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Paul George asked to participate in dunk contest, three-point shootout and skills challenge over All-Star weekend

Jan 18, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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The Pacers have been the best team in the league over the first half of the season, and have the best record to show for it. They’ve consistently played at an elite level, and Paul George has been the team’s best player during that stretch.

It makes sense, then, that the league would like to give some extra shine to George and the Pacers during its All-Star weekend festivities. As a result, George has reportedly been invited to take part in any or all of the exhibitions that take place on All-Star Saturday night.

From Scott Agness of Pacers.com:

Paul George was asked to take part in the slam dunk, 3pt, skills challenge at All-Stars. Hasn’t declined, but rather enjoy the weekend.

Though the chances are slim, George said he’ll consider competing in an event, and he plans to decide in the next few days.

Obviously, George won’t do all three, and if the league gets him for even one, it’ll be a huge boost to the event that he chooses.

The Pacers have made it clear that they are out to get the number one overall playoff seed after losing a Game 7 on the road in the Eastern Conference Finals last year. All-Star weekend is often a time for players to rest and recharge, and with George already a lock to play in the main event that Sunday night, anything he chooses to participate in on Saturday would simply be an added bonus.

  1. capspats - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    At first I thought Paul George asked to participate

  2. p31squared - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    He’s fun to watch. In fact, that whole team is fun to watch. Wow.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      DeMarcus Cousins wants to be in the skills challenge lol. I’d love to see him in it. Dudes a PG in a C body.

  3. money2long - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    i say, if you can participate in all those events, plus the all star game, do it. show off. you only live once. this would be cool to say.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:33 AM

      I co-sign this here sentiment^

  4. chicagosports2014 - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:45 AM

    He will be tired during the Playoffs.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    Etch your name in the history books PG! If you do this I will be rooting for you to get the quadruple-crown.

    Not bad for some dude out of Fresno St. that didn’t have much hype and was considered a stretch at #10.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      He declined.

  6. pacers24 - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    If anything he will do the 3 pt shoot out. I asked him last yr if he was ever going to do the dunk contest and he told me no he’s done with it. Granted, he could always have a change of heart now that he is a legit superstar, but it’s highly unlikely. Also, he is changing his number to 13 in the off season.

    PG-13 taking over the league

  7. pacers24 - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    ^^obviously that should have read “ever going to do the dunk contest again…”

    also where is the post about that dunk heard round the league from last night?!

    we get a david west ejection video but no PG 360 slam one? cmon PBT!!

    • Kevin S. - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:57 AM

      If he was going to do the dunk contest, he should have kept that one hidden in the bag of tricks.

      My understanding about ASW was that the dunk contest was the only event players could decline to participate in. Maybe the league wouldn’t force PG to d both the skills challenge and the shootout, but I would think he’d have to do at least one.

  8. cruzan80 - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    At the rate he’s going, this kid will be the best player in the league within the next 3 years….maybe even less.

    • therealhtj - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Lebron may start to decline while PG’s still peaking, but he won’t likely surpass Durant who’s only 2 years older before some young gun comes along and knocks both of them off.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      No, he’s not improving at a fast enough rate. He’s already 23 and he’s not even as good as KD when he was 23, much less LeBron, who was already the best player in the league at age 23.

      • cruzan80 - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        “He’s already 23.” Really??? Already 23? Well that leaves him only about 10 more years of basketball so even try right? The guy is ONLY 23 years old & only in his 4th season. Not a fast enough rate???

        7.8 PPG 3.7 REB
        12.1 PPG 5.6 REB
        17.4 PPG 7.6 REB
        23.2 PPG 6.3 REB

        He’s increased his PPG by 15 points since his rookie season & doubled his rebounds. He’s a solid defender & very efficient on offense. And remember, unlike Durant & LBJ he wasn’t drafted to come in & lead a team. He really only got his opportunity to do so last season.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Well in this context, 23 is already kind of late, my man. He’s behind the curve. He should already be better than he is – or, I should say, he should be better if we were going to project him to become the best player in the league any time soon (or ever).

        And remember, unlike Durant & LBJ he wasn’t drafted to come in & lead a team.

        There’s a reason for that. It’s the same reason why he only has a 22.8 PER at age 23. That’s below the level of Wade, Kobe, Durant, Duncan, Garnett, Nowitzki, Howard, etc at the same age and not anywhere close to LeBron, Chris Paul, McGrady or Jordan at that age.

  9. jadaruler - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    I guess Durant and Lebron are retiring in 3 years. Don’t give him the crown until he earns it.

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