Say what you want about how Paul George basically threw the entirety of the organization that drafted him under the bus throughout alllllll of the four games they lasted in the playoffs, but don't say the guy hesitates to rip a bandaid off. Indiana clearly doesn't give a crap about his candidness now, but in the long run they'll be slightly more appreciative of not being led astray by a bunch of self-preservative politically correct quotes that do nothing but drag out the pain of uncertainty. Think about all those times you've stayed in a relationship long after it had broken and how much you wish you had that wasted time back, and then try to tell me that Paul George crassness isn't a positive development. PG-13's exodus might be messy enough to be rated 'R', but at least he properly categorized it beforehand. You need not look further than the 100% discount on literally all of his personalized merchandise for proof positive of that.
I don't even think I am speaking in hyperbole when I say that this is the most a professional athlete has ever foretold his departure. Christ, compared to Paul George, Carmelo Anthony might as well have had a Rocky Mountaintop tatted on his forehead throughout his very subtle midseason negotiations with the Knicks. Do you realize how far gone a contracted player of his caliber has to be before a retail outlet that invested actual capital in a player essentially sets that capital on fire? Johnny Manziel jerseys were still going for $2 while he blowing coke off his egregiously large bar tabs. I remember doing holiday shopping after Mark Sanchez's ball security was compromised by his own teammate's asscheek, and stores still wouldn't knock more than 50% of his jerseys. Obviously it's a bit different because these shirts are largely in support of a pissed off malcontent instead of his (soon to be former) team. Still, that Free.99 price point is a credit to the brutal honesty of a player who has given not a single grand illusion of a miraculous makeup since the beginning of his preemptive breakup.
P.S. Loyalty to the Pacers < Free shit, apparently...