Paul George doesn’t necessarily mind Pacers fans booing—”it’s a Hoosier thing”—but argues that their animosity is misplaced.
George led the visiting LA Clippers with a game-high 36 points in their 110-99 road victory Monday night, and hinted that he has quite a story to tell (someday) about why he left Indiana via trade in the summer of 2017.
PG added that the hostility fueled his play.
Per The Indy Star:
“You know what, someday, I’ll do a tell-all, and I’ll tell the leading events of how I left Indiana,” George said. “And I promise you, I’m not the one to boo. I like being the villain. I’m here (one) night out of the year. The people they should boo are here a lot longer than I am.”
George, who’s won four of the five games he’s played against the Pacers since the 2017-18 season, took the game into his own hands early on, taking five of Los Angeles’ first eight shots in what was a woeful first 12 minutes of shooting from both teams.
“(The booing) brings incentive when moments are dead. It brings energy when moments are dead. It brings aggression when moments are light, and I feed off it,” said George, who scored just two points in the fourth quarter with the game all-but clinched until the Pacers pulled within seven points with under two minutes to go.
“It’s fun. It makes the game that much more fun to compete. They got tired of booing. The fourth quarter came around, and I cooled off ‘cause I didn’t hear anymore boos.”