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BPump33
09-29-2010, 10:21 AM
http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/blog_george_100929.html

A little fun before the hard work of camp

Training camp is here and I already feel like the work I did in the offseason is starting to pay off.

Obviously, I'm a rookie and I'm still learning but I do feel like I'm at least close to the same level of preparation as the veterans. The goal was to avoid being too far behind and in that respect I think I'm right where I want to be.

As hard as you work in the offseason, the intensity increases when camp starts. Everything's a little faster, a little tougher, but that's what you expect. We'd be selling ourselves short if we didn't go hard right now. The intensity is there, guys are in great shape and we can really put the energy out there and have the energy sustained throughout the whole practice.

Training camp is the time to get prepared for when the real season comes. I want to be a contributor. I don't want to be on this team for the potential and the long run. I actually want to be able to help right away.

This time of year is all about work but the team had some fun before camp started.

We had a great team outing last week. First, we went and played laser tag and then we went to Bub's Burgers in Carmel to do the same challenge that was on the Man. vs. Food TV show. It's a one-pound burger called the Big Ugly. If you eat one, you get a little picture on the wall. If you eat two, you get a bigger picture. I think only two people have ever eaten three.

I was done after one.

I enjoyed my one burger and had some fries, too. A one-pound burger can't hurt me. I can use that extra pound. But I didn't want to try for another one because that might've put me behind for camp.

It was fun, a good time for our team to get out. We were pushing each other. We all wanted to finish those burgers so we could get our picture on the wall. It was one of those times where you really build some chemistry.

The day before we start practice is media day when we have to go through all these various stations, posing for different photos and videos, sign autographs, talk to the media and do online chats with the fans. It's fun for me. I always have fun when it comes to that sort of thing. It's where I can put on a smile and really just be myself.

Probably the best picture was when I got to wear a Dr. Seuss hat with a bunch of kids to promote a reading program. I've still got that hat. It might be mixed in with my wardrobe one of these days.

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I'm really glad that he and Roy got along so well this summer. I think the team chemistry this year is going to help us win a few games down the stretch this season.

McKeyFan
09-29-2010, 10:40 AM
Good stuff.

I've got to believe he spoke these words and someone else wrote them. Most college Sophomores can't write that well, basketball stars or not.

bphil
09-29-2010, 10:43 AM
I'm sure it was edited by someone on the Pacers staff, but nevertheless PG seems like a smart kid who has his head on straight.

Knock on wood of course... :)

Sparhawk
09-29-2010, 12:51 PM
I want to play laser tag. :(

BornReady
09-29-2010, 01:27 PM
I want a one pound burger. :(

Trader Joe
09-29-2010, 02:59 PM
Man, I'd just be happy playing for the Pacers.

pacer4ever
09-29-2010, 03:26 PM
Man, I'd just be happy playing for the Pacers.

You can tell he wants to be a great basketball player.

daschysta
09-29-2010, 03:28 PM
I sure hope so, because he has no physical limitations. And if he does meet those expectations I hope he remembers the good times like this and gives us first dibs on resigning him! ;)

DGPR
09-29-2010, 04:15 PM
I'm just glad our team is going out and having fun together like this instead of the stay up until 3 AM at strip clubs kind of fun.

Trader Joe
09-29-2010, 04:38 PM
I'm just glad our team is going out and having fun together like this instead of the stay up until 3 AM at strip clubs kind of fun.

Just because they're not tweeting about this doesn't mean it might not be happening, and honestly I have no problem with them doing it if they stay out of trouble and it doesn't impact their play.

odeez
09-29-2010, 05:12 PM
Good stuff.

I've got to believe he spoke these words and someone else wrote them. Most college Sophomores can't write that well, basketball stars or not.

interesting you say that, I had the same feeling reading it...

daschysta
09-29-2010, 06:33 PM
God help us if most college sophomores can't write that well. Message board quick typing is one thing, but something that basic in structure that is going to be published?

GrangerRanger
09-29-2010, 07:22 PM
Honestly, as someone who has a father who is a High School English teacher, it seems like he wrote it jumbled together and someone made a structured piece out of it.

But that's just my two cents. What really matters is what he does on the court and not with a pen.

McKeyFan
09-29-2010, 07:54 PM
God help us if most college sophomores can't write that well. Message board quick typing is one thing, but something that basic in structure that is going to be published?

I'm pretty sure we need God's help.

Marlin
09-29-2010, 08:01 PM
Am I the only one who wondered who are the two guys that managed to eat 3 burgers? :D

Sookie
09-29-2010, 08:35 PM
There's a video of Foster eating two on the Pacers website.

I like how they were all cheering him on..in a way that suggested that they actually kinda wanted to see him barf. :P (I also liked that there was about four phones visible, surrounding Foster...)

immortality
09-29-2010, 08:58 PM
Good stuff.

I've got to believe he spoke these words and someone else wrote them. Most college Sophomores can't write that well, basketball stars or not.

Don't know what colleges you are talking about :/

But about the blog, it is going to be exciting to see what he actually produces on the court.

Day-V
09-29-2010, 09:11 PM
I think Roy tweeted that Danny needed a barf bucket before even finishing his first one.