ICYMI – Is officially Renamed the NBA G-League

(Original Story was posted on February 14, 2017)

ICYMI: The NBA Development League to Become NBA Gatorade League

“At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) was renamed the NBA Gatorade League (NBA G-League) as part of a multiyear expanded partnership announced on February 14, 2017  by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Gatorade. This marks the first time a U.S. professional sports league has named an entitlement partner.

As part of the partnership, the NBA and Gatorade unveiled a new NBA G-League logo that will be featured across all game balls, team jerseys, oncourt signage, and league digital assets. Additionally, Gatorade will incubate its latest product and equipment innovations into NBA G-League locker rooms, and teams will have the opportunity to collaborate with Gatorade to help players maximize their athletic potential and oncourt performance.

“As one of the most iconic brands in the world and a founding partner of the NBA Development League, Gatorade is an ideal fit for this first-of-its-kind partnership,” said Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO. “The NBA D-League has prepared hundreds of players for the NBA and Gatorade has always been focused on fueling players to perform at the highest level. We look forward to collaborating with the renowned GSSI team to enhance player development and our game.”

The partners will also collaborate on custom, behind-the-scenes video content which will capture NBA G-League players on their respective journeys, highlighting a shared commitment to enhancing performance through innovation.

A founding partner of the NBA D-League, Gatorade will continue to present the league’s Gatorade Call-Up platform. Since 2001, there have been nearly 500 Gatorade Call-Ups from the NBA D-League to the NBA.”

Now’s your chance to be part of history as the Tip-Off Party is less than 2 weeks away! Come and join #LongIslandsTeam as they have a full day of festivities starting with the Rising Stars “Rising Youth Games” from 12-4pm, then the Long Island Nets Pre-Game Tip-Off Party packed fun for the whole family  like; face painting, bounce houses, and balloon artists, On Court Contests, Long Island Nets giveaways & more!

Then to round the whole iLuvBBAll day off, get your tickets below to see what the hype is all about!

As #LongIslandsTeam plays their first game at the All New Nassau Memorial Veterans Coliseum 

vs. The Fort Wayne Red Ants.

Enjoy the intro video below and We hope to see you there! Don’t forget to tell them who sent you there!



LI Nets will officially be on LI as part of the G-League next season!

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Tobias Harris & JJ Moore – Backpack Give-Away In Brentwood

It was a rainy overcast day on the Island yesterday, but it was all sunshine and smiles at Brentwood High School thanks to NBA star and Half Hollow Hills West alumni Tobias Harris. He’s on a mission to give out backpacks to multiple schools on Long Island and spread the blessings he’s recieved to the community. Tobias enlisted the assistance of NBA G-League and former Brentwood star JJ Moore to give out backpacks to kids in need at the Brentwood high School yesterday. This event was sponsored by the trendy new backpack supplier “Sprayground”. Not only did Tobias give away backpacks, but he addressed the campers and gave them words of encouragement and discussed the importance of education.

I wanted to get the inside scoop on the event so we reached out to the Suffolk County 3rd precinct Community Liaison Officer Eiffel Ramirez.

iLuvBBall: What prompted this event?

Officer Ramirez: This event was set up by Tobias Harris and his family. They reached out to Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis (founder of C.O.T.A.) and asked her for help in assisting getting kids registered. She reached out to me then me to iLuvBBall. We also enlisted the help of the Christian Cultural Center.

iLuvBBall: What was it’s purpose of the event?

Officer Ramirez: the purpose was to encourage kids to excel in school. It’s great to play sports and excel but without hard work in school that cannot be achieved.

…and that was the gist of the event. Education + Hard Work + Success.

NBA star Tobias Harris with Bay Shore basketball player and happy camper Tayron Bangs

Seen below are rising Brentwood star Class of 2020 Zed Key & Former Brentwood Star and current NBA G-League’s & Long Island NetsJJ Moore

Sprayground Backpacks!!


Officer John Wright of the 3rd Precint, future star Zed Key, and Officer Eiffel Ramirez

Brentwood future star Zed Key, Detroit Piston’s Tobias Harris , Brentwood’s future star  Bryce Harris,

& NBA G-League’s JJ Moore

NBA Star Tobias Harris w/ NBA G-League’s JJ Moore giving out backpacks and talking to the kids of Brentwood.

The point of this story is to show the NBA stars like Tobias Harris and local NBA G-league star JJ Moore are tangible and that with hard work, diligence, and education anything is attainable. This is also to highlight our local heroes and their acts of altruism. Also to show that the police are active members and friends to our community. Bravo Officers, Tobias, and JJ!!

Don’t forget to follow them on twitter @tobias31 & @TheRealJJmoore  & IG @tobiasharris & @nbabound44moore and Tell them that you saw the story on iLuvBBall!

BIG3 League BIG HIT! Get’s New contract from Fox Sports

BIG3 League Contract Renewed by Fox Sports


Fox Sports announced Wednesday that it has extended its media-rights deal with the BIG3 basketball league.

“Working with Fox Sports for another season is an opportunity we are very excited about,” league co-founder Ice Cube said in the press release. “The network understands that the BIG3 is about competitive, hard-nosed, compelling basketball, and they’ve been a great partner to work with during our inaugural season. Our shared vision makes this partnership an ideal fit.”

A local Long Island legend Mike James from Amityville (seen below)

Big 3 Basketball Player Mike James seated beside NBA legend Dr. J in a press interview (in photo below)

Look’s like rap artist turned business mogul Ice Cube has got the midas touch. Can’t wait for next season and to see what he’s got coming down the pike next (Ice Cube seen in photo below)

Here are the rosters from last years pros the took part in the inaugural season of the BIG3 League. 

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Amityville Alumni & former NBA Pro speaks on social injustice in Charlottesville

Big 3 Basketball Player Mike James seated beside NBA legend Dr. J responds to a reporter’s question regarding the tragedy in Charlottesville. Mike gives a very compassionate answer.

Videotaped by Keith O’Derek/Upfront Productions at the LA Staples Center on August 13, 2017. 

Nike & NBA Reveal New Unis


Announced in June 2015, Nike’s partnership with the NBA begins with the 2017-18 season. Today, and prior to a major launch in early fall, Nike and the NBA release details of four new primary uniforms and give a first glimpse of the league champion’s Association jersey.

Nike tuned the uniform design to the rigors of this increasingly intense 82-game season by employing 3D-body maps of players, including heat and sweat maps.

Informed by more than 25 years of research on all levels of basketball and insight from current NBA players, the uniform is built on a refined version of the Nike Aeroswift basketball chassis.

Nike tuned the uniform design to the rigors of the league’s increasingly intense 82-game season by employing 3D-body maps of players, including heat and sweat maps. This research led Nike’s designers to make significant changes to the weight, fit and construction of the uniforms — paying special attention to enabling agility.

NBA players, including members of last summer’s gold medal-winning USA Basketball team, tested early versions of the uniforms and provided specific feedback that prompted Nike to further evolve the designs in ways that included moving the armhole, neck and side seams to eliminate distractions for athletes.

“The mental advantage of a quality uniform is priceless,” says Kyrie Irving. “The fact that Nike listened to all of our feedback while developing the new NBA uniforms speaks volumes. I’m excited for the new fit and feel.”

The most significant change comes to the back shoulder of the uniform where Nike designers altered the construction for a vastly improved fit. Additionally, the hemlines on the bottom of both the jersey and shorts were modified to allow for full range of motion.

“When you look and feel good, you play good,” says Draymond Green. “I welcome any competitive advantage on the court and the new Nike NBA uniforms deliver on the feedback that we’ve provided.”

The uniform is comprised of a combination of Alpha Yarns and recycled polyester (each athlete uniform represents approximately 20 recycled PET bottles). Not only does this yarn blend match Nike’s broad commitment to sustainability, it also removes moisture more quickly than previous NBA uniforms, wicking sweat 30-percent faster than current NBA uniforms.

The uniform is comprised of a combination of Alpha Yarns and recycled polyester (each athlete uniform represents approximately 20 recycled PET bottles).


Coinciding with the introduction of the new uniforms, the NBA is eliminating its “Home” and “Road” uniform designations. Beginning with the 2017-18 season, home teams will pick which of their uniforms will be worn at all home games and visiting teams will choose a contrasting uniform within their own assortment.

Because of this change, Nike and the NBA worked together to create four core uniforms for each team, classified as “editions,” which draw from the rich heritage of the NBA and its respective franchises.

Nike and the NBA worked together to create four primary uniforms for each team, classified as “editions,” which draw from the rich heritage of the NBA and its respective franchises.

The first two editions of the NBA uniforms, which will be introduced by teams this summer and will make their on-court debut at the start of the season, are the Association and Icon editions. The two remaining core uniforms, inspired by the mindset of the NBA athlete and the communities that support their teams through thick and thin, respectively, will be revealed in the coming months.

The Association Edition, the traditional home white uniform that all 30 teams will have in their assortment, links them as members of the most exclusive basketball club in the world. It represents an achievement that most athletes have worked their entire lives to reach.

The Icon Edition, previously known as the road uniform, represents the rich heritage and iconic identity that exists within each franchise. This edition utilizes the team’s primary color, a color that dominates the closets of the most diehard fans.

Also this season, eight NBA teams will have a Classic Edition uniform that will be available in the fall. The Classic Edition celebrates some of the most iconic uniforms in league history and can be worn at each team’s discretion.

Complementing the new uniform editions, Nike will also unveil a new on-court collection, including tights and socks, that provide a seamless look for the greatest athletes in the world when they play on the game’s biggest stages.

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Re-Class or Not?


In recent years the NCAA has been relentlessly pursuing student athletes who are transferring from NJCAA, i.e. Junior Colleges and being admitted on scholarships to NCAA Division 1 and NCAA Division 2 Colleges and Universities.  Specifically, the NCAA is cracking down on the student athletes who have graduated from high school after attending high school for more than 4 years. Students who take 5 years to graduate from high school, are considered to have taken a Prep Year, i.e. the 5th Year is considered to have been a Prep Year or Post Grad Year, and therefore, if that student graduated and then attended a Post Grad Academy, that 6th year is considered as 1 Year or Organized Play, and therefore counts towards your 4 Years of Eligibility to Play NCAA Div 1 and 2.

Most Students will never be faced with this issue until their last year at the Junior College, and while they are being recruited to play NCAA D1 ball. Most D1s will not consider you any longer, once compliance indicates that your are in a “grey area”, unless you are a pure stud that could help their program right then. In most cases NCAA D1’s are looking to recruit Junior College graduates with 2 years of eligibility remaining, not 1. NCAA Div 2 schools will probably take you, beccause they know that you are a NCAA Div 1 player, but who can’t play on that level only because you have 1 year of eligibility left.  But you still can only play for them for 1 year.

Therefore, unless you negotiate a 2 year deal to play 1 year with the NCAA Div 2 College, you will be sitting at home your Senior year, trying to figure out how to pay for college for your senior year.

So, the Moral of the Story is that you first graduate from high school in 4 years, immediately take your post grad year, and then head to college. If it has taken you 5 years to graduate from high school, even if normal such as in Canada, then you must go directly into college and not a Post Grad Academy, and if you are an international player coming from Australia, and you graduated in December 2016, you must start Post Grad in January 2017, and then head to college in the Fall 2017. If you don’t head to college that same year,you must end playing Post Grad that Fall, by December 2017 at the latest.

If you graduated high school in December 2016, and then went to a post grad basketball academy in the Fall, say September for that entire year, thinking this is your prep/post grad year or “gap year”, you are incorrect, and the NCAA will take an entire year of college eligibility from you, which will scare off NCAA D1 schools.

Please Note, that your clock begins to run, 1 year after graduation from high school, no matter whether you go to college or post grad or not. So, you need to be focused on graduating from high school in 4 years, and attending post grad school, and then going off to college. If you took 5 years to graduate from high school, more than likely you are not a D1 Qualifier and you will need to go a JUCO immediately. On the alternative level, if you don’t have any JUCO offer at this point, and you are graduating from high school a Post Grad Year is probably wise, so you can get yourself ready to play JUCO, as well as get you a scholarship to attend one. Most importantly you cannot sit at home and do nothing, as you clock is indeed running. The older you get opportunities to play NCAA 1, and 2 begins to fade, and NAIA and NCAA Div 3 will become your only options.

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Latrell Sprewell & James Dolan Are Now Friends?!

The End Is Near, Latrell Sprewell & James Dolan Are Now Friends

It is written that when the Messiah comes, the wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the goat.

And so, in these strange times, Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, Knicks owner and blues legend James Dolan sat down with former mortal enemy Latrell Sprewell to watch the home team take down the powerhouse San Antonio Spurs.

Sprewell and Dolan’s longstanding feud dates back to 2003, the year that the small forward was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. When Sprewell returned to the Garden with the T-Wolves, he went on several expletive-laden tirades against Dolan, who was sitting courtside.

But now it appears the two have buried the hatchet. With Sprewell in attendance for the first time since the 2003 blowup, the Knicks honored him with a tribute video. It did not touch upon that incident, nor the time he choked Golden State coach P.J. Carlesimo during practice and was subsequently suspended for 68 games. (A pretty mild punishment, in retrospect).

The apparent detente/p.r. stunt occurred days after Dolan sent MSG goons to accost beloved former Knick Charles Oakley because he was allegedly being “verbally abusive.” Oakley was sitting a few rows behind Dolan and, according to one observer, was “boisterous” but not directly addressing Dolan. Yet the Knicks somehow decided they needed to send 10 security guards to get the situation under control. There was some pushing and shoving and Oakley was ultimately thrown out. He was arrested and charged with three counts of assault, and the Knicks later announced he was banned from the Garden.

The vastly disproportionate response to something that happens a million times at every single game (and presumably whenever Dolan is seen in public) drew a firestorm of criticism, with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Sunday calling the situation “Eric Garner without the chokehold” during a press conference outside the Garden.

“It’s important that we learn from this and ensure that moving forward, nothing like this is televised in a national arena in the city of New York. I was alarmed as a Knicks fan. I was disgusted as a black man,” said Adams, who is expected to ask the Knicks to drop charges and the MSG ban on Oakley at a meeting scheduled for today with Dolan.

No matter what happens, the Knicks will still suck.

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Detroit Piston’s & Hills West Alumni continues to give’s back!



Former Half Hollow Hills West star Tobias Harris hosted a group of about 25 high school basketball players who attended his basketball camp last summer in Westbury when the Pistons faced the Nets on Wednesday night at Barclays Center. Long Island’s Harris hosted his Camp as he always does every summer and gives the kids his insight and priceless wisdom on the game of basketball and even bigger… life! Well onWednesday his Detroit Pistons visited the Barclays and he invites 25 kids from his camp down as his guest and Brentwood’s rising star Zed Key was one of those kids.”




That mature, responsible approach to basketball and to life is what Harris strives to communicate to all those who attend his basketball camp. And a complementary trip to a Nets game is Harris’ way of letting the kids from his camp know he cares.

Describing the group Wednesday night, Harris said, “It’s a few kids I mentored from back home in the Westbury area that came out to our basketball camp this summer. We like to stay in touch and watch their progress as they go into this year.

“It’s great any time you’re able to give back, especially with kids from the Long Island and New York area. The opportunity to be an influence to them is awesome and just leading by example, working hard and doing the right things. The biggest thing I try to express to these kids is to work hard, keep your academics up and just show respect to everybody you come across.”

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We spoke to Brentwood High School’s Zed Key about his experience and this is what he said:

iLuvBBall: When was the first time you met Tobias Harris?

Zed: I first met Tobias Harris in 2011 when I was 9 years old at Northsport.

iLuvBBall: What was he like in person?

Zed: Tobias Harris is very humble and a nice person to be around. He has an amazing work ethic, and is always striving to get better.  He loves to talk to kids and help them improve on their game

iLuvBBall: What advice did he give you?

Zed: The advice that he gave me was first and foremost keep my grades up.  Second there’s always room to improve, stay focused and keep working hard towards my goal.

iLuvBBall: When you went to the game at the Barclays what did you do?

Zed: My Dad and I went to the game to support my friend Tobias.  After the game we hung around in the arena. After talking with Tobias I was able to take pictures with some of the other players from the Detroit Pistons.  I had such a great time and didn’t want to leave.

iLuvBBall: What was that experience like?

Zed: The experience was amazing, something that I will never forget.

iLuvBBall: Lately you’ve been getting around a lot on the high school basketball circuit and getting a lot of accolades. What do you think about with all the attention you’re getting from all these big time schools and scouting services?

Zed: First I want to thank my Mom and Dad for making it possible for me to get to these events and my sister for being there supporting me also. Playing on the basketball circuit has given me the opportunity to do a lot of traveling and play with and against top notch competition.  I appreciate the attention that I am getting, as I can see the hard work and training beginning to pay off and where my game is and how much harder I need to work to be the best player that I can be. My parents taught me to always be humble and hungry.

iLuvBBall: Brentwood Basketball has been the team to beat for the past 4 years, how do you think you guys are going to do this year and what is your mindset going into the 2016-17 season?

Zed: We have lost a lot of starters and players through graduation and transfers.  We are a young and inexperienced team as far as court minutes go.  We have a good core of players and once we get to the point where we gel together, I believe we are going to surprise some people and teams.  Bottom line, my mindset is to win and grow as a player and a team as we do so.

We feel very positive with this young team and as long as everyone buys in and works together the #WoodNation phenomenon is here to stay. We are looking forward to following Zed Key and his young team this year.






BROOKLYN (August 25, 2016) – The Long Island Nets, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, will hold a local player tryout on September 24 leading up to the team’s inaugural season in the NBA D-League. The tryout will be held at the Pratt Recreation Center on LIU Post’s campus, which is located at 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville, N.Y. Player check-in for the tryout will begin at 9 a.m.

Basketball operations personnel from the Long Island Nets and Brooklyn Nets will be in attendance to evaluate players as participants compete to earn an invitation to Long Island Nets training camp in November.

Players interested in participating in the tryout can download registration and waiver forms online at All tryout participants must be eligible to play in the NBA D-League.

Participation is limited to the first 125 applicants who submit the required registration and waiver forms to along with the required $125 registration fee that can be submitted online. Space permitting, limited walk-up participants will be accepted on the day of the tryout for a registration fee of $150. All registration fees are non-refundable.

Limited seating will be available to the public for a $5 admission fee on the day of the tryout. Doors will open for admission at 10 a.m., and all proceeds will benefit the Nets Foundation. Filming of any portion of the tryout is not permitted.

About the Long Island Nets

The Long Island Nets are the NBA Development League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets. In the team’s inaugural 2016-17 season, the Long Island Nets will play home games at Barclays Center and practice at HSS Training Center in Brooklyn. The new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will become the permanent home of the team starting with the 2017-18 season, following the venue’s extensive renovation. For more information, please visit and follow @longislandnets on Twitter and Instagram. 

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I chatted with Dallas Mavericks Summer League standout, Jameel Warney, about his journey to the NBA, player comparisons and more.

In filling out their Las Vegas Summer League roster, the Dallas Mavericks reached an agreement with big man Jameel Warney out of Stony Brook to play for them over the summer. In the loss to Toronto on Monday, Warney finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds on 21 minutes of play (Mavs second round pick A.J. Hammons finished with 18 minutes).

With Dallas having a couple of roster spots up for grabs, Warney and some other players are competing for training camp invites in hopes of making the final roster.

Here is just a few snippets from my interview with Warney today.

What did leading Stony Brook to their first NCAA tournament game in school history and facing off against Kentucky in the first round mean to you?

“It just means all of my hard work paid off. It had been a process for my three years prior to that, been a lot of heartbreaks. It shaped me for that season, being a great leader, being more committed on defense and embracing pressure of being the first team to go to the tournament.”

You talked about being committed to defense, would you say that is your main speciality is defense?

“Yeah, I believe that translates wherever you play. You have to want to play defense first to be a good defender. I love playing defense, I love the enjoyment of stopping someone is a challenge. I feel like I’m a good defender and it can translate to the next level.”

So when people ask you ‘would you rather have a poster dunk or a big time block’ you would pick big time block?

“Big time block, big time block. It can change the game up tremendously. Teammates have more trust in you. Knowing they have a good defender behind you, builds trust on defense.”

Some people throw names like DeJuan Blair and Ben Wallacearound to compare you to, are those accurate and who do you model your game after?

“I believe those are accurate…we are all in the same size and toughness. I watch a lot of smaller forwards, Draymond Green, DeJuan Blair, Kenneth Faried. I watch all of them people, their toughness even though they don’t have the physical skillets, some of them. They just have a will to win and a will to be great.”

I know you have seen it, I’ve read, you see the doubters that question your height and size, what do you say to those people?

“A lot of people are going to have haters. It is your job to go out everyday and play your hardest. Make people a believer of your skill set and your heart. You don’t have the physical tool set of being a seven footer or athletic, just having the will to not be bullied around by those type of players.”

I know other teams were interested, but what made you commit to playing with the Dallas Mavericks this summer?

“Talking with my agent. Felt like it was a good fit with this team. They only had one draft pick in A.J., they were going to have a lot of invites of people in the summer league team and just be a great fit to get some playing time. Learn some good knowledge and hopefully get a training camp invite.”

From before Stony Brook to the Summer League now, you have had the same end goal of the NBA. What would it mean to you to land a spot on an NBA roster?

“It would mean the world to me, just knowing that all of the people who believed in me when I wasn’t as good. Just stuck by myself, knowing that all of my hard work paid off and that I changed for the better”


Warney was a class act and fun guy to talk to. I wish him nothing but the best in the future whether it’s in Dallas or not.

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The lighter side of Steph Curry & the NBA.”Mean Tweets” to NBA players…Playoff edition, lol

We were trolling the internet searching for some funny stuff for our iLuvBBall fans to enjoy and we came upon this Jimmy Kimmel Live segment featuring Magic Johnson, the NBA’s a reigning MVP Steph Curry, & more! Check it out…

Sports fans are very passionate about their favorite teams and players. They love to love, and sometimes they love to hate. With that said, it’s time for another special NBA edition of #MeanTweets featuring Jalen Rose, Klay Thompson, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Russell Westbrook, Reggie Miller, Doc Rivers, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Stephan Curry, DeAndre Jordan and Dikembe Mutombo.

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What a Return by Steph!

In one of the best games of the season, Steph Curry returns from injury to drop 40 points, including a legendary 17 point OT performance, to give the Warriors a three games to one advantage over the Trail Blazers. Check out the best of the NBA’s super slow motion phantom camera footage from Step’s return from injury in game four of the Western Conference Semis.

Basketball Results Academy w/ NBA trainer Jerry Powell

Get a rare look into the world of Jerry Powell and his team at Basketball Results Academy. Pro Trainers include Pat Quinn, Tyrone Gilmore, Matt Candemeres, Dominique Williams, & Prentice Small. In the video “AT SoundZ” gives you a rare look into the minds of these amazing trainers. This episode features never before seen footage of Lebron James, Paul George, Kevin Durant, Eric Bledsoe, and Wilson Chandler working out with Basketball Results. At the release of this video Jerry was awaiting the production of his new state of the art basketball facility. Jerry is currently training at the North Babylon Annex on 281 Phelps Lane. North Babylon, NY 11703. If you’re interested in training with Basketball Results, or just to get more info call 631-671-4285.

Indiana Pacers’ Paul George Seeks LI’s BBall Guru for handle

Check out this story on Long Island’s own Jerry Powell of Basketball Results and how the pros seek the tutelage of the Ball Handling Guru of North Babylon, NY.


Pacers’ Paul George still trying to get a handle on his NBA game

Paul George wants to be a playmaker the Pacers can rely on and it all starts with taking care of the ball.



Paul George knew he could do more. He just wasn’t ready.

When the Miami Heat rallied to run past the Pacers in the playoffs last season, PG witnessed LeBron James and eventually Dwyane Wade play basketball at a level the second-year guard wasn’t prepared to match.

Watching LeBron and Wade destroy opponents on TV is one thing, but having to endure it on the court left George with his offseason motivation.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel wanted PG to work on his ball handling among other things, and to improve his ability to make plays as he prepared for the NBA season..

“I want him (George) to be extremely assertive with and without the basketball and to make the right play when he does have the ball,” Vogel said about George’s development.

When the pressure mounted the confidence in his handle and play-making ability waned. George didn’t like what he saw from #24 when it counted.

Enter Jerry Powell, one of New York City’s renowned ball handling experts. George’s agent Aaron Mintz set up PG to work with Powell for two weeks in California early in the offseason. According to Powell, George was a blast to work with and the two worked well together, so PG had Powell work him out for another two weeks in Indy prior to training camp.”

Powell also loves the Pacers and the depth they have to take on the Eastern Conference. But any further success fior the team goes back to Powell’s pupil this summer and his ability to attack and make plays when the Pacers need it most.”

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