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Paul George tries to quell talk of feuds within Pacers locker room

May 7, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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It doesn’t exactly take a PhD. in analytic chemistry to see the that Pacers are having chemistry issues on the court.

As fans we like simple, clean answers to things — it’s Lance Stephenson’s fault, it was trading Danny Granger, it’s all on Frank Vogel, it’s Andrew Bynum, etc. — when the reality is it is a little bit of a lot of things. Life is a complex dish. Those little things have formed a perfect storm of an issue.

One Paul George is tired of talking about. He wants you to know that he and his fellow Pacers are still tight. So first he took to Instagram Tuesday night.

Caption: These rumors have got to stop! Its gettin old now and all you that believe them are ignorant! #Brothers

I get what Paul George is going for here, but “gone fishing” has a different connotation in the playoffs. Not sure that is what he was going for here.

George echoed some of those same things at shootaround before Game 2 against the Wizards on Wednesday night, as reported by Brian Windhorst at ESPN.

“I’m just getting tired of the media and these stories,” he said. “I’m just putting everything to bed and to rest.”

George Hill chimed in, too.

“You guys keep making up stories,” Hill said. “We’re just trying to focus and letting Roy know through all this BS that is going on, the rumors and everything like that, that we’re all brothers. This locker room is a tight group and we’re going to continue to be there for each other even when people are trying to break it apart.”

The Pacers are going with the “us against the world” motivation — which is fine if it works. At this point they should do anything that works.

I don’t think the question should be “do they like each other?” I imagine many of them do still get along and will hang out fishing this summer.

The real question is “can they get back to playing together as a unit?”

Watching the way they do not trust each other on the court, the way they don’t move off the ball, the way they are afraid to give up the rock for fear of never getting it back, I’m not sure they can, I’m not sure anything will work. At least not well enough, fast enough to salvage this season.

Or very possibly even this series against the Wizards.

  1. Andee - May 7, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    The REAL question is what in the blue hell is going on with Roy Hibbert. Those stat lines are alarming to say the least.

  2. bballhistorian - May 7, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Growing pains…

  3. cbking05 - May 7, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Beal the Steal is the reason Pacers are done

  4. saint1997 - May 7, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Do you think they’re referring to that rumour about PG sleeping with Hibbert’s wife? That one has gained some traction and was reportedly the reason for the Evan Turner – Lance Stephenson feud

    • au1978 - May 7, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      Why would Turner and Stephenson fight over that?

      • savvybynature - May 7, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Rumor is everyone was dogging on Lance when the team was struggling and he said “Why don’t y’all get on Paul, he’s the one who f****d Roy’s b***h.” Then Turner got mad at him for saying that in front of everyone and a fight ensued.
        No idea if it’s true or not (I’m thinking not), but that’s the rumor.

    • genericcommenter - May 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Do you read a lot of Media Takeout?

      • saint1997 - May 9, 2014 at 1:41 AM

        generally just Daily Mail

  5. antistratfordian - May 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Aren’t you supposed to wait until after the playoffs to go fishing? If you have free time you should probably be in the gym or the film room or the weight room.

    • ranfan12 - May 7, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      fishing relieves the stress and offers a calm that gym, watching film, or weights cant offer

      • antistratfordian - May 7, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        shooting in a gym is the ultimate stress reliever for most players.

        but, hey, these guys are fortunate to like fishing so much…

  6. hoosiercolts - May 7, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Paul has a house right on Geist Reservoir.

  7. 00millerfortune - May 7, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    No wonder they’ve checked out, they’ve already gon’ fishing!

    Barkley and crew should use THIS exact picture when doing their segment once Washington handles them promptly. Just in time for the Lady GAGA concert lol!!

  8. blueintown - May 7, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Roy’s stat line the last two days:

    Rebounds – 0
    Points – 0
    Fish – 1

  9. cfos00 - May 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    He seems confused on why everyone else on the team can’t get over him banging a teammate’s wife as quickly as he did…

    • tashab03 - May 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      First, hibbert is NOT married. Second, hibbert himself said that rumor is a lie. Third, stop acting like a high school girl….

  10. breesus09 - May 7, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Delonte West thinks Paul George is a bad teammate

    • zacksdad - May 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Yes, because it is ok to sleep with a teammates mom but not his woman.

  11. packergator - May 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    The Pacers on a fishing trip? TNT is furious.

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