Going back to back days on Paul George. Wasn't planning to but he held his annual celebrity softball game in Indianapolis yesterday and talked with the media. I know he's suppose to say all the right things at a charity event that he is putting on...but Paul George said all the right things yesterday and really made it sound like he wants to stay in Indiana.
Maybe that's just the Pacers fans in me getting hopeful but he made it clear that his intentions at least are to stay in Indiana next season to complete his contract and then hopefully sign the max extension the following year with the hopes of bringing a championship to Indiana. Again, this could be all hot air with the intent of not overshadowing the charity event but he really did seem sincere in all the videos I watched and interviews I read from yesterday.
Now, all this could definitely change before NBA free agency begins next months but positive signs in Pacers land. Now getting some help for PG13 is a priority. The last couple offseasons the front office tried finding role players to give the roster some depth and flexibility but it really didn't pan out. I'm not sure what type of salary cap issues they have because of that but it's imperative to get George some help for next year and build the Pacers into a contender. PG13 is the second best player in the Eastern Conference behind LeBron James and the East isn't exactly a powerhouse right now. With the right moves, there aren't many reasons why it can't be Indiana vs. Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals next season.
Then maybe that's the incentive George needs to resign and stay in Indiana long-term. But the Pacers have to get the foundation for that in place, and soon.
I don't normally do a lot of product recommendations here on The Three Count but we may have to change that. I picked up a nice little spur of the moment item yesterday and love it so thought I'd share it with you. It's the O2 Cool Mist 'N Sip water bottle.
I picked it up yesterday at Home Depot for just $8.99. Not sure where else you can get it but for $9 you're going to love it. Maybe these are common nowadays, I don't know, but I'd never seen it before. It's a fairly standard water bottle but it also has a one-click mist function in it.
I tried it out once I got home yesterday and it's great. You can use it like a regular water bottle, obviously, but if you want a quick mist in your face to cool off you just click the level on the top and a nice mist of water sprays your face. Perfect for summer. Pick one up if you are in a Home Depot this weekend.
Been a while since we've done just a general topics Quick Hitters and I got a couple other things to cover before heading into the weekend.
- Happy Birthday to my sister Kennedy. She turns 30 today. Send her a Happy Birthday on Twitter at @KBOLLMEYER if you get a chance.
- Think the #BollmeyerMovieMatineeTour may resume today. Haven't finalized that yet but there's a good chance we pick that up again today. Looking at hitting up the 11:40 am showing of Rough Night today in Ames.
- I know I plug the FlyOver Sports podcast a lot here for their sports and general tomfoolery but to all my teacher friends, check out the first 5 minutes of the episode from this week. You'll love it, trust me. If you're an educator, Drew hits on something we've all experienced and all deal with. It's great.
- Sad state of affairs when it takes a colleague getting shot to bring Republicans and Democrats together in DC. All the right things were said and done yesterday, but I doubt any of that continues on into next week. Definitely not by next month.
- LeBron and Draymond Green got after it in the media yesterday. I love the pettiness back a forth the past couple years between the two. Draymond probably went 3 steps too far too often yesterday but at least it's something. Professional sports are great when we can at least talk ourselves into some players not liking each other in real life.
- Word on the street (Twitter) is that Julie Chen made her first appearance on the Big Brother stage yesterday. Big Brother season is just around the corner!
- Sounds like the Lakers are leaning towards not taking Lonzo Ball with the #2 pick in the NBA Draft. That will make things interesting for the next couple weeks. And immediately the "Lonzo may talk with other lottery teams" headline broke yesterday. Little humble pie there for the Ball family.
- Not a great start for my US Open pick Thomas Pieters yesterday. +4 and in danger of missing the cut. My "I really like him but too cheap to take him for those low of odds" pick of Rickie Fowler is in a great position after Day 1 though.