Injured Indiana Pacers superstar and USA Basketball fixture Paul George filed the necessary paperwork by a March deadline to change his jersey number to 13 this season, so avoided being subject to paying for all of his merchandise on the market that still bore No. 24. But George, ever-charitable and generally awesome despite his unfortunate circumstances, did so anyway, gifting the never-worn apparel to his thrilled high school alma mater. Read More »
/ Aug 13, 2014 / 12:45 pm
After losing Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets in free agency and with Paul George likely out for the season, the Pacers are nobody’s favorites to win the East this season. In fact, it’s not far fetched to imagine a scenario where they miss the playoffs entirely. However, Larry Bird is confident in his team and does not plan on bottoming out this season.
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With Paul George lost for the entire 2013-14 season, the Pacers are scrambling to add some pep to an offense that ranked in the bottom third last season, even with George’s team-leading 21.7 PPG. A new report says they contacted Phoenix about acquiring third-team All-NBA point guard Goran Dragic in exchange for Roy Hibbert, Chris Copeland and cash. Read More »
The games are similar, basketball and soccer. Both are contact sports with little protective equipment; both have goals (or baskets) on the two sides of the field (or court) where a player must put the ball in to score points. Both have situations where a costly turnover could quickly turn into a counterattack or fast-break and cost a team points. Both games require elite athleticism, and players from both sports get paid tons of money to play their game at an elite level.
That’s where the similarities end between soccer and basketball, but that hasn’t stopped us from compiling a full soccer team with NBA stars. Read More »
Despite last week’s horrific injury that will force him to miss the 2014-2015 season, it won’t be long before we see Paul George back in a Team USA uniform. Chairmain Jerry Colangelo said yesterday that USA Basketball is saving a spot for George on the 2016 Olympic team regardless of his play once he returns to the court. Read More »
/ Aug 7, 2014 / 5:00 pm
Less than a week after Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury that left the basketball world in a state of shock, Nike is already forecasting his comeback. In a motivational new ad, the sports apparel giant says “the best is next” for George despite his long road to recovery. Read More »
Less than a week after suffering a ghastly open tibia-fibula fracture in his right leg during a Team USA scrimmage, Paul George was in good spirits yesterday. Despite the estimated year-long convalescence to get back on the court, PG was stoked about his new ride, a Ferrari Spider 458. Read More »
National team coach Mike Krzyzewski often calls USA Basketball a brotherhood, and during no time since he took over in 2006 has that familial aspect been more important than now. Friday’s devastating injury to Indiana Pacers All-Star and likely Team USA starter Paul George has been used by some by some in league circles as means to further the stance that NBA players shouldn’t be used on the international stage. Despite a growing number of key voices propagating that agenda and the lingering effects of George’s injury, ESPN reports that all 19 candidates for the national program’s World Cup squad remain committed to making the team. Read More »
The scary compound leg fracture suffered by Paul George during Friday night’s USA Basketball Showcase means one of the best and most promising players in the league will miss the entire 2014-15 NBA season. It also raised doubts about the participation of NBA players in international events like the Olympics and this year’s FIBA World Cup in Spain. Except NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement to ESPN on Sunday night, PG’s injury is unlikely to produce a “major shift” in the NBA’s policies towards international competition. Read More »
A report by Yahoo’s Marc Spears says that Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George had a successful surgery and will likely miss the 2014-2015 season. Meanwhile, Pacers President Larry Bird released a statement concerning the injury that expressed support for USA Basketball amid growing sentiments that NBA players should he held out of international competition. Read More »