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Paul George Sports Head-to-Toe Black Leather After Loss to Chicago Bulls

Mar 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Pacers defeated the Sixers 101-94. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Jim CavanContributor IMarch 25, 2014

Paul George and the Indiana Pacers are playing ugly basketball. That’s it. That’s your basketball observation for this post.

Here’s another, decidedly non-basketball observation: George is doing his darnedest to not look ugly when not playing basketball.

I am neither a fashion mogul nor an expert in animal husbandry, but I’m estimating 33 cows were harmed in the making of this Instagram.

We could end this post here. We could. But we won’t. Because our friend at SB Nation, Seth Rosenthal, has given us the skinny on P.G.’s ever-growing leather love.

Here he is wearing a suit with leather sleeves while on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

And here he is wearing “leather sweats” (automatic entry into the Oxymoron Hall of Fame) during a recent photo shoot.

And here’s…whatever this is.

So George likes leather. That’s fine. A lot of people like leather. But George didn’t become one of the most versatile players in the NBA by just liking one thing.

Indeed, during his Kimmel interview, George shed a bit of insight onto what’s made him such a famous fashionista (fast forward to the 30-second mark).

However highfalutin George and other fashion-conscious NBA stars see themselves, Bleacher Report’s Dan Carson, reporting on another of George’s more eccentric offerings last season, thinks the whole thing has gotten a bit ridiculous:

I think this whole game-day clothing situation with NBA players is turning into the fashion equivalent of a nuclear arms race. I thought after Dwyane Wade’s fruit medley bomber jacket the outfits weren’t going to get any goofier this postseason, but just when you think we’re at DEFCON 1, someone else takes it to the next level.

With regard to George’s latest leather gambit, I’d like to know how the good people of Indiana feel about such blasphemous use of their bovine friends.

How many times do you think he’ll actually wear this? Once? The answer is once.

It seems like just yesterday that then-commissioner David Stern was issuing edicts demanding his players put more effort into their wardrobes—what they wore in public, anyway.

That full-body FUBU track suit isn’t looking so bad now, is it, David?

OK, I lied about that lede being my "only basketball-related observation."

Mr. George: Perhaps you should spend more time working on your jump shot and less time, say, wondering whether wearing Vera Wang twice in one week is considered a faux pas.

After losing to the Bulls 89-77 Monday night, the Pacers have dropped three of their last four games.

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