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Paul George says his favorite rookie memory was when his coach got fired

Jul 26, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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The Pacers got off to a dismal start in 2010-11, winning just 17 of their first 44 games under head coach Jim O’Brien before Frank Vogel took over as a midseason replacement.

With Vogel in place, the team finished 20-18 over its last 38 games, an improbable run that landed the Pacers in the playoffs.

All this went down during Paul George‘s rookie season, and not surprisingly, he was much happier once Vogel took over and he was inserted into the starting lineup for the remainder of the year, which included five postseason games.

Somewhat ironically, George’s minutes per game were fairly similar under Vogel, but players believe a certain amount of cachet is attached to being one of the starters, and there may have been other reasons that George was less than thrilled with playing under O’Brien’s unsuccessful reign.

No matter the reason for George’s stance, we’re appreciative of what’s obviously a very real response. More and more players are beginning to speak their minds (at least now, in the middle of the offseason), and it only increases the overall entertainment value of the league, while revealing the competitive personalities of its players at the very same time.

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  1. zackd2 - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Best memory if this season – Lance blowing in Lebron’s ear or Hibbert getting 0 points or 0 rebounds?

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      Hooking up with Hibberts lady and ruining him 4 the playoffs. @Paul-George24

      • bball242322 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        LOL so ignorant. You guys are clowns who actually believe that. So sad. I pity you guys

  2. 88heatnation - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Some things you just don’t say.. boy oh boy.

    • rodyaugu - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Unless you’re Paul George.

    • bball242322 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      How is this bad to say? I thought his response was fine….

  3. bhunter1995 - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    I’m sure a lot of players share his sentiment albeit in different situations on different teams and in different stages in their respective careers. As fans we have no idea how things go down behind the scenes and some coaches treat certain players unfairly or with bias, or they just do a terrible job as a HC. I respect George’s answer because it’s a refreshing dose of reality among the sea of PR oriented answers, so I thank him for the candid response. Also, it’s not like O’Brien is still with the team, in fact he isn’t even in the league right now so he isn’t saying anything that will ruffle any feathers or interfere with his team’s chemistry so it is a harmless and candid response, kudos to PG.

    • bball242322 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Very well said

  4. devarajaswami - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Where do they buy journalists from these days? Seems like none of them can spell right.

    but players believe a certain amount of cache is attached to being one of the starters,

    That should be “cachet”, not “cache”.
    A “cache” is where you store sometime temporarily, like “a cache of food”, or a computer’s “cache memory”.

    • shanelsweet - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      What are you, a rookie on here? That’s not even in the top 1,000 of typos and grammar errors. Either learn to live with it, or go somewhere else.

    • adoombray - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      there is no editing here, it’s part of the sites charm

      • handsomerob86 - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Not for us, but the actual bloggers can, and sometimes do when they make big mistakes (New Orleans Hornets rather than Charlotte). But as for commenters, we deserve some slack. I mean, we can’t edit, and we still usually have less mistakes than the guys who get paid…

  5. nfl4days - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    People want honesty until they actually get it.

  6. areyesrn - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    always thought that Jim O’Brien was a good head coach…until I looked at his wikipedia page found that he had a poor record. must be my aging memory…

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      He was a good coach. He made crappy teams good.

      He also is responsible for the modern style of defensive rotations that you see in the NBA today. That was his innovation.

      In the past, teams never gave up the baseline. They tried to force guys into the middle, into the big man.

      Nowadays, teams force guys baseline and they pinch the ballhandler there. That’s the start of it.

  7. lenbias34pt - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    For many people being told they are great has a negative impact.
    At the age of 22 George was told he was a great NBA player. Since that time two years ago his game, social life and his comments to the media have been heading in the wrong direction
    The trend continues……

    Silence is often your best move.

    • muhangis - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      How has his game moved in the wrong direction in last 2 years? In 2 years, he went from unheard of player to superstar.

      Do ppl on here even do a little research (take 5 secs to look at the stat sheet) before they post boneheaded comments?

      Well, here you go:

      He has improved in nearly ever statistical category, dramatically, in the last 2 years.

      ’11 – ’12: 12.1 pts, 5.6 reb, 2.4 ast, 1.3 stl .. per game
      ’12 – ’13: 21.7 pts, 6.8 reb, 3.5 ast, 1.9 stl .. per game

      Proof, this comment ^ is as flat ignorant and stupid as it gets!

      • lenbias34pt - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        Those stats supporting your argument you might just stop there.

        A bit of “research” on George defending Lebron in the 13′ playoffs vs 14 playoffs clearly show James shooting almost 10 (TEN) % better vs. George.

        Please don’t call me names. That hurts my feelings and to some, might make you look less than a worthy source of information.

  8. phillycannon - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Even though this was a honest answer….it makes him look bitter about O’brien. They may had some issues, but you sometimes have to take the high road. If he wouldve just said…the best moment was when he got a chance to start in the playoffs. This wouldnt been a story at all. But to pour salt on a Obrien wound was not cool. People may not agree, but you never know if Obrien could be George’s superior one day.

    What he need to really be answering is……..why does he go up in these groupies raw all the damn time lol. Call him Paternity George.

  9. saint1997 - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    I think the Pacers will be in the bottom 4 playoff teams in the conference next year

    • bball242322 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      LOL that has to be the dumbest comment on this entire blog

      • bball242322 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Actually, my fault, you stated bottom 4 playoff teams for the conference, that’s realistic. I didn’t read carefully enough and thought you were talking about bottom 4 teams of the conference

      • saint1997 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:21 AM

        yeh sorry, pretty poorly worded!

  10. metalhead65 - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    since they ended up with a winning record and making the playoffs he might not have been the only one happy he was fired. the guy was a control freak who treated the players like robots and as bad as their offense is now was worse under him. besides if he were starting dunleavy over him I would be happy to when he got canned.

  11. jimhudson78666 - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    George had a great first three quarters of the 2013/2014 Season and then did his impression of Chris Bosh and Roy Hibbert as the Invisible Men in the Playoffs! A talented Loser that’s not very smart! Without a Point Guard the Pacers will be a 7th or 8th Seed!

    • bball242322 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      HUH? dumbest comment on here. he dropped 37 points and 6 steals in game 6 against Miami….please at least know what you’re talking about before you post ignorant comments like that.

  12. 25yearindyfan - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    People really think losing Stephenson drops the Pacers to the 7th or 8th seed?

    Please follow that up with 6 or 7 teams in the east that are better. I can think of 2.

  13. hdsnake867 - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Being a life long Celtics fan, I can certainly agree with Paul George. Jim O’Brien was the absolute worst coach in the history of Boston basketball.

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Actually Doc Rivers was. Google it.

  14. turkbox420 - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    JOB was terrible with young players. Lance was not used at all. PG really exploded when he got canned.

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