Paul George rumors finally bring good news to Indiana Pacers fans. George just revealed he will play for the Pacers when the team takes on the Miami Heat Sunday (April 5). This is a big deal for the team since it gives the Pacers a huge weapon as the 2015 NBA Playoffs approach. As reported by Yahoo! Sports, it had been projected that George would miss the entire 2014-15 NBA season. Instead, he is going to finally make his return from a broken leg with six games left on the schedule.
It was previously revealed on the Inquisitr that George had broken his leg during a Team USA summer scrimmage game. The injury was a pretty gruesome one, and it just about derailed the entire season for the Pacers. The team has had a really tough time staying in the race for the postseason without its star player and it was starting to look like the franchise would have to start looking ahead to the 2015-16 NBA season.
Paul George has always had a big presence on social media, and he used the platform to make a very simple announcement of his own.
— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) April 4, 2015
The nickname “Trece” refers to the Spanish number 13, which George plans to wear when he returns from injury. It was noted by NBA.com back in August of 2014 that he would be making the official shift from No. 24 on his jersey. It was then that he started calling himself “Young Trece” as a way to provide motivation in his return to the court. He spoke about it at the time and went into detail about the decision.
“I was just superstitious about changing my number, being with 24 for as long as I can remember. It’s always been one of my favorite numbers, and being a big Kobe (Bryant) fan growing up had a little to do with it. Two years ago I applied to change my number, then we had some bonehead kid (Plumlee) come in and take 13.
“Then when I had the opportunity to do so again, we jumped on it. The whole thing behind PG-13 is about coming into my own. I feel I’m at that stage where I’m ready to embrace everything that comes with being one of the young stars in this league. The whole thing is being able to enjoy the show and being fun to watch.”
The Indiana Pacers still have a lot of work to do in order to make the 2015 NBA Playoffs, and it includes a must-win game against the Miami Heat on Sunday. Miami has a 34-41 and holds the No. 8 playoff seed in the East while Indiana is 1 1/2 games back at 33-43 overall. The return of Paul George will be helpful in this battle, but the entire roster is going to have to come up big if the team is going to make it into the postseason.
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