Before beginning their Game 2 prep on Tuesday, the Indiana Pacers and NBA took time out in the morning honor Paul George with the NBA's Most Improved Award.
PG wanted to surprise the Hawthorne Community Center at his MIP press conference. So instead of giving Executive Director Diane Arnold the autographed basketball she was expecting, PG handed her the key to the new Kia Sorento he won along with the MIP trophy.
MIP @paul_george24 just donated a new car to the Hawthorne Community Center. #PGMIP on.nba.com/14KLnpy twitter.com/Pacers/status/…— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 23, 2013
Well, played young fella. PG also hit the mark with a nice little dig at Jeff Pendergraph during his acceptance speech.
"I feel like I play for one of the best teams in the league and that contributes to it, playing along side like George and Roy and all the way down to Pendergraph, so I'm proud to be here."
PG flashed a sly smile as the crowd laughed. No doubt Pendy will have something to say about that line in the locker room.
Check out the links:
Pacers' George wins Kia Most Improved Player Award | NBA.com
For openers, Pacers get good grades across the board - 1070 The Fan
Paul George Named NBA's Most Improved Player | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Paul George Press Conference Highlights | video | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Pacers' George eager to prove season was no fluke - AP
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Pacers' Paul George to be tabbed NBA Most Improved Player | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Pacers' Paul George wins NBA's Most Improved Award - AP
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Paul George is 2013 NBA Most Improved Player - Sheridanhoops.com
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Indiana Pacers' Paul George named Most Improved Player | The Point Forward - SI.com
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