Three years, three seasons has gone by since the Indiana Pacers had the honour of finishing with the best record in the East. Paul George is confident they can mirror the past in 2017.
The Pacers man also believes he is up to the task of going up against Cleveland’s Lebron James in an individual battle. The size of James is intimidating enough, George must be in something different.
Both players had some epic battles prior to Paul George breaking in leg in 2014. And with a new season dawning, he is ready for James.
“Honestly, I look at us challenging them. I’ve been in the East and I’ve been No. 1 with LeBron being on a team,” George told Yahoo’s Michael Lee, pointing out how Indiana finished ahead of LeBron’s Miami Heat in the standings in 2014.
“I’ve always matched up with him like, ‘I know he can do this, I know he can do that.’ 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.”
George is certainly capable of backing up these words, and it’s not hard to envision the Pacers becoming a top-four team in the East.