Bruno: Greetings, Pacers fans. Conrad Brunner of Pacers.com here with Paul George, the Pacers' No. 1 pick from Fresno State.
Paul George: I'm an outgoing person, just hereto work hard and try to restore some of the great years they had in the past. I was excited to be drafted here. I can't think of any other situation that's better than this, to get the chance to play under Larry Bird and play alongside Danny as well.
[Comment From matt]
PAUL!!!!! Welcome to INDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDIANAPOLIS!!!!!
Paul George: Thank you. This is my second trip. The first trip was my actual workout here so I don't really know what to expect. This will be a learning process for me.
[Comment From Matt]
Yeah, seriously. I am very excited to see you in an Indiana jersey this year!!
Paul George: So am I. I'm excited for you to come and watch the team.
Paul George: It hasn't really hit me yet. I'm really just going through the process and letting things play out. It hasn't really hit me yet that I'm a professional basketball player.
[Comment From Cory]
What do you think you can do best to help this Pacers team right away?
Paul George: I think I can bring a lot of energy and really just pick it up wherever the team needs me to -- 3-point shooting, rebounding, defending.
[Comment From matt]
Paul, What are your goals as a Pacer? Also, this maybe a little to soon .. but 2010 Slam Dunk participant?! yes or no?
Paul George: That's too early. I don't have any signature dunks. My style is just to come up with something as it goes.
[Comment From Jesse]
How do you feel knowing Larry \"Larry Legend\" Bird seen something special in you? How soon (if not already) do you plan on picking his brain?
Paul George: It means a lot. He's a legend and for him to see talent in me and that he wants to help me achieve my full potential is amazing.
[Comment From Jon]
When you heard your name called last night, what was going through your head?
Paul George: A million things. I didn't think I'd get picked right there. I didn't know what to expect. I told my agent not to let me know what was going on. It was just a surprise to me.
[Comment From Allen]
do you plan on being a 2 or 3 in the nba
Paul George: I plan on being a two. I think that's where I can really utilize my height and be a matchup problem.
[Comment From Zane]
What type of player do you think you will be in 5 years?
Paul George: I think I'll be a franchise-caliber player.
[Comment From Gavin]
Do you feel that you will be able to contribute to this team right away? What areas do you see yourself helping the pacers in terms of winning games?
Paul George: I feel like I can come in and contribute right away. Getting here and working out will really help me. As much work as I can get in, that's what I really want to do to be ready for game time. I want to be another guy out there that can create his own shot. I don't want to leave it all on Danny.
[Comment From David E.]
What are you looking forward to the most about being a pacer?
Paul George: I know this is a basketball town so I'm really just looking forward to the fans coming out and I'm looking forward to getting a feel for the city.
[Comment From Gav]
do you think that you and danny granger could become a tag team?
Paul George: I think we can be a one-two punch, a pretty powerful punch at that.
[Comment From Michael]
As a teams first round draft pick there comes a lot of responsibility, how do you plan on making an impact not only on the organization but on the city of Indianapolis?
Paul George: Just being a hard-worker. Being a first-round pick you do have a target on your back. I want to work hard, be the first guy in and the last guy to leave.
[Comment From ryan]
paul, i think you can be an all star eventually. do you believe that as well?
Paul George: I believe I could become an All-Star eventually.
[Comment From Thatcher]
Were you suprised to be taken higher than you were projected?
Paul George: Not really. I put a lot of work in to this so it didn't really surprise me. I knew the hard work would pay off eventually.
[Comment From Scott]
I see that you wore #24 in college. Are you planning on wearing that number for the Pacers as well? And can you give a little bit of backstory as to why you have worn that number in the past?
Paul George: I will continue to wear 24. As of now, that's the number I'll go with. It's just been my number ever since I was little. I kind of had this thing with one of my closest friends when I was small -- 2 much 4 u. So I just kind of stuck with it.
[Comment From Doug]
Which aspect of your game would you like to improve the most moving forward as an Indiana Pacer?
Paul George: Defense because ultimately defense wins championships.
[Comment From ryan]
i have heard comparisons to mcgrady and granger. Who do you compare yourself to?
Paul George: I compare myself to the same people. I feel like I can pan out to be that caliber of player.
[Comment From Adam]
Your knock coming into the draft is ball-handling and turnovers? What steps are you taking to improve that from college?
Paul George: Just getting more comfortable handling the ball. I want to spend a lof time in the offseason with ballhandling and that will take care of everything else.
[Comment From Gav]
what area of your game are you most proud of?
Paul George: Just my versatility. I think I can do a lot of things on the court so I'm happy I have that as a part of my game.
[Comment From Jeremy]
Who is your favorite NBA player of all-time?
Paul George: Kobe Bryant because he's the hardest worker in the NBA.
[Comment From Alex G.]
How good is your 3pt shooting?
Paul George: Fairly good. I think I'm a pretty good 3-point shooter and with continued work I'll be a good 3-point shooter.
[Comment From Mark]
Do you have a nickname or anything other than "Paul George" we can call you, when we're cheering your name come November?
Paul George: P.G. has really just been my nickname. At Fresno they called me King George.
[Comment From Anthony]
What kind of game can we expect from you this season ? A jump shooter or attacking the basket ?
Paul George: It's hard to say. You've definitely got to go with how the game goes. If teams want to play me tight I'll be an attacker. If they give me space I'll be a jump-shooter.
[Comment From Dustin]
Do you like to take the last shot? The Pacers need that kind of killer instinct. Do you think you are the solution to that?
Paul George: I think it will be Danny's position as the veteran to take the last shot. Early on in my career that will be the position but in college I had no problem with that.
Paul George: Fans, thanks for all your questions but I've got to run to my next stop here at Conseco Fieldhouse. I look forward to playing in front you this season and hope to have more opportunities to chat