Insider: 5 questions for the Pacers entering training camp
Come all ye curious, skeptical and questioning. On Monday, the Indiana Pacers will open the doors of Bankers Life Fieldhouse for media day. So anyone packing a press pass and a notebook of questions (good, bad or silly) can quiz the new-look Pacers before the team opens training camp.
Here are five big questions needing to be answered on media day:
1. If Paul George starts at power forward, isn't that wasting the talent of one of the most elite defensive wing players?
Entering training camp, Paul George said he's no longer the same player; he's a better version. After missing all but six games last year while rehabilitating his broken leg, George has trained in Indianapolis and Los Angeles to prepare for his sixth NBA season – as well as the new role of slender 6-9 power forward.
On Thursday, Pacers coach Frank Vogel shared his idea of a starting lineup that included George at that position. Later that same day, George revealed his honest thoughts about the move: not thrilled about it but willing to try.
Let's concede that, after a full year removed from the injury, George still possesses all of his speed and athleticism and, therefore, should become a matchup nightmare for bigger, slower guys trying to defend him. However, there's the other end that raises concern.
Wouldn't George be better placed defending the best perimeter opponents, as he has in the past, than getting backed down in the post? After all, George earned All-NBA Defensive first-team honors in 2014 for his ability to not only slow quick point guards such as John Wall and Jeff Teague but also play big-boy basketball with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
是否讓George像過去一樣去防守對方最好的外圍球員，要比起讓他在低位硬碰硬要來得好？畢竟George曾在2014年因為他那不僅能防守快速的控球後衛像John Wall和Jeff Teague，也能防守壯碩的球員像LeBron James和Carmelo Anthony的能力而獲得NBA防守第一隊的殊榮。
Team President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird has previously promoted the move to power forward for George as a way to save him from defending 3s all game. Bird switched positions later in his career, which he "loved" because it opened up offensive opportunities. Even so, George, 25, doesn't believe he needs to follow Bird's footsteps – just now.