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Ahead of the NBA Global Games London 2017 fixture at the O2 tomorrow night, Indiana Pacers player Paul George has revealed that Adele is his favourite British music artist and his Premier League idol is Zlatan Ibrahimović. Team mates Myles Turner and Jeff Teague have also spoken ahead of the match.

Indiana Pacers star Paul George

On playing in the NBA Global Games London 2017…

Yeah I’m really excited, it’s my first time in London. My fans have told me I’ve gotta try fish and chips here! I’ve yet to play a regular season game overseas. It I smy second visit to Europe. I went to Spain, Germany and Greece on vacation.

On his favourite British music artist…

Adele. I love Adele. I have warmed up for games listening to Adele. Her music would get me comfortable and relaxed. I also like Sam Smith, he’s a great talent.

On the Premier League…

I’m a big fan of the Premier League and love to watch soccer. Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, I watch them all. I’m a big fan of Zlatan Ibrahimović, the guy is class. I play a lot of FIFA!

On the fans in London…

I think they’ll be energetic. I think they’ll embrace that moment as much as we do. I think they look forward to having NBA games there. I’m looking for it to be an energetic crowd and for us to feed off of that. It’s always a reassurance knowing that we are working and doing the right things, so that all these people recognise what we’re doing.

On the Denver Nuggets…

Denver’s history is to have running teams - and they’re a Western team, so that’s their style of play and that’s what we have to prepare for. I try not to focus too much on the other team, I play my game and let them worry about me. We also play as a team, some of us grew up on the same street, we’ve got each other’s backs on defence. I think it shows how much we really like playing with each other.

On the Pacers hopes this season…

I expect us to be in the playoffs. We’re still new, but we’re still in the hunt. I think we’re only going to get better. That’s what we have in our back pocket. At some point we’ll turn the corner and start putting games together and separate ourselves. That’s what I’m hoping for. The worst part is getting late into the season when guys could be resting and we’re playing guys to hold or win a playoff spot. But I think we’ll be a playoff team.

On his form…

This year has been the toughest so far. It’s the most I’ve been injured during the season. Just battling with that, trying to have a professional approach night-in and night-out. I’ve taken a lot of hits, a lot of falls this year. I’m being keyed on by defenses. I’m getting more pressure, guys are playing a lot more aggressive, trying to get the ball out of my hands, double-teaming me more. I’m looked on as the leader of this group. I’ve been the leader just off being the best player, but now I’m the leader as far as being here the longest. It’s a different role on and off the court. I feel comfortable in the role, though, being the more vocal guy for this group.

On his fame…

Well you know this place (London) is quite good for that, I mean I’m not Michael Jackson or Prince or something like that. I can get around sometimes without getting recognised. Honestly I prefer being a low key guy, flying under the radar. But it’s the nature of the game, you can’t be good at my sport and want to be completely unrecognised.

On his basketball hero…

Kobe. Just being an L.A. kid, that’s who was always on TV. I saw myself as a Kobe-type player growing up, a player willing to do anything and everything on the court, a player willing to play both sides. He just gave everything he had on the court. That’s how I wanted to envision myself playing, even as a kid. Nothing was too hard on the court. I gained that passion watching him and the way he played the game.

On James Harden’s case for MVP…

He’s got a good case for it at the moment, they are working really hard at keeping their good record and he is playing really well. James is a leader by nature, it’s in his DNA so it’s not surprising that he is taking them to the next level.

On his favourite players to watch…

I enjoy watching Kevin Durrant and Russell Westbrook. Russ for his passion, his heart and his tenacity just doing it every play. Kevin I think resembles how I play. The game comes really easy to him.


Indiana Pacers Point Guard Jeff Teague

On Paul George…

We’re getting better daily. He’s a talented player. You just have to know when to give him the ball and let him be effective. In the fourth quarter, we look to give him the ball as much as possible, let him make the plays. He’s a really unselfish superstar.

On London…

Driving on the left side is kind of weird. Everything has been really cool, but driving? That is the most memorable thing about London. I still can’t get used to it. Every time I get on the bus I’m like “the driver is on the wrong side”. I can’t get used to it. I would crash every time. I know we’re over here for business. I’ve been here before so I know how it goes. I told my teammates how fans here cheer for both teams, it feels a little weird when you make a shot and they cheer for you and then another guy makes a shot and they cheer for him. It’s going be a lot of fun.

On his performance…

I’m always a confident player, but I think we’re getting better as a team and individually I think I’m getting better. I’m getting used to the guys. We need to keep playing well as a team and we can have a chance to reach the playoffs.

Indiana Pacers Centre Myles Turner

On his new role…

I was playing power forward last year, I’m playing centre now, so I’m making that adjustment. The defence side is a lot different, you have more responsibilities, you have to tell everybody where to go, so that’s the biggest effort. I’m not surprised I’m doing well though, I’m a very confident player. I’m growing every day, I don’t limit myself.

On his idol growing up…

Coming out of Texas, Kevin Durant was my favourite player and when I got to Texas I watched a lot of LaMarcus Aldridge.

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