Paul George names his new pit bull after his childhood idol Kobe Bryant

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There's a new addition to the George household, and he goes by a name that you may all be familiar with.

Paul George is the franchise star of the Indiana Pacers at just 26-years-old and he already has three All-Star appearances to his name as well as an All-Defensive First team selection in 2014.

Despite all of his success, George has always remained humble and appreciative of those who came before him.

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Born in Palmdale, California, George was a self-professed huge Kobe Bryant fan growing up and idolised the career-long-Laker.

To pay homage to his childhood hero and now-friend, George has named his new pit bull Kobe.

In a post on Instagram, George wrote: "Shoutout my buddies @bullybeachouse for the amazing pitbull! My daughter and I love him as you can tell and I know King can't wait to meet him as well.. Out of respect of the mamba it's only right to name him KOBE! #Legend"

It's a nice touch from George who has never been shy to praise the 20-year NBA legend throughout his own career. Although his own career is effectively only five seasons deep, George might just be well on his way to the dizzy heights Bryant enjoyed.

The Pacers forward recovered from a horrific leg break during a Team USA scrimmage to post career-high numbers last term after sitting out the 2014-15 season with the injury.

George recorded an average of 23.1 points, 4.1 assists, seven boards and 1.9 steals a night last season and the 41 points he dropped during the All-Star game in Toronto was only one point short of Wilt Chamberlain's record that has stood since 1962.

The chemistry between Kobe and George doesn't stop there either. For the new NBA 2K17 game, Vino is the face of the legends edition while PG13 is the cover star for the main game, with both men appearing in the television advert for the upcoming release.

Rumours surfaced last month that the Lakers were reportedly looking to put together a trade package to bring George over to the Staples Center. While the news no doubt had the entire Laker Nation salivating at the prospect, it's not a very realistic proposal.

Yes, George is born in California and he clearly has the utmost respect for Bryant. The prospect of filling his shoes is surely an intriguing proposition for him, and an idea Kobe may or may not have floated his way during their many meetings.

In fact, the Black Mamba gifted George a pair of Nike Kobe 11 "All-Star" sneakers this season after their final encounter, but what Kobe wrote on them isn't clear.

But, why would the Pacers part with George? There is no earthly reason and even with the number two pick in the 2016 draft, the Lakers don't have enough assets to make such a deal seem worthwhile.

Maybe one day we'll see George fill Kobe's illustrious - and expensive - boots. Until then, he's always got his pit bull.

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