At the urging of his boss Larry Bird, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George is putting in work this summer to return next season as a more effective force down on the block. George, 24, says his intention is to punish defenders in posts up situations. The 6-9, 220-pound All-Star knows that he needs to bulk up in order to reach his goals. Per the Indy Star:

“I plan on being a lot more physical this year,” the Indiana Pacers small forward said. “I really plan on taking contact and wanting to get contact and finishing through contact. That’s the next step for me.”

 

In his postseason meeting with reporters, Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird said he would like to see George post up more. “Get down in the post. Take some of these younger guys down there and work out of the post, not only to score but to create double teams and opportunities for his teammates to have better looks at the basket,” Bird said.

 

“I got a chef helping me on what I put in my body,” George said. “It’s been night and day as far as my performance on the court. That’s been the key for me working on my body. No more McDonald’s.”