Paul George is ready to play power forward if that's what Pacers need
If the Indiana Pacers heed the advice of Larry Bird from exit interviews after this season, where the living legend made it clear that he'd like to see the team play much faster, Paul George is ready to contribute any way he can. And according to George, that means playing power forward in small lineups if coach Frank Vogel makes that call.
At last week's Pacers charity softball game, the idea of George at the four came up courtesy of a reporter from the Indy Star, and George didn't hesitate in sharing his willingness to play power forward:
"I’ll be ready for it. I’m working on making that change and being prepared to play some forward this year,” George said. "I understand what Larry (Bird) wants as far as playing the faster pace. I mean, I’m for it. That’s the way the league is going nowadays."
It is, indeed, the way the league is going these days, but it's not as simple as just saying that a wing is going to play power forward and rolling the ball out there. George has the defensive acumen and the strength to defend certain power forwards in the league, but in order for Indiana to go small and maintain its defensive efficiency, it's paramount that the Pacers have a small forward alongside George who can also slide up to defend bigger players. And Indiana might also need to change up its defensive strategy, allowing for more switching and trapping instead of laying back and sealing off the paint and passing angles, daring teams to shoot over the top of the Pacers' mighty defense.
It's a time of change for the Pacers, and everything is on the table.
(h/t Indy Star)
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