Indiana Pacers Rumors
Alex Kennedy: In addition to working out for the Brooklyn Nets recently, I’m told that free agent P.J. Hairston also worked out for the Indiana Pacers.
George’s playoff duels with James established him as a star on the rise but never a rival, especially because he never won. Overcoming the adversity of the past two years, however, has given George a better sense of what he’s achieved and more belief that he belongs on a similar stage. “I’ve always matched up with him like, ‘I know he can do this, I know he can do that,’ ” George told The Vertical about James. “Not in an awe fashion, but it’s more so, ‘I’m not supposed to win these games. This is supposed to be the best dude in the NBA. I’m trying to challenge him. I know what I’m up against.’ Now it’s, ‘I’m ready. I’m ready for you. I’m a veteran. I know you, you know me. Let’s meet here, let’s get this job done.’ I’m prepared. I’ve had time to figure this out. I’ve had time to lick my wounds. I’m ready.”
“I’m happy,” George told The Vertical. “Nobody wants to play for a team that’s not competitive. That’s a year wasted. I’m happy he took that, in the back of his mind, that while I’m still young, while I’ve still got some years in my prime – or starting my prime – to keep me competitive over here.”