Paul George takes cold-blooded shot at ex-Pacers coach Jim O’Brien

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Paul George had some time on his hands Saturday and decided to host a 10-question Q&A on his Twitter account where he answered questions from some fans.

George answered fun questions such as who his favorite players were growing up, what his favorite movie is, and his celebrity crush. But the best answer of all came when he was asked for his best memory as a rookie, which was back in the 2010-2011 season.

Ouch. That was way harsh.

Jim O’Brien was the Pacers’ coach from 2007-2011 and was fired midway through George’s rookie season. The Pacers were 17-27 under O’Brien, but went 20-18 under new coach Frank Vogel. They’ve had tremendous success in the three full seasons since Vogel became head coach.

Maybe George intended it as a shot, maybe he didn’t, but to call a coach getting fired a highlight of your rookie season is pretty cold-blooded.

Below are some of the other answers he gave during his Q&A. They’re pretty interesting.

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Paul George may have taken a shot at LeBron James with Gatorade picture


We hope Paul George was simply executing an advertisement for Gatorade when he posted a photo of himself chugging the world’s most popular sports drink on Instagram Monday night. He couldn’t have been taking a shot at LeBron James, right?

“Stay hydrated!!!” George wrote. “#Gatorade.”

As you know, plenty of Gatorade jokes have floating around since LeBron left the court in Game 1 with severe cramping. However, George is the last person who should be getting in on the fun. His Indiana Pacers were eliminated in six games by the Heat.

We have to admit it was pretty funny that LeBron actually was drinking Gatorade before he cramped up. Still, that wouldn’t be a good look for George. We’ll just assume it was a coincidence.

Ex-stripper Daniela Rajic hits Paul George with paternity suit

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Former stripper Daniela Rajic filed a paternity suit against Paul George on Wednesday claiming that the Indiana Pacers baller is the father of a child to whom she gave birth on May 1, Page Six reports.

If this story sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a follow-up to an item that became public in February. You may recall that George addressed the rumor by saying that if it turned out that he was the father of the child, he would step up and handle business.

Now it looks like Rajic is trying to force his hand.

The New York Post’s Page Six says Rajic filed the suit in Manhattan Family Court. She and George met in Miami and dated last summer while she was supposedly working as a stripper at Tootsie’s Cabaret. Rajic has moved back to New York to be with her family while she raises her newborn daughter.

[Related: Paul George allegedly catfished, sent nude pictures to gay man]

As previously explained in an LBS post, George was dating Doc Rivers’ daughter, Callie, earlier this year. I’m sure this whole thing made for some uncomfortable conversations between them.

Whatever is going with George off the court didn’t seem to bother him in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat. He scored 37 points on 15-of-28 shooting and had six steals and six assists. He really took over late in the game, proving that he was pretty focused and mentally strong.

Here’s a photo Rajic posted to Instagram when she was pregnant:

Daniela Rajic

At least George has good taste.

H/T Black Sports Online

Paul George: Heat got some ‘home cooking,’ we outplayed them

Paul-George-PacersPaul George feels that the officiating crew cost the Indiana Pacers Game 4 against the Miami Heat. After his team’s 102-90 loss, George pointed out that the Heat shot twice as many free throws as the Pacers. He thought that had more to do with “home cooking” than LeBron James and company being more aggressive than Indiana.

“You can’t tell me we don’t attack the basket as much as they attack the basket,” George told reporters, via SI.com’s Point Forward. “You can’t tell me we’re not aggressive. Maybe we’re too aggressive. We’re just as aggressive as they are attacking the basket and making plays at the rim. Maybe this was just home cooking.”

The Heat attempted 34 free throws and made 30 of them, which was a season high. The Pacers were 11-of-17 from the line. Some would argue that a team that shoots 88% from the line deserves to win when its opponent knocks down just 65%, but George felt that the Pacers outplayed the Heat.

“Looking at the stat sheet we outplayed them,” he said. “You have to give them credit, they won this game at the free throw line. They really just were able to get to the line more than we were. I thought we outplayed them tonight.

“It’s just demoralizing when a game is lopsided. I’m sorry to say, but that was the case, again. How rare is it we shoot 50 percent, turn the ball over around 13 or so times, out-rebound a team and lose a ball game? … They made 30 free throws. That put them over the edge.”

Was it the amount of free throws the Heat attempted that put them over the edge, or the amount they converted? Probably a little bit of both. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said the exact opposite of George, telling reporters that Miami outplayed Indiana.

“We got outplayed by the Heat,” Vogel said. “They’re the best offensive team in the NBA. That’s the biggest reason [we've struggled defensively]. They’re got great weapons. They’re very difficult to guard.”

Vogel should know. He tried to yell at a Heat player who was shooting a 3-pointer, and even that didn’t work. The Pacers are not in a good spot heading into Game 5.

Heat fans make fun of Paul George with catfish selfies


The Miami Heat may be known for having the worst bandwagon fans in sports, but a few of them actually came up with a pretty clever bit on Monday night. During the Heat’s Game 4 win over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, some Miami fans made fun of Paul George and his catfish debacle from back in March.

As many of you know, George was allegedly tricked into sending nude photos to a gay man who has catfished other athletes and celebrities like Kenyon Martin and Lil Romeo. George scored 23 points in the loss, so it doesn’t seem like the signs distracted him. That doesn’t make them any less hilarious.

Photo via @BlkEricForman
H/T Black Sports Online

Paul George on Lance Stephenson trash talking LeBron: He’s barking up the wrong tree

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Lance Stephenson may be doing his thing by talking trash to LeBron James, but Paul George doesn’t think it’s the best idea to try getting inside the head of the best player in the world.

In fact, George thinks the trash talking could backfire.

“He’s doing it to the wrong guy. He’s barking up the wrong tree,” George said Monday morning via the Indianapolis Star’s Candace Buckner. “LeBron is the same way, he feeds off that kind of energy.”

Stephenson said Sunday that he felt he was getting inside LeBron’s head because James was engaging in trash talk with him during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. The Heat won that game by 12 and James had 26 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. That hardly seems to show that James was affected by Stephenson.

Trash talking may inspire confidence in Stephenson and help him play better, but it could hurt the rest of the team because they have to try guarding an angry and motivated James. It probably is a bad idea for the Pacers as a whole if Stephenson talks trash.

Paul George says he ‘blacked out’ after collision with Dwyane Wade (Video)

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George took a knee to the head from Dwyane Wade during his team’s Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Wade lost control of his handle early in the fourth quarter and George got a hand on it, which sent both players scrambling for the loose ball. Wade inadvertently kneed George in the head in the process.

George remained facedown on the court for a short period of time and the Pacers called a timeout. Indiana fans breathed a sigh of relief when their two-time All Star remained in the game, but George later made some disturbing comments about the injury.


“I blacked out as soon as it happened and then … however much time was remaining, I was just blurry,” George said, via SI.com’s Point Forward. “The trainers will look at it and see what [symptoms] are going to be from that. We’re just going to go day to day with it, I guess.”

Technically, the trainers should have looked at it before allowing George to remain in the game. The symptoms he described (blacking out and blurred vision) sure sound like a concussion, but Pacers.com writer Scott Agness was told George answered all of the necessary questions on the bench before staying on the floor.

Per league rules, George must be symptom-free for 24 hours before he can play again. The league will likely monitor the situation closely because of his postgame comments. Then again, this is the NBA. It’s all about the product.