May 1, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) high fives center Roy Hibbert (55) after he scored against the Atlanta Hawks in game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George Set to Stay an Indiana Pacer

“(A long-term contract) is going to get done,” George told The Indianapolis Star. “There will be a deal signed and sealed on the table before the season. We’re (George and Pacers management) on the same page.”  Quote from the Indy Star article that states Paul George and the Pacers are set to get a deal done in October that will keep Mr. George around here for however long this contract is for.  This is just the kind of news Pacer fans want to hear, and I couldn’t be more excited about Paul George playing here and hopefully his whole career as an Indiana Pacer.

I do feel like that if George progresses enough, he’ll be that BEST Indiana Pacer we’ve seen here.  Sorry to Reggie Miller who will be that all time fan favorite, and right up there in best Indiana Pacer discussion. I just think with George’s all around game, he could be up there as that best PLAYER.  Sure, talking fan favorite is more subjective and all that. Plus, we’ll have to see what George can do in the playoffs as he’ll have to do some work to catch Reggie Miller in that area of game. But last playoffs, George started off just fine after the season before where he just didn’t look comfortable.  That first game of the playoffs last season with the triple double opened up my eyes to what George can achieve in the league.

This season will be that season where we can see even more improvement as George can look to be that consistent scorer and defender. I don’t think George got enough credit last season for the defense he provided. I will once again look to the playoffs, where he took on each best player of the opposing team.  First, it was Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks.  Next up, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks. Finally, Lebron James of the Miami Heat.  Tackling James head on in the playoffs is enough for one round, just look at what George had to do each round, especially when you consider how good Anthony was, and if James isn’t there, probably wins some of that MVP vote last season.  But George took each challenge, and brought his best game.  I would say that most of the time he even bettered that other side.

This season overall for the Indiana Pacers will be full of high hopes and expectations.  To get this deal done BEFORE the start, I believe just relieves ALL of that pressure to get a deal done after the season. It takes away that idea that George MIGHT leave, and fans and reporters won’t be asking the front office or George himself about this issue.  Just an awesome time to be a Pacers fan right now, and I can’t wait for the season to get underway.

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