An Open Letter to PG13

Posted: June 20, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Chad Schrump

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This is going to sound bitter and I don’t want to sound that way.  No, it’s going to sound petty.  Probably somewhat bitter with a splash of petty.  I can live with that.  Here goes…

Dear Paul George,

You want to go home.  Fine.  I get it.  I do.  You’ve made your decision.  Good for you.  You’ll most likely be playing basketball, if not next year, then the following – in front of a whole gaggle of your hometown friends, 2nd cousins, former high school teammates, your sister’s best friend’s brother named Kevin or Kev for short and a whole lot of front running Hollywood megastars that couldn’t tell you the difference between a high ball screen and an eight ball that gets you high.  Fine.  Your call.  Your rules.

But why did you have to screw the Pacers over in the process?  Why did you have to screw an organization that now, will only get pennies on the dollar for your sure to happen fire sale.  Why did you have to shit on the city that supported you through everything?  Hell, I’m typing as fast as I can right now for fear that you’ll be traded before this column drops.  There’s very little doubt that you’ll be gone before Thursday’s NBA Draft.  Damn.  Seems surreal.

What I hate even more is that Paul stuck out his hand, extended his middle finger and told every Indiana Pacers fan to go suck a big, fat egg.  If the Pacers are ultra lucky, they get a decent veteran and a couple of 1st round picks that are probably somewhere in the 20-25th pick range.  If that!  Great.  That’ll certainly replace a player that has 1st Team All-NBA potential.  Awesome.  Thanks, PG.  Appreciate ya.

By dropping the bombshell that he will not re-sign with Indiana after his contract expires and that he prefers playing for his hometown Lakers, what Paul George has done is basically allowed L.A. to keep every asset it has and just wait it out.  They’ll be full strength when he joins.  I told you this was going to happen a month ago when Paul missed out on not being named 3rd Team All-NBA.  REMEMBER?  That was literally the Pacers only shot at keeping this guy.  I hate being right all the time.  I do.

There’s no question that the signs have been pointing to George heading back to Los Angeles for a couple of years now but with the way the NBA has handled free agency – essentially giving the home team a serious advantage in re-signing its stars, I honest to God thought Paul would stay.  I believed he was just flirting with the west coast – just California Dreaming, if you will.  I thought maybe, just maybe – Paul wanted to be this generation’s Reggie Miller.  Guess not.

Then again, Paul George has never been Reggie Miller.  (Strap in – this is where I start getting petty.  I’m okay with it and you should be, too.)  Tell me the last time Paul made a shot at the horn that tied the game or put the Pacers ahead.  I’ll wait…  That’s right, he doesn’t.  Some guys are Batman and some guys are Robin.  Some guys are Paul George.  At least Robin saved the day once in awhile.  When’s the last time Paul did?  Calling Paul George “Robin” is disrespectful to Batman’s favorite chum.

Paul gags more than a 9-month old trying peas for the first time.  With the game on the line, he looks more uncomfortable than Forrest Gump in a Spelling Bee.  Put the Pacers in the lead and Paul might score 40.  Need a clutch shot to save the season – uh, you all saw it… it didn’t draw iron.  Wasn’t close.

Maybe a guy develops into Batman while being rented out for one year before signing with Magic’s Lakers but I don’t see it with PG.  I just don’t.  He’s been here 7 years.  Hasn’t happened yet… unless you count the shot he made in his Gatorade commercial.

He made that one.


Just another guy that used to root for you

  1. Unk. Ron says:

    Sadly, you’re right again. I, personally, never thought that much of George and as long as CLE has James and OAK has K. D. and the rest, IND never had a shot regardless of who we had or who we surrounded our All Star with.


    • cschrump says:

      I do agree with you but it would be nice to have a team that could potentially challenge CLE. We gave CLE more than anyone else in the East thought about, even though they swept us. No question that we could have easily won a couple games. Oh well, I guess.


  2. Brandon says:

    As a life long Pacers fan, some people are too salty about PG leaving. Especially this dude. Cries about PG leaving and then says “Oh well he wasn’t any good anyway.” Then whys he sad to see PG go?
    Also, how are you gonna get mad at a dude for leaving a team that hasn’t been good in ten years to go play for a team that has a chance to end a season with a >.60 record? I don’t blame PG at all. Ditch the team that can’t hack it. While you gotta have loyalty, you still gotta think about yourself every now and then.


    • cschrump says:

      Same team that played for an Eastern Conference Title a couple years ago? Yeah, “they haven’t been good for 10 years.”

      Also, the Lakers are going to be a .600 team next year? That’s hilarious. Pass me that joint you’re smoking. I want to get super high too, I guess.

      Thanks for reading.

      Go Pacers.


  3. Brent says:

    Spot on mate! I’ve said this for years, he’s not an alpha dog. Remember he wanted Lebron to mentor a few seasons ago. As far as being named to the NBA 3rd Team, I never thought he was in that group for the reasons you mentioned above. He’s a great player, but not a superstar. Unfortunately, Pacer fans have a hannit of treating really good players like superstars….


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