Indiana Pacers star Paul George is working with the best-of-the-best during USA Basketball practice.
That includes working with, league MVP Kevin Durant. One would expect George, an upcoming star, to be the one learning from the most valuable player in the league, but it was the Oklahoma City Thunder star who is benefiting. Durant, who recently said he deleted Twitter from his phone, took to social media to give George praise.
"Yea he's a problem," Durant writes on a photo of Paul George on Instagram. "He's definitely getting me better."
George then reposted the same photo on his Instagram account and posted this comment about Durant:
Learned a lot from him already lookin forward to this quest for the gold along side him.. Been pushing me all camp! #Progress
George also spoke with NBA.com's John Schuhmann about his role on the USA Basketball team.
"I [have] got to be a defender. We got guys that can make shots, run the floor and make plays. I got to be a defender for us. We got a bunch of defenders here, but I can be the versatile one that can guard 1-4 and be able to make plays when I need to."
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports recently spoke with George about a number of topics. One of those topics included former Pacer Lance Stephenson. Here's what he said about Stephenson's antics:
"We all know what kind of player Lance was. Lance always tried to get under people's skin. Some of it could be avoided. But at the end of the day, that's what gets Lance going."
He also told Spears that the Pacers lost their mentality, and a chance at an NBA Championship.
"If we had the same mentality that we had to start the year off, we would have won the championship. We were playing the best ball of all of our careers and Pacers history in general. For us to not finish the year where we started is tough."