Quantcast
Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 9:40 am  |  71 responses

Paul George Says it Would Be ‘Tough to Say No’ to Kobe and the Lakers


Indiana Pacers star guard Paul George will be a restricted free agent next summer. He’s said all along that he would like to stick with the Pacers long-term. Unless, of course, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers come knocking. George, a California native, admits it would be hard for him to turn down a chance to play at home with his idol. Per ESPN Radio, the Indy Star and the Pacers’ team website: “My heart is still in Indiana … I’m still a Pacer, and hopefully I remain a Pacer. I’m happy where I’m at.’ Comforting words to Pacers’ fans. However, then there was this: ‘Of course it would be tough (to say no to Kobe). You’re talking about playing (at) home.’ [...] George was then pressed as to what makes his situation in Indiana, with a great locker room, so special. ‘Everyone is some comfortable with one another that before our practice or our day starts, everyone in our locker room has a conversation with one another,’ he said. ‘We enjoy one another’s company outside of basketball.’ His decision won’t be an easy one. The Pacers will be able to offer him the largest deal. Though David West is the heart and soul of the team, Paul George is the face and the future. ‘I definitely want to win,’ George said of what he desires. ‘I want to be a champion. I want to get a ring. I think all of that should be in my future as an NBA player. I think that’ll be the case of if I want to leave or stay in Indiana. I think the only thing that will change that is who’s on the roster and who’s with me. Now, I know what I have with me now and that’s more than enough to win a championship. Again, where I’m at — I’m a happy player and I’m in a happy place right now.’ Pacers officials, who one agent recently described to Pacers.com as ‘the best people in the world to ever do business with,’ have talked with George and his camp about their intentions. ‘It’s still early,’ George said, ‘but we’ve talked and I think we’re on the same page. It’s mutual where we’re at. It’s all about loyalty and that’s what I’m strong on is being loyal.’”

  • Add a Comment
  • Share
  • RSS

Tags: , , , ,

  • BenJW

    Right now, doesn’t matter one bit. Pacers will match any offer he gets and by the time he’s up for free agency again, Kobe will be long gone.

  • shockexchange

    INTERPRETATION: Paul George says: “It would be tough not to (i) lead the Lakers to a chip and have Horry Jr take all the credit or (ii) fall short of a chip and have Horry Jr throw you under the bus like he did Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time, Lamar Odom, et. al.” Actually, it’s not that tough at all, just ask Rent-A-Center.

  • RR

    He’ll fit right in if this was to happen.. Great do it all guy that don’t need the ball to dominate like Kobe.. Could guard the best wing players so Kobe can rest defensively against most teams, and he won’t mind being the second or third option behind Gasol..
    But it won’t happen

  • REED

    Can someone explain to me how come this can’t happen, can the pacers even afford to keep him now that they locked in west? Along with Hibberts Max deal and Grangers deal?

  • RayJr
  • LakeShow

    He’d certainly make up for the loss of MWP and Ariza… and then some.
    I love his game. One of my favorite players right now.
    I’d be much happier with him than LeBron coming to the Lakers.

  • JML-G

    gettin George would be far more realistic than Lebron or Melo for Lakers, thats for sure

  • shockexchange

    “I’d be happier with him than LeBron coming to the Lakers.” < This is like the Shock Exchange saying, "He's much happier with his current girlfriend than he would be dating Lola Falana." As if …

  • RR

    I seriously doubt Indiana will let their future go to LA. PG is worth matching whatever LA throws at him..

  • RayJr

    Completely agree and yeah I think Pacers will match if it doesn’t make them go over the salary cap like the article says. The Lakers are definitely going to offer him the max deal anyways.

  • LakeShow

    After a quick google search, I can assure you i’m also much happier with my gf than that Lola chick…

    This is 2013 bud….

  • pposse

    the best move for PG is to go and play in the western conference. This makes sense. Too many star SF’s in the East (Melo and Bron). If he is considered 3rd best in the league or even second behind only Lebron the best thing for him to get as close to an NBA championship (playing in the finals) is moving to the opposite conference of Lebron.

  • marko

    do u ever shut up shockexchange get a life everytime kobe article come’s up ur here to bash him

  • RayJr

    How about both? It could happen ::crosses fingers and toes::

  • shockexchange

    No it won’t. The Kang, Thor, Iron, nor Wonder Woman wants to play for the Lakers. You will have compete with only “more talent than the rest of the L.”

  • krow132

    yep. And he would be a way better fit than Melo would. I hope it happens

  • krow132

    They will probaly move Granger if anything. Paul George have way more upside

  • krow132

    What if he decides to leave even if they match? I mean it is playing in Los Angeles.

  • LakeShow

    Good thing Green Lantern, and Superman, and Batman want to!

  • shockexchange

    Didn’t Superman just spurn you for Houston? No worries … there’s always Aquaman. You’ll need him when the Lakers are underwater this season.

  • LakeShow

    Shaq retired years ago.

  • shockexchange

    You’ve just outshocked the Shock Exchange! You %$&#&@!
    turkey.

  • Mike Gilbert

    well we know what happens when you say no to Kobe……

  • Mike Gilbert

    he’s a restricted free agent, so if the Pacers match he has to play there

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    so you’d be much happier being worse off?

  • LakeShow

    Highly debatable.

  • OleOtis

    Two is too many to you? People are saying now that he’s better than Melo. Whether one agrees with that or not, it is a discussion worth having because of his ability to do more than just score. And if he goes West, Durant and Iguodala are out there. He’s on the 2nd best team in the East right now. They’re the only team capable of beating Miami and getting to the Finals because Chicago isn’t fit to do it yet. No need for him to go anywhere. He should stay with Hibbert. Hope Lance Stephenson continues to develop. Larry Bird will give him what he needs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    not even a little bit.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah good point haha.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    almost got me to show my boobs there! http://images.dailydawdle.com/mascot_troll_flashing.gif

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Saying no to Kobe is a very bad choice if you dont believe that ask that white girl in Colorado

  • Matthew Wu

    What about PG and Melo altogether?

  • pposse

    i completely forgot about Durant. Everyone is saying that the eastern conf. semis and finals will be murderous with Miami, Chicago, Indiana, and BK.

    Whether or not Chicago has what it takes to beat Miami or Indiana is irrelevant. The team (the bulls) as structured has probably the best chance to get the 1st seed in the East, unless Miami gets historic and wins 70 or near 70 in the regular season. Where does that leave Indiana? In all likelihood playing MIami in the Easter conf semis. The bulls are young too LA will have a huge amount of cap space in 2014, so signing PG and getting another guy out there can all but guarantee a spot in the WCF for the Lakers.

  • LakeShow

    I get it!
    I get it!
    Har Har!
    Oh man…. phewwwiee.. Original material there…

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Dude you read my mind.

  • nuhuh

    This is semantics, bud.

  • fred

    Someone call the waaaambulance…

  • LakeShow

    Okay, Shock Exchange, bud.

  • danpowers

    it doesnt matter if he plays in durant’s or bron’s and melo’s shadow.

    (i wont get into weather he is better than melo or not – but either way it takes some time to surpass an established star’s popularity especially when that star plays in ny while george is a pacer)

    he is just a great player with upside who will make an impact anywhere he goes. basketball and fame-wise: going to the lakers would raise his stock, sure. but being seen as a bron or melo stopper on national tv could have the same effect during the next season(s). people shouldnt be worry about him at all

  • Lloyd

    No it’s not. That Indiana team has shown to be just that…a team. Paul George fits great with them and is the face of that franchise moving forward. This Indiana team has a better chance at a chip then a Kobe/PG combo. Looks like you’re focusing too much on the marketing side of being a superstar in a big market franchise.

  • pposse

    I agree Indiana is a great fit for Paul George. But which round will the Pacers play the Heat in? Chicago with a %100 D Rose has a legit shot at taking down the #1 seed in the East (last two years he played this is exactly what happened). IF this is the case, then most likely Indiana has to play Miami in the eastern conf. semis. If I’m Paul George i’d rather take my chances out west with a great franchise in the Lakers, who will spend a whole lot of money to win and hope to meet Miami in the NBA finals

  • pposse

    your right but realistically the Pacers are looking at playing Miami more often than not in the eastern conference semis. Chicago proved to be a great regular season team with D Rose – a team worthy of a #1 seed. As far as i see it at best Indiana gets that #3 seed, and BK being full of veterans will find a way to get the seeding which ultimately will have them matchup with the Heat in the eastern conference finals (provided that they get that far).

  • RayJr

    He can ask them not to match but I don’t see the Pacers not matching an offer. If he really doesn’t want to play in Indiana and wants to go to LA, then Indiana would probably do a sign and trade so they get something for him.

  • RayJr

    Your are about 10 years late on this joke.

  • Lloyd

    You’d have to play the Heat regardless, why does it matter what round it’s in? Like we agreed on, the Pacers are the best fit for PG right now and for the foreseeable future. He has a better shot at beating the Heat with them than he does with the Lakers.

    In the East, the only real threats to the Pacers are the Heat and the Bulls, two teams that the established Pacers match up well with. The rebuilding Lakers would have to go through the Grizzlies, Warriors, Thunder, Spurs, Rockets, and the Clippers. I’ll even take out the Spurs since we don’t know the state of their team after this season+age factor even if they do stay together, but that’s still 5 strong young teams that the Lakers would have to go through. I’d rather take my chances with a strong team in the East than a chance to play with an old Kobe in a deep West.

  • pposse

    it matters what round it is because you usually want to save your best for last, not two rounds before the finals. If say the Pacers beat the Heat in the second round in a tough series then have to play the bulls and win that series, one will wonder how much gas they are running on when in the finals.

    Not sure who agrees, but imo a healthy Heat, Bulls, Pacers squad are the cream of the crop and can beat any team out west. Look at it this way, Bosh nor Wade showed up consistently throughout the playoffs yet they won a championship while everyone but an old Ginobli showed up for the Spurs..despite Parker’s injury too, he played well in crucial moments. Duncan played at Duncan level, and all the role players stepped up big time for the Spurs yet they lost to a one man show pretty much.

    The Lakers will also have the money to spend for two max guys..more than likely it won’t just be Paul George going there..pair them with Kobe, potentially Pau and Nash, they will be a championship level team. Also take into consideration the shelf life of Roy Hibbert. Centers are going down these days, the game is way too fast. Who knows what type of player Roy Hibbert will be offensively in 3-4 years (the years in which PG will be in his prime). I’m a bulls fan and I hate to say it, but I’m genuinely concerned about Noah and his feet. I seen how hard he plays, and how much harder it is for a guy that size to run up and down the court…realistically i’m not putting too much stock in Noah’s game 3 years down the line. That foot injury he gots been nagging him for the past 2 years, don’t see how its going to get better. Same thing with NeNe he plays thru plantar for the past 4 yrs and considered retiring recently.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    it is still RELEVANT and hurts Lakers fans real or fake feelings especially KOBE DICKRIDING BUTTHURT GROUPIES FANS

  • Lloyd

    That doesn’t make any sense. A series is grueling no matter what. Both teams try their hardest no matter what. If you play the Heat in the first round or in the ECF, you’re still going to have to exert all your energy to beat whoever comes next.

    Regardless, if he goes out West, he’d have to exert more effort to beat better teams. The West is deeper which means the road to the finals would be harder, and it would be more difficult for him because the Lakers are in shambles right now and will be older by the time PG gets there.

    What’re you talking about? 1. That summary of the finals is inaccurate 2. You’re using the potential degradation of the Spurs as an argument when I dismissed them as a possible threat already. There’s still 5 other strong teams in the West that the Lakers won’t be beating anytime soon.

    You’re talking about the shelf life of Roy Hibbert while saying that Kobe, Pau, and Nash two years from now will be up to the physical challenges of chasing a ring? Pau will be 35, Kobe will be 38, and Nash (if he’s even still around which he probably won’t be) will be 41. There’s absolutely no future. For argument’s sake, say that Hibbert does go down, you have to replace one guy as opposed to an entire team in the case of the Lakers. The Pacers are established contenders right now. Why would he leave to a team that would be in the process of rebuilding with a core of guys that would be pushing 40?

    Why are you even bringing up Noah? If anything, that supports my argument that the road to a chip would be easier in the East which means he should stay with the Pacers. Not to mention they can offer him a better contract.

  • Basketball_iQ

    Is he a free agent or restricted bc if he’s free,,, he’s going home.

  • pposse

    The Miami Heat are a superior team. What I was saying about the Spurs was basically they were playing some of their best basketball of the season and still lost to a team who had two bonafide superstars look and play like role players. Just take a step back and imagine if Wade played anything like he did during the 27 game win streak for any stretch in the 2013 playoffs. The Heat would have dominated.

    Like i said, i don’t think any team out west has a shot against a healthy Heat, Pacers, Bulls team. No one is certain on what type of team the BK nets will be, they can potentially be a monster.

    The Lakers will have all the money in the world to retool next year. Only one contract on their books, and a whole ton of free agents as well as a so called deep nba draft in the summer of 2014. If the LA management plays it like smart businessmen, they can come back to being an upper echelon team real quick. Roy Hibbert has got to be the main reason PG stays in Indiana, that and “loyalty” as he says. Roy Hibbert is not replaceable.

  • Lloyd

    Regardless, PG most likely has to play the Heat anyway! East or West! In the West, he’d have to beat better teams on a more consistent basis to even get to the Heat though.

    You’re insane if youre underestimating the Warriors, Grizz, Rockets, Thunder, or Clips. Any of those teams can beat the Bulls or Pacers on any given day and can demolish the Lakers as is. BK is one injury away from possibly even dropping out of the top 4 in the East. However, the Pacers are the best shot for PG to beat any of these teams.

    The Lakers will still be rebuilding while the Pacers are already established with a core that plays great together on both ends of the floor. PG would be insane to leave them for the Lakeshow.

  • krow132

    oh okay, I must have missed the part about him being a restricted free agent. Well then yeah it wont matter, the Pacers would be crazy to let someone with that much upside go

  • OleOtis

    Poor choice bringing up something that serious. Not something to joke about.

  • OleOtis

    Whether or not Chicago can beat Miami or Indiana is very relevant. Those are the top 3 teams in the East. Indiana is 2nd best behind Miami when it comes to postseason play. Why would George leave the 2nd best team in the East to play for a team that will need to build chemistry? The Pacers already have it. They’re already built better for the postseason than the Bulls are. The regular season doesn’t mean much. They can win 60 games again, but they can’t get past Miami until they get another guy who can help Rose offensively especially late in games. The Pacers could have beaten Miami if they had a point guard in the Conference Finals. They’re ready now and don’t need to add anyone if they don’t want to. The Bulls are still one guy away.

  • OleOtis

    The Spurs would beat the Bulls. They nearly beat the Heat. The Heat are better than the Bulls and they needed 7 games, a few missed free throws, LeBron going wild in the 4th quarter of Game 6 and exploding in Game 7 and Ray Allen’s shot in Game 6 to win the series. SA would beat the Bulls in 6 games right now with everyone healthy. They’d probably go 7 again with Miami and they’d go 7 with Indiana most likely.

  • imanueldavid

    Restricted Free Agent. Never gonna happen. Pacers will match no doubt.

  • pposse

    as good as Duncan played in the finals i just dont see him having his way or nearly as much success against Noah and Hibbert (2 of the better big man defenders in the league/ paint protectors). I respect your opinion but just don’t see it; also don’t see Tony Parker getting his against a lot younger more athletic D Rose.

  • pposse

    The regular season has a lot of meaning in the East. Whichever team gets the 1st seed is in the best position. IF you are saying the east is a 3 team horse race…then whichever out of those three CHI, IND, MIami who have the first seed will only have to play one of the other teams. For example if Chicago gets the first seed, then Miami and IND go against each other and then have to play Chicago.

  • jay

    so youre a troll? cool story brah

  • jay

    Pacers looked good but west is getting older and hes the heart of the team.

  • Lloyd

    West is younger than the Lakers’ core and is still playing at a high level.

  • jay

    I think you are missing the point. Next year this time, the lakers wont have a “core”. EVERYONE will be new. They will have $57 million (most in the nba) to shop. They are going for young talent. Only kobe and nash will be back and Nash will either retire or be a bench player by then.

  • OleOtis

    Rose isn’t exactly known for being a defensive stopper. Neither is Parker. So those two would basically cancel each other out. Rose is younger and more athletic, but Parker is still pretty fast and quick. Derrick can’t carry the Bulls past the Spurs by himself which he would have to in crunch time since he’s the only player who can create off the dribble on that team. And after trying to score so much and having to chase Parker through all of those screens, there’s no way Rose would be physically fit enough to do what he would need to do in the 4th quarter. The Spurs offensive sets run circles around the Bulls sets because they have more reliable options. Popovich does better with adjustments than Thibs does on offense. And until Duncan shows that he’s done and can’t still go for 20 and 10 when his team needs it, I’ll believe he can score on both Noah and Hibbert.

  • OleOtis

    When it comes to seeding, yes, the regular season matters. The East is a 4 team race depending on how well the Nets play together. The Bulls will have the toughest time out of those 4 teams because of their lack of scoring. So they need that 1 seed more than any of those other teams. Against Indiana, he’ll have George on the perimeter guarding him late in games or when he embarrasses George Hill and he’ll have Hibbert and West waiting on him at the rim. Against Miami, he’ll have LeBron on the perimeter and Birdman (when he’s in the game) waiting at the rim. Against Brooklyn, he’ll have Garnett and Lopez at the rim. So the Bulls better get that 1 seed so that they can avoid any tough matchups until the Conference Finals like they did in 2011. And if they get that far, they better hope that Jimmy Butler turns into Scottie Pippen so that they can get to the Finals.

  • Pingback: SLAM ONLINE | » Larry Bird Says Pacers to Match Any Offer for Paul George

  • Lloyd

    Regardless that would be a brand new team. Too many things can go not right. The Pacers are tried and tested. Still a better option.

  • jay

    tried and tested? what did they win again?

  • Lloyd

    You have to win a championship to be tried and tested? They finished top 3 in the East and are one of the few teams that can compete with the back to back defending champions. They’re solid as a team and PG can know what to expect from them.

  • jay

    I agree that they are solid. But not tested. Lakers will have a better team than the Pacers in 2015. Watch.

  • Lloyd

    They’ve been tested as a team. They took the Miami Heat, a team that dominates most teams in the league, to the limit back to back two years in consecutive playoffs proving that it’s not a fluke. They have the best shot in the East to beat them. I don’t know what you expect from them to say that they haven’t been tested as a team.

    You’re basing that on the Lakers having money. There’s no guarentee about that, and even if they do manage to put an all star line up together, that wouldn’t mean they would be good (refer to this past season). The Pacers now have a formula and are going to stick by it to the best of their ability. The Lakers will just try to load up on talent and hope it works.

  • Ryan Seavey

    The white girl had no problem saying no to Kobe… He just wouldn’t take no for an answer……

    I’m actually not a Kobe hater at all, I just had to

Advertisement