INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George spent his first seven NBA years with the Indiana Pacers.
Pacers fans cheered him on through hundreds of games, as he scored thousands of points for hometown team.
Wednesday night, he returns to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the first time since he joined the Oklahoma City Thunder in the offseason in a highly anticipated game against the Pacers. When he takes the court, he'll almost assuredly get booed, as many fans didn't like the way he handled his departure.
"It's basketball, it's what I do," George said Wednesday morning of the incoming boos. "I'm not losing sleep over it. I'm living my dream getting to play in the NBA and getting to play basketball. I get booed, I get booed. It's part of the game."
From 2010-2017 (give or take a rookie year or an injury), George was the face of the franchise. Now, the Pacers have a new face -- Victor Oladipo.
Oladipo, now on his third NBA team, is having a career year with Indiana. He's averaging 24.5 points per game on 44 percent shooting. He's hit two game-winners this season and scored a career-high 47 points Sunday against the Denver Nuggets.
George said it was "not right" to compare the two players.
"I'm done," George said. "I'm over with. I've moved on. It's Vic time. And he's doing great here. "
The Thunder, despite having George, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, are struggling this season at a 12-14 record. The Pacers are 16-11.