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Paul George
Paul George
Position: F
Born: 05/02/90
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $16,900,000
Paul George is well aware that Monday is it. It’s the last time that he will ever go against five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant — a player he idolized while growing up in nearby Palmdale, California — in a competitive game. (The two are each starters in the 65th annual NBA All-Star game slated for Sunday, Feb. 14.) For George, he’s thinking about one-upping the sure-thing Hall of Famer. “Honestly, try to go for 82 [points],” he said with a big grin. (Kobe’s 81-point game was 10 years ago.)
When Paul George is up in Toronto for All-Star Weekend 2016, he plans to carry a lighter schedule during a weekend that is anything but a “break” for NBA players. “I’m not doing any events,” George told this week. Previously, he has competed in the Slam Dunk Contest (2012, 2014), in addition to the Rising Stars Challenge (2012) and the All-Star Game (2013, 2014). “Cut down on appearances and not much endorsement stuff around All-Star Weekend this year,” he said. “That’s a good thing. Get the rest, and really it’s about the game on Sunday.”
“With the big lineup, being much more of a scorer with that group and then with the smaller lineups, being a creator,” George said. “We’ve got a lot of shooters and we’ve got guys that can make plays. So [being] another playmaker out there with those three other guys that are making plays on the perimeter, I think, is more the role that I take. And when we’ve got two bigs, being more of a scorer is the role that I take because I’ve got guys who can screen and set me up.” What George is lacking, he said, is consistency between the two. Some of that is tactical based on the opposing lineup. Some of it has been injuries. “We’ve had so many different lineups that it’s hard to get a chemistry and get a feel for one another, regardless of how much practice time you have,” Paul George said. “In games, it’s so much different.”
George had even more trouble finding the right expression to capture his feelings about his transitioning role on the team. “It’s hard to find the words for it,” George told IndyStar after scoring 11 points on 3-of-15 shooting while leading the team with eight assists, but collecting five turnovers. “Before it was, I had the confidence just being out there. I knew what I could do and I was comfortable in doing that. Then it was like slowly ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that, too much of this, too much of that,’ so I had to change it up a little bit. Kind of opened it up for our other guys to be aggressive and have opportunities. “So I’m not sure what to call it.”
Then there’s George. Still the Pacers’ leading scorer with a 23.5 scoring average, but feeling as if his role has shifted as the team now has a 25-23 record. “It’s changed, it’s definitely changed (since the) start of the year,” George said. “Just kinda felt like I had the confidence and coach was giving me the confidence with the green light. I’m still confident, guys are still making the right plays. Just seems like a transition a little bit.”