The one constant on the inconsistent Indiana Pacers squad last season was Paul George.
However, while being the lone bright spot, George often shied away from the spotlight. Not on the echelons of the LeBron’s nor the Durant’s of the world, he was never under an excruciating amount of pressure. This season, though, that’s all about to change. With a rising star such as Stephenson leaving town, it’s now up to George to step up.
Indiana is going to need George to produce much like last season — and then some.
And he knows that.
“People do look at it that way,” George insisted, perhaps even trying to sell it. “I’ve got a lot of pressure and I’m coming into this year and I’m ready to live up to that pressure.”
“The eyes are on me this year,” George said. “I’ve got a lot of pressure and I’m coming into this year ready to live up to that pressure.”
Still, the pressure will be on George and his Pacers. If he ever wants to be in the conversation of the league’s best, it’s times like these when he’ll prove the masses wrong.
No one is counting on the Pacers to be huge players in the East. Paul George has the potential to be the type of player that can change that.