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Paul George is coming off the best season of his career as he enters his seventh year in the league. After having a comeback season for the ages while nearly knocking the Raptors out of the playoffs in the process, George says he has more confidence in his game than ever.
PG spent the summer in Rio where he helped lead Team USA to Olympic Gold and now he has his sights set on the NBA Finals. George knows he has to get past LeBron James and the Cavs in order to reach the promise land. In a recent piece with Yahoo Sports, the 26-year-old had a message for LeBron: “I’m ready for you”. Check out what he had to say below.
“Honestly, I look at us challenging them. I’ve been in the East and I’ve been No. 1 with LeBron being on a team,” George told The Vertical in a recent telephone interview, harkening back to when the Pacers finished with the best regular-season record in the East in 2013-14, the season before his gruesome Team USA leg injury. “Really, what I’m looking at is it coming down to me getting us past the conference finals. … I’m confident in myself. I’m confident in what I can do.”
George’s playoff duels with James established him as a star on the rise but never a rival, especially because he never won. Overcoming the adversity of the past two years, however, has given George a better sense of what he’s achieved and more belief that he belongs on a similar stage. “I’ve always matched up with him like, ‘I know he can do this, I know he can do that,’ ” George told The Vertical about James. “Not in an awe fashion, but it’s more so, ‘I’m not supposed to win these games. This is supposed to be the best dude in the NBA. I’m trying to challenge him. I know what I’m up against.’ Now it’s, ‘I’m ready. I’m ready for you. I’m a veteran. I know you, you know me. Let’s meet here, let’s get this job done.’ I’m prepared. I’ve had time to figure this out. I’ve had time to lick my wounds. I’m ready.”