Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird revealed plenty in his July press conference, mostly that he’d like the Pacers to score 6 or 8 more points a game. To do it, he’ll go smaller — following the success of other fast scoring teams, notably the Warriors. That’s why Roy Hibbert isn’t in Indiana anymore — and why Bird says a returning Paul George will play power forward. He’ll play it and love it, says Bird. He did it in his career. You know who else does it, according to Bird. Guy named LeBron James. “LeBron does it all the time,” Bird said. That should hit home for George, who said recently he’s gunning for league MVP.
George has balked a little at the 4-spot, but he’ll come around, Bird assured. “I just think offensively it’s going to be one of the greatest feelings he’s ever gonna have,” said Bird. “I’m not going to get in a battle with Paul George on where he wants to play. He’s a basketball player. He can play anywhere you put him out there.”