Paul George Says Indiana Pacers ‘Should Win a Championship’

The Indiana Pacers continue to load up this summer, and Paul George’s confidence in his squad continues to grow. PG says that the Pacers are positioned to dethrone the Miami Heat and win an NBA title. Per HoopsWorld: “This year, despite the fact that the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat are once again the overwhelming favorites to win it all again next season, George believes the time is now for Indiana to take their turn at winning a ring. ‘We’re positioned really well,’ George sayd. ‘The only thing we really needed was the experience, and with everyone coming back together again, there’s no doubt in mind that we should win a championship.’ In this case, ‘everyone’ fortunately includes David West, whom the team re-signed this offseason to a three-year, $36 million contract. With him, the Pacers are one of the toughest teams in the NBA, and everybody on the Indiana roster knows that. Without him, it’s hard to imagine this team making their way back to the Conference Finals. Everybody on the Indiana roster knows that, too. ‘It shows how important the front office thought it was to get our whole starting five back together,’ George said. ‘It was a great experience for us to learn to play without Danny (Granger), but now with Danny coming back, he’s obviously proven to be an All-Star, a 20-points-per-game player who can play multiple positions and defend multiple positions. We’ve really got a lot going on right now, and I think our whole team mindset is solely on winning a championship this year.’ Granger’s return is equal parts enthralling and frightening for Pacers fans, some of whom are eagerly anticipating what those extra points will do for Indy’s often-stagnant offense, and others who already are worrying that Granger’s return will stunt George’s growth. George, however, doesn’t seem particularly concerned. ‘Even my second year in the league and my rookie year, we were still able to play off one another,’ George said. ‘I didn’t have as big of a role as I do now, but we still did a good job playing off one another.'”