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Paul George Still Isn’t Thrilled About Playing the 4

Paul George and the Indiana Pacers played their preseason opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, and George, as expected, started at the power-forward spot opposite Anthony Davis. George has made no bones about his displeasure with playing the 4, and he didn’t mince his words about the situation after the Pacers’ 110-105 loss to the Pelicans:

But wait, there’s more:

Yeah, that’s not great.

The interesting thing is this came after George played pretty well, scoring 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting in nearly 24 minutes of action. Of course, Davis also had 18 points, and it was the defensive end of the floor that George was really complaining about.

It’s understandable for George to have some reservations about playing power forward in a full-time capacity. He’s become a star in the NBA as a wing, so playing the 4, even in a league that’s trending toward small ball and positionless basketball, is an adjustment.

But at some point, George is going to have to be more open-minded about this strategy. The Pacers rebuilt their roster based on him playing the 4, and management seems all in on the change in philosophy.

So, it’s going to be interesting to see how George adapts as the Pacers move forward. If he doesn’t, things could get ugly in Indiana.

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