HoopsHype Paul George rumors

January 19, 2014 Updates

When asked whether he had declined the offers, George said, “No, I haven’t declined. I’m keeping my options open.” In particular with the dunk contest, George, who fans would love to see after he showed off a 360-degree slam in Saturday’s win, would like to see it taken more seriously. “It would all depend on who’s in it,” he stated. “I want to be in it when the competition is good.” Pacers.com

Lance Stephenson, the flashiest player on the Pacers, said he won’t be involved in any of those events, but he does have a message for his teammate. “I ain’t got no dunks like that,” Lance Stephenson said. “Paul, that’s the guy that needs to be in the dunk contest.” Pacers.com

On Thursday, adidas unveiled the uniforms for both teams and for the first time, they’re going with the sleeved jerseys. Many teams around the league have tried them, including all ten teams that played on Christmas Day. The Pacers have not, so this will be George’s first time wearing a sleeved jersey. “It’s different,” he said. “I’m not really fan of sleeves but it’s different.” Pacers.com

George is into fashion and he started to really develop his own style last year. Though he wears some bold and colorful shirts or pants, even George believes these are fashion-forward. “The colors are a little wild,” he said. It’ll take some getting used to.” Pacers.com

January 18, 2014 Updates

On Saturday night, George said that he declined an invitation by the league to compete in this year's Slam Dunk Contest in New Orleans. Although George —who made his first All-Star appearance as a player last year — has not completely closed the door on the possibility, he confirmed that he likely will not participate in other All-Star weekend events such as the Skills Contest and will not make a return appearance to the 3-point Shootout. Indianapolis Star

Now certified as an in-demand NBA celebrity, George ranks second in the Eastern Conference in All-Star votes and will undoubtedly start in the game held on Feb. 17. George explained that he would rather take a respite and try to limit his schedule as much as possible. "Exactly, I don't want to add to it by doing extra stuff," George said, responding to a comment that rest rarely happens during hectic All-Star weekends. Indianapolis Star

January 17, 2014 Updates

Come playoff time, where he averaged just 9.7 points during the 2012 postseason, the Pacers needed George to reach even higher even further. Yes, togetherness is the team’s motto and any player can step up at any time, but championship-caliber teams also need a go-to guy. And that’s when Miller, who played every one of his 18 NBA seasons with the Pacers, began being of assistance to George. They exchanged a lot of text messages, and occasionally talked on the phone. “It was a new stage for me,” George said. “Going and being a star on the rise and handling the media pressure and just handling stepping on to another stage. He helped me with understanding and learning, and he taught me how to handle myself going through that situation.” Pacers.com

January 15, 2014 Updates

FIBA: The team has recruited some veterans including Luis Scola and CJ Watson and there is also the return of Danny Granger after a long injury. Can you talk about this roster. Paul George: Our group of players is amazingly competitive and talented. Everybody knows about the talent of Luis Scola. He has a huge basketball IQ, he knows the game very well and he is a superb teammate. CJ Watson brings his experience as a back-up point guard. Last but not least, Danny Granger's comeback is a great thing for us. He was injured for a while and is feeling better game after game. Our roster is very solid and our second unit is very productive. FIBA.com

January 9, 2014 Updates

Eastern Conference. Frontcourt: 1. LeBron James (Mia) 1,076,063 2. Paul George (Ind) 899,671 3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 702,869 4. Roy Hibbert (Ind) 385,964 5. Chris Bosh (Mia) 304,986 6. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 164,021 7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 128,201 8. Andre Drummond (Det) 120,844 9. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 101,637 10. Jeff Green (Bos) 96,336 11. Luol Deng (Cle) 90,730 12. Carlos Boozer (Chi) 80,271 13. Paul Pierce (BKN) 72,581 14. David West (Ind) 61,612 15. Brook Lopez (BKN) 58,477 NBA.com

"Everybody's on the same page," George says. "On the court, we understand that it's a group effort. We don't care who's shooting the shot. Most teams play for highlight plays and stuff like that. We play the right way and we play to win. That goes with sharing the ball, helping one another on the defensive end and giving credit where credit is due. We don't like to accept credit alone, because we built something here. A real togetherness. Teamwork. Everything that we do, we know that we don't do it alone." SB Nation

January 4, 2014 Updates

The Pacers lost to the Bulls in the first round the season before you signed with them. Did you see this kind of development coming? Did you like Paul George's game, or see Roy Hibbert becoming a rim protector like this? David West: Honestly, the only I guy I knew about was Danny [Granger]. I knew they were just about complete in terms of the next four to six years, with Paul [George] being in his second year, and all the other young guys. I knew there was going to be an opportunity to put my post in the ground here, if I was able to come in and have an impact. Grantland

January 2, 2014 Updates

“I think Nate and Popeye have both spent a lot of time with Lance [Stephenson],” Vogel noted specifically. “Nate has also spent a lot of time with Paul George. Both of those guys are very experienced and have come in and been sharp right from the start. They’re doing great jobs, as well as Dan Burke, obviously. The staff cohesion is as good as it’s been in the last couple of years.” Pacers.com

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As George talks about George, serving and volleying like a young Pete Sampras on grass, many of his teammates do the same. “He’s the head of the snake for us,” says All-Star forward David West succinctly, fresh off an 18-point, 8-rebound effort. “I’m not surprised at all by Paul’s hot start,” adds reserve guard Donald Sloan. “I watched him play last year, watched him develop. I could see it coming. He’s playing with a high level of confidence right now, and he definitely has the skill set and the right group around him.” SLAM

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