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Paul George reaches out to French gymnast, leads USA in scoring against Venezuela

Paul George has played well in Team USA’s first two Olympic contests, averaging 17.5 points in games against China and Venezuela, and he’s also been trying to reach out to French gymnast Samir Ait Said, who broke his leg while competing in the vault.

“At some point, I am going to go over and have a chat with him, sit down with him,” said George, who also mentioned that tentative plans fell through for a visit on Monday. “Try to be an inspiration to him. I know what it’s like going through it. Hopefully the advice I give can be useful.”

George certainly feels for a fellow athlete that suffered a similar injury to his own devastating setback.

“I know it is tough as an Olympic gymnast, “said George. “Their window is just as small as ours. He’s probably been training his whole life for this. I’ll be in his corner.”

Meanwhile on the court, George is flourishing in his role off the bench in his first Olympic experience. He led USA in scoring against Venezuela with 20 points and only needed 7 shots to get to that point.

He’s played point guard for stretches and as a small-ball four (which never happened with the Pacers last year). Coach K has utilized George as his Swiss-Army Knife, and George has taken the few opportunities that come his way on offense and capitalized on them.

He had the highlight of the game against Venezuela with a slam dunk.

Off the court, Paul George has never been seen without wearing his Pacers hat while in Brazil.

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Coach K: Paul George is “playing the best basketball of his life”

Team USA easily won their exhibition contest against Argentina tonight with a final score of 111-74. Kevin Durant led the team in scoring with 23 points, while the Pacers Paul George added 18 points on 7 for 11 shooting with 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals.

Coach K has been very impressed with George’s performance through the process.

“I think he’s playing the best basketball of his life right now,” Coach K said after the exhibition.ย  Continue reading Coach K: Paul George is “playing the best basketball of his life”

Paul George will still be PG-13 with USA Basketball

USA Basketball officially announced its roster for the 2016 Rio Olympics early this morning. Here’s a look at the 12-man roster that includes Indiana Pacers star Paul George:

They’ve also reassigned each player a number from 1-15 per tradition of USA Basketball (also might be a rule of Olympics for all teams). So, what number did Paul George, who was wearing 29 when working out with Olympic team in the past, pick or get assigned? 13 of course, and the jerseys are ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ (fire for those of you without emojis).ย  Continue reading Paul George will still be PG-13 with USA Basketball