Pacers Star Paul George Doubles as 'Air Blue' Mascot at Colts Week 1 Game

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2013

Paul George is a West Coast guy.

His basketball journey began at Knight High School in Palmdale, Calif. He launched his NBA campaign during his two-year stay at Fresno State, where his stat line (16.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals in 2009-10) reeked of Swiss Army knife potential.

However, since being named the No. 10 pick of the 2010 draft, he's taken on a new market as the leading man for the Indiana Pacers.

And, ever since, he's looked like a Hoosier State lifer—even showing his support during the Indiana Fever's run to the 2012 WNBA championship.

On Saturday, the 23-year-old took in a Purdue home win over Indiana State with teammate George Hill:

Having a great day @Purduesports are @Pacers @George_Hill3 & @paul_george24 in West Lafayette

— Eddie White (@eddiewhite3) September 7, 2013

Now he's breaking out the big guns.

On Sunday, he donned the inflatable blue-and-white threads of the Indianapolis Colts' "Air Blue" mascot and posed for a sideline snapshot with former Colts great Jeff Saturday:

NFL great Jeff Saturday with @Paul_George24 at today's @colts game.

— G2 Zone (@PacersG2) September 8, 2013

He's embraced Indy's sports scene like a roster hopeful searching for any way to endear himself to the fanbase.

That's not a bad mentality for one of the brightest stars in the NBA. He just wrapped the first All-Star season of his career, then followed it with a strong head-to-head battle with four-time MVP LeBron James in the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals.

A smooth two-way star, his game afforded plenty of local love on its own. Bolstered by this cross-platform plan of attack, though, this West Coast product has the makings of Midwest legend.