Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 6/3/13
MIAMI -- Perhaps not as soon as next year, but Paul George vows to wrestle the MVP award away from LeBron James.Roy Hibbert, George's teammate on the Indiana Pacers, said after a Game 6 Eastern Conference finals win Saturday over the Miami Heat that George could be holding the trophy next year."He's the future," Hibbert said. "He has a chance to be MVP of this league next year."George's reaction to what Hibbert said?"Obviously, I agree with him," George told FOX Sports Florida after Monday's shootaround in preparation for the evening Game 7 against James' Heat. "The more and more I get comfortable in this league and the more and more I find myself, I think I am capable of achieving that award."James has won the past two MVP trophies and four of the last five. Is George ready to slow James' run next season?"Maybe not so quick as next year," said George, a third-year man who averaged 17.4 points during the regular season while being named the NBAs Most Improved Player. "But in my career, I wouldnt be satisfied if I don't win the award."Still, George is optimistic about one day getting the trophy away from fellow small forward James."He is the MVP," George said. "And as they say, to be the best you got to beat the best."George has been solid against James in the six games in the series. He's averaged 21.5 points and 5.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists to 28.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists for James.George had no problem with Hibbert boldly declaring in a press conference he could win the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as soon as next year."I don't mind at all," George said. "I would love my teammates to put pressure on me. I just shows how much they expect out of me."George is putting the pressure on himself to one day win an MVP. And he certainly hasn't ruled out it happening next season."Well see," he said.Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson.
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