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Paul George: This Season Hasn't Been Fun

Dec 30, 2016 12:38 PM

Paul George said he's done criticizing referees and will focus on turning around the Indiana Pacers' season.

"I've been getting caught up with officials, getting caught up with on-court stuff," George said after practice Wednesday. "(I've lost) sight of how fun this game is to me. … Now whatever happens on the court, I couldn't care less, as long as I'm having fun and enjoying what I'm doing.

The Pacers have a 15-18 record and he's received $25,000 worth of fines.

"This season hasn't been (fun)," he said. "It's been one of the most frustrating seasons I've been a part of. But I just have to approach it as being myself, to enjoy the process, enjoy the grind. That's only going to show on the court. But more so, it's going to show in the locker room."

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Paul George Fined $15k For 'Little Brother' Remark

Dec 28, 2016 6:47 PM

Paul George has been fined $15,000 by the NBA while Nate McMillan received a $10,000 fine for publicly criticizing the officials.

George and McMillan were irked by the lack of foul calls the Pacers received against the Bulls on Monday night.

"I've been fined multiple times," George told reporters. "I've been vocal to the point where the league issues [a statement], 'Hey, we missed a call. Hey, we missed that.' Officials do it during games [saying], 'I missed that call, I missed this call. We're sorry. We're sorry.' It's getting repetitive.

"They see it, they know what's going on. They know what's a foul. They know what's not a foul. It comes down from somewhere else how these games are going, I believe."

George was asked if he felt that things would be different if he played for a big-market team.

"Since I've been in this jersey we've always fought this battle," George said. "Ever since I've been playing, ever since I've been in this jersey, we've fought this battle. Maybe the league has teams they like so they can give them the benefit of the doubt. We're the little brother of the league. We're definitely the little brother of the league."


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New CBA To Contain Designated Veteran Extension Provision

Dec 14, 2016 8:30 PM

An important new aspect of the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement will be the ability for teams to sign their own players to extensions.

Teams will be able to choose up to two Designated Veterans to sign to a long-term extension.

The ability for teams to sign their own players to extensions was compromised as part of the collective bargaining agreement that was put in place in 2011.

The initial beneficiaries of the new provision will likely be the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings who will be able to extend Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins, respectively, in the 2017 offseason. Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder could also agree upon a new extension.

Criteria for those designated players will be based on achievements, including appearances on All-NBA teams and Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year award winners.

Zach Lowe reports that Year 1 of the extension can be any amount up to 35 percent of cap even if the team has no cap room.

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Thunder, Pacers, Rockets Have Had Interest In Rudy Gay

Dec 14, 2016 12:36 PM

Rudy Gay can become a free agent this offseason and has openly suggested he isn't interested in re-signing with the Sacramento Kings.

"The one player who is going to have to move between now and the trade deadline is Rudy Gay," said Wojnarowski. "I don't think the Kings can make the same mistake New Orleans made last year with Ryan Anderson. Ryan Anderson was pretty clear he was not going to re-sign there and they lost him for nothing. Especially for a team so devoid of assets, they couldn't let him walk for nothing.

"Oklahoma City got down to the wire before Cameron Payne's injury (trading for Gay).

There are several teams with interest in trading for Gay.

"There's no question Oklahoma City. Indiana has had interest in him. Houston has had some peripheral interest. I don't think they have the pieces to trade."

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Pacers Have Zero Interest In Even Listening To Paul George Trade Offers

Dec 14, 2016 12:05 PM

Paul George has a player option in 2018 where he can become a free agent but the Indiana Pacers remain committed to trying to build a winning team around him.

"I know teams have been calling Indiana and asking about Paul George and the answer is absolutely, positively no," said Wojnarowski about a possible trade. "'He's not available, there's no conversation to be had, don't even make offers to us. We're not moving Paul George.'"

"Their mindset in Indiana is to continue to try to build around Paul George and Myles Turner and try to find a combination around them that will get Paul to want to re-sign and stay there.

"That being said, I think the Pacers are very much open for business with almost everybody else. I think they're in a place where they're willing to go out and try to find some guys to put around him."

The Pacers currently have a 13-12 record, which puts them in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

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Paul George Holds First Players-Only Meeting Of Career

Nov 26, 2016 11:15 AM

Paul George will miss the Indiana Pacers' next three games with a sore left ankle.

Since he sustained his injury Nov. 11 in the overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, George has felt significant soreness in his ankle when he ran on it. 

 

George missed four out of the Pacers' next six games and test results showed no structural damage.

George intended to play in Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets after holding his first players-only meeting of his seven-year career. 

 

“I wanted to get the guys together and kind of wanted to get them to just start seeing the game differently,” George said after the Pacers’ shootaround. “If there’s action going on strong side, why can’t we talk and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to set you up for this back screen or I’m going to get to you for this pin down.’ No reason why we can’t communicate on the offensive end.”

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Paul George To Undergo MRI On Left Ankle

Nov 18, 2016 5:29 PM

Paul George will sit out the Indiana Pacers' game on Friday against the Phoenix Suns with a left ankle injury.

George will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

George didn't practice on Thursday and is still feeling soreness.

Through the first 11 games of the 16-17 season, George is averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

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Paul George Fined $15,000 For Kicking Ball Into Stands

Nov 8, 2016 7:37 PM

Paul George has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for kicking a ball into the stands.

The ball hit a fan in the face and George immediately apologized to her.

"I meant to kick the ball against the mat, the stanchion, I guess," George said after the Pacers' 111-94 win over the Bulls. "And my soccer skill isn't as good as I thought. I apologized to the people who I hit, and I'm glad my team was able to pick up this win and me not be at fault for the loss."

George also sent flowers to the woman.

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Metta World Peace Can't Forgive Himself For End Of Pacers' Tenure

Nov 2, 2016 11:13 AM

Metta World Peace made what will likely be his final trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

World Peace said he won't ever recover from how his Pacers tenure ended, especially because he believed so many people in and around the franchise truly liked him, cared for him, tried to help him at every turn, but he didn’t do right by them.

“That’s what I feel most bad about to this day,” World Peace told ESPN. “That’s something that I can never, ever forgive myself for. I don’t regret it, but I definitely can’t forgive myself for that.”

World Peace was suspended for 73 games following the brawl at The Palace and eventually forced his way out of Indiana with a trade to the Sacramento Kings.

World Peace called Rick Adelman a “basketball father figure” and said taught him how to be a teammate.

“Rick, that really changed my life,” World Peace said. “That’s when my turning point was.”

World Peace later realized how he squandered his opportunity with the Pacers.

“I was there, but I had no control. It was like now I realized, ‘Oh, wow, what a f---ing d---head.’”

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Paul George: My Only Goal Is Playing For A Championship

Oct 25, 2016 7:44 PM

Paul George has the chance to spend his entire career with the Indiana Pacers, something the franchise would certainly welcome.

George can become a free agent in 2018.

“Guys want to play with guys,” George said. “I think I have a better chance to accomplish that given Reggie (Miller) and the era that he was in. My only goal is playing for a championship. As long as we’re competitive and I have something to do with that, I’m happy.”

George has spent much of his career trying to get past LeBron James.

“In order for me to win, I’ve got to take him out,” George said. “At this time, I feel more experienced. It’s now about how do I get my team to play at a higher level. That’s what I’m trying to get to.”

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