After dedicating two years of his career to recovering from a gruesome injury, Paul George is back where he was in 2014.
He returned to the All-Star game last season, helped the Indiana Pacers to a playoff position and capped his international comeback with a gold medal at the Olympics after suffering his leg break during a Team USA scrimmage.
Heading into the new campaign, the Pacers have assembled a strong team around George, and the forward insists they can be the team to overcome LeBron James in the Eastern Conference having done battle with the five-time MVP and the Miami Heat in three separate seasons.
The Pacers fell to Miami in 2012, '13 and '14, and George has one aim for the upcoming campaign.
As per Yahoo Sports, he said: “Honestly, I look at us challenging them. I’ve been in the East and I’ve been No. 1 with LeBron being on a team.
“Really, what I’m looking at is it coming down to me getting us past the conference finals. … I’m confident in myself. I’m confident in what I can do.
“I’ve always matched up with him like, ‘I know he can do this, I know he can do that.' Not in an awe fashion, but it’s more so, ‘I’m not supposed to win these games. This is supposed to be the best dude in the NBA. I’m trying to challenge him. I know what I’m up against.’
"Now it’s, ‘I’m ready. I’m ready for you. I’m a veteran. I know you, you know me. Let’s meet here, let’s get this job done.’ I’m prepared. I’ve had time to figure this out. I’ve had time to lick my wounds. I’m ready.”