With his emergence last season, Paul George has made it clear he wants to be the leader of the Indiana Pacers. Some players on the team the past few years may have been considered the leaders, like Danny Granger, David West and even Roy Hibbert. Well, according to Hibbert on Twitter, he is fine with George taking charge of the young team:
@Paul_George24 wants to take the lead. I’m cool with that. We both been working. He knows I got his back. I’m gonna hold this defense down.Advertisement
— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) August 26, 2013
It’s good to see this. No relationship affected, no hard feelings, all is well. George certainly deserves to be the leader of this team no matter who is on it after last season, especially the playoffs. George showed he’s not just some young kid that can’t hang with the big dogs anymore. He showed he can really compete against the best out there.
Granger has also said in the past he understands this is George’s team now. Granger has had to carry the team through the season and into the playoffs for many years, but with the team Indy has now, Granger is just a piece of a very talented puzzle.
It will be interesting to see how this team plays next season with Granger back. George will be moving down to shooting guard as Granger’s position is small forward, where George played last season. I don’t see this as a bad thing because now that George has a great skill set and experience, he can take advantage of his smaller opponents at the shooting guard position.
Indiana has a real shot at representing the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. Let’s see if Paul George can take the team to their final destination as its leader.