Paul George was hesitant to talk about extensions with Larry Bird. Paul George seems like he is going to be on another team if his team doesn’t start winning more games. Paul George isn’t committed to signing with the Pacers.
“As I told Larry, I always want to play on a winning team that has a chance to win it all. That’s important,” George told Marc Stein.
Paul George doesn’t care about his stats, he wants a chance to play for a championship.
“ I want a chance to play for a chance to win a championship.”
The Indiana Pacers are currently in 6th place sitting on a 29–28 record. It wasn’t too long ago when everybody was discussing Paul George trade rumors. The Pacers were picked to be the team to compete with the Cavaliers in the Playoffs. The Pacers let down many analysis and fans after the first two months. They were struggling, they started the season in 10th place.
The trade rumors about George moving could have been true. The Pacers as a team weren’t in a right state of mind. There leader didn’t buy into the new system. Paul George didn’t feel the chemistry was there.
The Pacers added new pieces to the team and let go a key piece. The Pacers let their true point guard George Hill walk to the Utah Jazz. They wanted to go a different route this season. After facing Jeff Teague multiple times last season the Indiana Pacers signed Jeff Teague during the off-season. They also added Al Jefferson to the clubs to help mentor Myles Turner and add scoring to the bench. When the season started the chemistry dropped. Teague and Jefferson had to mesh right with George and the team. After all the new players didn’t help the Pacers right away. Paul George felt like it was no hope on the season.
“I was in a dark moment, a low moment,” George said.
His injury was still bothering him from seasons ago. George suffered a knee injury during a USA Basketball intrasquad game in the summer of 2014 that causes him to miss most 2014–15 season.
“I had a bunch of ankle injuries going on.”
He told the USA Today reporter that the USA drained him physically in mentally. The team hasn’t been working well together in the beginning of the season. The new players had a hard time connecting with the old team. Paul George took the blame for that because he’s the leader of this team.
“The team wasn’t meshing well. The chemistry between myself and Jeff (Teague) wasn’t where it should’ve been. … I’m the guy who has to bring it on both ends, and I wasn’t feeling like I was capable of doing it physically. So it was wearing on me.”
The Pacers started to heat up in January. The momentum started there. They were 9–4 in
Paul George has two seasons left on his contract.