Professional athletes are no different than your favorite actor or singer in that they get tons of fan mail, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day to be able to get to them all and really take them all in.
There’s no way Paul George misses this one.
The Indiana Pacers have produced a humongous banner and are holding it at Bankers Life Fieldhouse where fans can stop by, sign it, and write their ‘get well’ wishes to the Pacers superstar who is currently in the very early stages of a long road back to the court after suffering a nasty leg injury while scrimmaging for Team USA on August 1.
— Heather Joy Collart (@HevCollart) August 5, 2014
I love this idea! Fans can send their well wishes to George and won’t be constricted to 140 characters or less like they would be on Twitter.
The Pacers have historically gone above and beyond for their players. Hall of Famer Reggie Miller never really dabbled in free agency because of a mutual desire between him and the club to continue their partnership. The Pacers then stood by the artist formerly known as Ron Artest post-brawl in 2005 until he made even more demands, they traded former All-Star Jermaine O’Neal to one of the best cities in North America to Toronto (had no bearing on the strategy, but living in Toronto ain’t half bad), locked up Roy Hibbert so fast a couple summers ago that Portland didn’t even bother making an official offer, publicly made David West an offseason priority last summer, and developed a biographical movie while pitching Lance Stephenson last year (didn’t end up being the turning point for Stephenson re-signing, but hey, still a good move).
Add this awesome display of fan inclusion to that list. Well done, Pacers. Well done.
(FYI – you have until the end of the Indiana Fever game this Friday the 8th to sign it before they’ll begin the hanging up process).
Also, a tip of the hat to the YouTube account ‘kyle brumback’ for putting together this cool video of Pacers fans from all ages sending out their well wishes for PG. George has a long road to recovery, but between the organization, coaches, players, and the incredible Pacer Nation, there are a ton of people in his corner.