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    Fans see challenging season ahead for Pacers; Paul George sees it as 'chance to do something special'

    Jul 22, 2015

    PAUL George is excited for the coming NBA season, a fresh start for the Indiana Pacers star after suffering a gruesome foot injury last year.

    George described the coming 2015-2016 campaign as a ‘big year’ as he starts a full season following an injury that left him to suit up for just six games last year.

    The 25-year-old guard suffered a compound fracture on his left leg after landing at the basket stanchion during Team USA’s team scrimmage for last year’s Fiba World Cup

    “I’m looking forward to next season,” said George in an interview with “This is a big year for me.”

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    Fresh from recovering from the injury, George feels it is a fresh start for him and his career.

    “I’ve been away for so long. It feels like I’m coming back fresh,” said George.

    So excited is George about the coming season that he was quoted during his recent visit to China that he’s aiming to win the Most Valuable Player award.

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    George is also expected to take the mantle of leadership for a Pacers team orphaned by free agents Roy Hibbert and David West.

    “This is a big year for obvious reasons - change of roster, new playing style, myself leading the team and doing it without two of our veterans who have been with us for many years. I’m excited,” said George.

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    “This is an opportunity to do something special,” he added.

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