Bird on George: ‘He’s got to pick it up’
About every 10 games or so, I ask him if he wants Paul George to be more assertive offensively. And every time I ask, he looks at me like I’m half nuts (I get this look a lot from people) and talks about all the other good things George does — like defend, rebound, pass the basketball.
Larry Bird, though, doesn’t have that problem. Ask a question, you get brutal honesty.
“He’s got to pick it up,” the Pacers president said after Monday’s practice. “This isn’t the time to feel sorry for yourself. Sometimes players lose their shot, and they lose all their confidence. As he gets along in his career, we think he can be a pretty good scorer. But just because you’re not making shots doesn’t mean you can’t do the other things.
“He’s got no confidence (in his shot),” Bird said. “I can see that. And he’s going to stay in slumps if he keeps doing what he’s doing.”