Paul George is one of the best players in NBA. The Indiana Pacers chose him in the first round in the 2010 NBA draft. His game has improved by leaps and bounds. However, seven seasons playing for the Indiana team was enough to make George ask for a trade. His request was granted and he was sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder before the start of this season. He will now play in Indiana for the first time since he was traded. His return to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse is sure to be an emotional one for George and the fans that once cheered for him. He will now be wearing the colors of the enemy. It is for that reason that George believes he will be booed when he walks onto the court. It remains to be seen if that will be the case.
Paul George’s return to Indiana has been talked about ever since his trade to Oklahoma City was announced. It is no surprise that the game has been sold out for months. Tickets are going for high prices on the secondary market. Some people believe that George will be cheered during the introductions at the start of the game. However, it is expected that he will be booed once the game gets underway. Pacer fans are usually fairly respectful to former players who come back to Indiana for the first time. They will most likely give George the respect he deserves for being a great player for so long.
Oklahoma City Forward and former Pacers star, Paul George, will be making his first return to Indianapolis since he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the offseason. Despite the fact that he was traded, George is not expecting a warm welcome from his former hometown fans due to his acrimonious split with the team.
Halfway through last season, George informed the team that he didn’t plan to remain with them for the rest of his career. Disappointed, the team began to shop him around to other teams in a possible trade scenario. George publicly asking to be traded diminished his value on the trade market because opposing franchises knew that the Pacers had to get rid of him, leading to a deal with Oklahoma City that many experts thought was well below market value for the Pacers.
George spent seven seasons in Indiana, leading the team to two Eastern Conference Finals. He averaged 18.2 points a game along with just over six rebounds and three assists per game during his time as a Pacer. He is certainly the most successful player to wear that uniform since Reggie Miller. George was one of the most popular players in the history of the franchise.
Despite his popularity and success with the team, George and his Thunder teammates do not expect a warm welcome when they take the court in Indianapolis on Wednesday. The Pacers fanbase is loyal to their team and the fans will be sure to let number 13 know that he is no longer welcome. It will interesting to see how both teams perform in this homecoming for the four-time All-Star.