next episode of “The Bachelor.” Paul George, George Hill, and Coach Frank Vogel are special guests on next Monday’s episode on ABC.

Current Bachelor Ben Higgins is a Warsaw, Ind. native and filming for this particular episode took place in his hometown. Ben’s date for the episode was Lauren B.

This isn’t the first time a member of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment family has appeared on a show from “The Bachelor” franchise. Indiana Fever All-Star forward Tamika Catchings appeared on an episode of “The Bachelorette in 2014.

Curry, James, Kobe have NBA’s most popular jerseys

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 18: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors on January 18, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During the recent holiday season, a bunch of people apparently got NBA jerseys as gifts — according to a release from the NBA, had its largest Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30) in history, with combined sales up 20 percent from the previous year. But which jerseys were the most popular? Here’s a look at the top 15 most popular jerseys, based on sales from October 2015 through December 2015, which features a conspicuous debut from one rated rookie…

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
9. James Harden, Houston Rockets
10. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
11. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
12. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
13. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
14. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers
15. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Also, here are the ten most popular teams in terms of merchandise sold…

1.  Golden State Warriors
2. Chicago Bulls
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. New York Knicks
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Miami Heat
9. Boston Celtics
10. L.A. Clippers

Rookie Diary: Pacers’ Turner on injury, teammates and … bread sticks

Myles Turner

Indiana Pacers rookie big man Myles Turner

By Myles Turner, for

Myles Turner of the Pacers and Kristaps Porzingis of the Knicks will alternate on a weekly diary for covering life as a rookie, from challenges and success on the court to adjusting to their new world off.

This week: Turner discusses having to watch much of the start of his pro career because of a fractured left thumb suffered Nov. 11, the support from teammates and coaches, planning to return in early-January … and getting rookie hazing anyway.

When I first heard how long I was going to be out, I immediately wanted to break down a little bit, but I knew I had to remain strong in the situation. These things happen. Injuries are part of the game. I just had to stay up even though I was really frustrated. I realized it’s time for me to reflect and get a little bit stronger in my lower body.

I never would have expected this as the start to my career. Nobody wants to face an injury. I was just starting to get some rhythm going. I just started playing a substantial amount of minutes, about 15, 20 minutes in the rotation. I was doing my role and doing pretty well and building my trust with coach, and it just happened out of nowhere. Of course I was a little frustrated. But once I get back I know I’ll come back stronger.

VIDEO: Myles Turner suffers an injury vs. the Celtics

Everybody has really rallied around me. Paul George, missing almost all of last year, he has gone through more than anybody. He had to miss out on almost a whole year and sit back and reflect. He told me, “Be patient with it, these things happen.” George Hill, he missed a lot of last year too. He told me that he had the same surgery and that it’s something you can come back from very easily. And the coaching staff has been with me too. The whole Pacers organization has been great.

That means a lot. It means that my teammates have rallied around me. I just know that they’re really invested in me and what I can give to this program. Them having my back like that, it definitely means a lot.

I’m there every day anyway. I get to the arena about three or four hours before the games. I still shoot every day. Even though it’s casted up, I can still shoot. I’ve been shooting for the past three weeks now.

I’m hoping to be back right around New Year’s. I’ll probably miss the rest of this month and then get back out there in early January. I know it’s going to be tough after missing so much time, but I’m working on my conditioning right now. The biggest thing is getting back in running shape, moving around the floor. You can do all the treadmill stuff you want, but there’s nothing that can replace being on the floor. I’m getting my wind and my legs back under me. That’s probably the biggest thing, getting my conditioning back up.

I don’t get any sympathy from the veterans because of the injury. I still have to get some bread sticks and donuts for the plane ride. I’ve still got to make sure I get this guy’s soda or do whatever I need to do. They definitely haven’t taken it easy on me.

Yeah, bread sticks. They like the bread sticks. Everybody. I’ve got to get like 30 of them, these special stuffed bread sticks, before the plane rides, plus these special donuts. It’s rough.

I wasn’t expecting any handouts or anybody to feel sorry for me. At the same time, it’s a little tough carrying everybody’s stuff with one hand. Usually Joe Young, the other rookie helps, but he’s in the D-League right now. He’s supposed to come back next week. Hopefully I’ll get some help for the next road trip.

Paul George drops Nik Stauskas with crossover

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While we argue about how well Paul George‘s comeback is going, PG just keeps going out and putting up great performances.

And last night, when the Pacers played the Sixers, Paul George dropped Sixers guard Nik Stauskas with a nasty crossover dribble. Now, to be completely fair, if you look closely it appears that George steps on Stauskas’s foot, which is what causes Stauskas to fall like a tree. Still, George got ’em.

Paul George shows off some awesome dunks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It hasn’t been a year since Paul George suffered a terrible leg injury during a USA Basketball scrimmage. After a long recovery period, George returned at the end of last season and managed to show he was on track toward a full recovery.

But this week, while on a tour of the Philippines for Nike, George threw down a couple of impressive dunks that looked like the pre-injury George. Great to see he’s on the way back…

#RiseBeyondBelief #PaulGeorge

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Pacers center wins shrimp eating contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERShayne Whittington spent his rookie NBA season between the Indiana Pacers and their D-League affiliate, the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, making it to the D-League finals. Now, in the summer, Whittington showed where he really excels, by competing in a shrimp eating contest during a celebrity softball game in Indianapolis. With Paul George at his side as his hype man, watch as Whittington goes to work on a shrimp cocktail…

VIDEO: Pacers shrimp

Paul George delivers green flag at Indy 500

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday was the annual running of the Indy 500, one of the most iconic automobile races in the world. And since it takes place in Indiana, who better to deliver the opening flag than Pacers forward Paul George. Here’s a video about George’s day. In my book, any event that includes race cars and helicopters is pretty awesome…

VIDEO: Paul George Indy 500

Paul George goes fishing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Indiana Pacers may have missed the postseason, but Paul George has found another way to fill his free time — he’s gone fishing. And he’s apparently really good at it. He went fishing a year ago when times got tough, and now he’s entering fishing competitions.

George posted this picture on Instagram yesterday…

According to the Washington Post

“George entered alongside his friend Jacob Wheeler, who together with George caught 20.17 pounds of fish, the biggest of which was a 5.49-pound big bass caught by George. “Successful night on my home lake,” Wheeler said on Instagram.