Roy Hibbert Says Paul George Can Surpass Reggie Miller’s Pacers Legacy

by November 11, 2013

Having led the Indiana Pacers to 7-0, the best start in franchise history, Paul George is putting together very fine season. Looking further down the road, Roy Hibbert — who calls his teammate the MVP favorite — thinks George’s career in Indy will someday be considered better than that of Pacers legend Reggie Miller. Per SI: “Last June, George sat on the Pacers bench steaming, the full effects of a 99-76 loss to Miami in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals washing over him. George hated losing, but he hated how Indiana lost most of all. ‘I was tired,’ George said. ‘I didn’t have the energy, I wasn’t able to push through. I didn’t want that feeling again.’ In the locker room after the game, George’s voice pierced the silence. Be happy with what we accomplished, George said. But don’t be satisfied. ‘I wanted them to come back with the mindset that we do have something special here,’ George said. ‘I really wanted us to work.’ […] Four days per week, George ran through the steep Southern California hills, the memory of Game 7 pushing him an extra day, an extra mile. He honed his ball handling and diversified his offensive repertoire. After shooting 41.9 percent last season, George is up to 46.7 percent this season. After being named the NBA’s Most Improved Player, George has the look of an MVP candidate. ‘He’s one of the most complete players in the game,’ head coach Frank Vogel said. Added Roy Hibbert, ‘Reggie [Miller] is the man in terms of Pacers legacy. I can see [George] surpassing him. He won’t say it, but I will. He’s aspiring to be great.'”