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Paul George glad Pacers aren’t wasting his prime

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Indiana Pacers star Paul George is happy about the roster moves made this summer by team President Larry Bird, and after a year back from a serious leg injury, he says he’s ready to resume his leadership role on the team.

After watching the team acquire Jeff TeagueAl Jefferson and Thaddeus Young to the roster, and promoting Nate McMillan to head coach, George told the IndyStar that the team is not wasting his prime years.

I’m glad he’s not letting me waste years. I think Larry and (the rest of the front office) have expressed how bad they want to get back to (the Eastern Conference finals) by these moves this offseason. I’m looking forward to getting us back there. He’s putting talent around me to help me get to what we all want to get accomplish, and that’s a championship.

I’ve been molded all the way up to this point with having great veterans and great guys around me. Now, it’s my solo opportunity of really being the leader and really being the locker room voice. I’m really looking forward to it; this is my chance and I’m going to make the heck out of it. […] Like I always say, it’s on me now.

Being the teams superstar player, George knows he has to be great for the team to succeed and he’s ready for it. He has to put together his best performances and locker room lessons for the new looking Pacers to climb the eastern conference once again. Being the last man standing from the last time the Pacers were a top seed in the east, he has little doubt he can do it.

I think I’m still young,. I can carry a team, I feel.

As George prepares to help lead the US team to another gold medal in Rio, he’s getting plenty of encouragement from his Olympic teammates and coach Mike Krzyzewski, who all see the same greatness ready to break out.

Draymond Green also told the Indy Star that George looks prime for the day to lead a full fledged leader.

I think he’s already become that guy. Just because you have other talent on your team doesn’t mean you’re not a superstar. I think he’s been that.

George has already reached out to Teague in what he calls setting the tone from day one to get acquainted early, and coming off of what should be a grand victory in the Olympic games. George will be more motivated than ever.

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