HoopsHype Paul George rumors

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With the fan base growing restless and less sympathetic after every loss, and the franchise's rallying cry of "all-in" hanging over the players like the blade of a guillotine, George is trying to lead the Pacers while navigating the choppy waters of stardom. It hasn't been easy. There are few who can understand how to handle this level of fame as a 23-year-old — or even to throw a life preserver. "I'm human. I'm going to make mistakes. I'm going to have growing pains. All of this is new to me," George said. "I mean, they drafted a kid from Palmdale. Small town, close-knit family, you know. I've never been in this position. "I feel like I've just got a lot to learn." Indianapolis Star

April 29, 2014 Updates

Police were called to George's home on Diamond Pointe Drive just before midnight on a report of theft. According to the police report, the theft happened between 7:15 and 11:45 p.m. When George's parents, who also live at the home, returned to the house late Monday night, they noticed drawers and cabinets were open throughout the home. An alarm on the door of the wine room was also going off, police said. Police said there are no signs of forced entry at the home. George's parents said they didn't lock the door when they left the home earlier in the evening, because they didn't have a key. The home's alarm system was also not set, police said. When the Georges got home, a door in the rear of the house was open, along with a balcony door in the master bedroom. TheIndyChannel.com

More than $15,000 worth of jewelry and shoes was taken in the burglary, police said. Among the missing items: a 2014 Paul George NBA platinum All Star ring with diamonds, 15 watches and a pair of Air Jordan 4 "Toro" shoes. A $20 bill was also taken from the home. TheIndyChannel.com

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Paul George acknowledged the team was aware of Barkley's observations. "That's Charles being Charles," he said. "I didn't take no offense to it. Chuck ain't been behind this team from the get-go." Um, that's not true. Barkley has been the biggest Pacers fan on national TV, and has been for two years. He picked the Pacers to reach the NBA Finals last year during the Heat series, and has continually sung the team's praises throughout this year. "Larry (Bird) has told us that as well, when he said we were playing soft," George said, referring to a Bird late-night call to a Star reporter that set off a Twitter firestorm. "We need to play bigger and stronger and play more aggressive. It doesn't fire me up. It fires us up that we took a loss against a team we should have beaten and gave up home-court advantage." USA Today Sports

One of those small changes will likely be assigning the team's best wing defender, Paul George, on Hawks point guard Jeff Teague. On Saturday, Teague exploited the one-on-one matchup with George Hill and the other Pacers did little to stop him as Teague scored a game-high 28 points. "Yeah, that's an option," Vogel said about George moving to Teague. "I'm sure we'll see some of that this series — at some point." Indianapolis Star

April 18, 2014 Updates

“He’s going to be huge for us; he’s got to be huge for us on the offensive end, which I know he (will be),” Paul George said. “Last year he took that step in the postseason and really was dominant. So we all feel like we’re going to get that same Roy this time around.” NBA.com

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All five starters — George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert — didn’t go through shootaround and will sit tonight in Milwaukee, against a lowly Bucks team that has lost five straight games and 13 of their last 14. “The starters are not going to play tonight, all five of them,” Vogel said after shootaround. “We’re going to rest them and try to heal up some various bumps and bruises involved with all five guys. “We’re not playing well as a basketball team right now and the starters aren’t playing well. Our bench is not playing well. We want to try to get the starters on track by getting their legs back under them and getting them healed up.” Why all five? “If you sit one or two guys for the game, nobody ever finds a rhythm,” Vogel said. Pacers.com

The Pacers are just a half-game back on the Miami Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but Vogel says improving their own play is their top priority. “We still have our sights on the No. 1 seed but the most important thing for our team is fixing our team,” he said. Pacers.com

April 8, 2014 Updates

Scott Agness: Vogel said PG and DWest, two guys that have played every game, came to him about rest. Vogel regrets not giving them more days off In March. Vogel on tomorrow: "Not everybody will play. We’ll pick our spots over the final four games to get the guys that need rest some rest." Vogel: "I think getting them some rest will make them fresher going into the playoffs. It’s not the answer, but I think it’s part of it." Twitter

April 7, 2014 Updates

The rest of the Pacers said Hibbert's benching was the result of a poor matchup against Atlanta's Paul Millsap and Pero Antic. "I was surprised just because it's never happened," forward Paul George said about Hibbert's benching, "but it was just a tough matchup for Roy. To have a five-man who can stretch the floor, put the ball on the ground and shoot perimeter shots. It was just a tough cover because Roy's great at protecting the rim and being in the paint and Antic really had him on the perimeter the whole night." ESPN.com

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