The Jay Graves Report

Why Pacers fans should really thank Paul George, give him a pound and keep it movin’ tonight! “Solid”

Paul George makes his debut as a member of the OKC Thunder tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It should be fun to watch. Photo: David Zalubowski/AP

It’s been funny listenin’ to the rage of the Pacers fan’s anticipation of tonight’s ball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with Paul George comin’ back to town. Boyz are goin’ crazy soundin’ like a bunch of jilted lovers ready to slash his tires and key the side of his car.

It’s crazy to me that people are so upset with this dun because he decided that he didn’t want to play in Indiana any more. As a matter of fact, he told a boy a year before his contract expired that he wanted out. He actually did the Pacers and it’s fans a favor by givin’ them a year’s notice that he wasn’t comin’ back so that Kevin Pritchard could trade him instead of gettin’ left with nothin’.

Now on some real talk, he didn’t have to say a word and could have waited until the summer of 2018 and just dipped like LeBron did on the Cavs or the Heat and they got nothin’ but memories to hold on to. Instead, he gave the Pacers the heads up, they traded him and now they’ve got a legitimate franchise player in Victor Oladipo that’s ballin’ out of control. It couldn’t have worked out any better.

Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! Everybody and their baby’s momma knew that Paul George wasn’t stayin’ in Indy back in February durin’ the All-Star break when he refused to sign an extension. Larry Bird and Co. where tryin’ to gamble on the fact that “If” PG made the All-NBA team they would have been able to offer him a Max Deal of $200 million and he would stay.

However, he didn’t make the All-NBA team and everybody else, includin’ the Lakers, would be able to offer him the same type of bread. Well, the Pacers could still have offered him like $185 million. The other teams could break him off at $130 million. Ole boy has always wanted to play in LA so the $50 million or so wasn’t goin’ to tie him down. He did NOT want to be in Indiana and he did the Pacers a solid by givin’ them advance notice that he wanted out.

My point is, if I knew and everybody else with eyes and ears knew that the dun wasn’t tryin’ to stay in Indiana then why didn’t Bird and Pritchard know? So boyz are really mad at the wrong cat. Paul George gave the Pacers a year’s notice that he was dippin’ which was stand up on his part because he didn’t have to say a word about what he wanted to do. As long as he came to work and played ball he wasn’t obligated to tell the Pacers or their fans what his intentions were.

He could have pulled a LeBron or a Dwight Howard and been perfectly within’ his rights to do so. Remember when Dwight Howard wouldn’t commit to an extension with the Orlando Magic and they were smart enough to trade him to the Lakers to get something for him? Then the Lakers thought that ole boy would sign an extension with them because they had Kobe and it blew up in their faces when he dipped on them and they got nothin’. Remember that?

Well that’s what’s about to happen to OKC with Paul George this summer. That dun isn’t stayin’ out there because he wants to play in LA. He’s not obligated to stay in OKC because his contract expires after this season. So if they don’t trade him by the deadline he’s got every right to dip after the season and they’ll get nothin’.

So while you’re booin’ Paul George tonight you should be clappin’, givin’ him a pound and thankin’ him for allowin’ you to have a legitimate superstar to watch every night in Victor Oladipo. If it wasn’t for Paul bein’ straight up and tellin’ the Pacers that he wanted out they never would have gotten Vic. So when you see ole boy tonight instead of booin’ tell him thank you, give him a pound and keep it movin’! Stop me when I start lyin’!

Playas Thesaurus: 

1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.

2) Put it where the goats can get it: verb phrase – to make it as elementary as possible. To put it at ground level so everyone can understand it.

3) Ole boy: noun – the person that I’m currently talkin’ about.

4) Dip: verb – to leave

The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”

The caption under the photo isn’t real but its real talk!