It's only been one month since Paul George signed his five-year maximum extension that could reach $90 million with the Indiana Pacers, and the 23-year-old is already putting his new fortune to good use.
George, who starred at Fresno State from 2008-2010, bought every ticket for the school's home opener on Nov. 16 against Cal State Northridge. That's 15,596-seats at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.
"In my time there we never sold it out, so I never had that feeling of a packed arena in college," George told ThePostGame. "I just wanted to give those guys that opportunity to really feel what a college arena is supposed to be like ... I just want it to be a crazy environment for those guys."
The 10th overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft, George had a breakout season in 2012-13. He was voted the NBA's Most Improved Player and earned a spot on the league's All-Defensive Second Team. George averaged 17.4 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, and he is one of the core players on a team that has nearly derailed the Miami Heat in the postseason in each of the past two years.
George says he still travels to Fresno State to work out each summer and he follows the team very closely.
The school approached George about the opportunity last week, and he says the decision to accept the offer was a no-brainer.
"I almost didn’t let them finish the question," George said. "The second that they asked me I was down for it."
Anyone interested in attending the game can print a voucher here and redeem it at the Save Mart Center ticket office.
George and the Pacers open their 2013-14 season Tuesday against the Orlando Magic. Check back on ThePostGame for a Q&A with George about guarding LeBron James, his expectations for the season and the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts.
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