Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Paul George is preparing his body and mind this offseason, as he aims to carry much more of the load for his squad in 2014-’15. George knows the Pacers will once again be under the microscope, and he says that he’s ready for the challenge. Per ESPN:

“With Lance (Stephenson) being gone and everyone thinking this is going to be a rebuilding year for us,” Paul George said during Team USA training camp this week, “immediately when LeBron (James) went to Cleveland, that made them the front-runners.”

 

But the Pacers, with a strong core led by George still in place, are certainly not rebuilding, right? […] “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.”

 

And while he seems to talk in code a bit about what Stephenson’s departure means, he is not looking to shed any responsibility. […] “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.”