Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has battled a lot of injuries during his first season with the team. The ailments have cost Brogdon 15 games, and the former second-round pick admitted that his body has gone through a lot the last couple weeks as the Pacers crawled toward the All-Star break. He is set to rest during the upcoming NBA All-Star 2020 Weekend
On July 6, 2019, Brogdon signed with the Indiana Pacers via a sign and trade with the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for future picks. Brogdon signed a contract with the Pacers for $85.0 million over four years (average of $21.25 million per year). All of it is guaranteed.
Malcolm, affectionately known as “The President”, recorded his 10th double-double of the season scoring 17 points and dishing out a season-high-tying 13 assists in Indiana’s slump-snapping 118-111 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Stephen A, Malcolm talked about his journey with the Pacers till date.
When asked what his emotions were when he first signed with Indiana, Brogdon was all praises.
“Excited, optimistic, taking on a new challenge”, he said.
About joining the Pacers he said, “Going somewhere where they’re really tryna build something special. They’ve done well, but they’re trying to do better. They’re really trying to make a mark on the league. I wanted to be one of the big pieces for them.”
Stephen A. asked the 27-year-old shooting guard about his relationship with his former teammate and buddy, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“He’s a great dude. I actually texted him last night ‘congratulations on the new baby boy’. One thing about Giannis that separates him from anybody I’ve ever played with or been around; there’s a work ethic. It’s unbelievable, it’s unrivalled it’s unmatched.
“He’s dominating night in night out. I’m happy for him and all that he’s accomplished, but now I want to beat him.”
When asked how he plans to beat Giannis, Brogdon said,
“This is a team effort. This is historically one of the best defensive teams on the leagues. When I was on the Bucks, this was one of the few teams that would guard Giannis well. We have the pieces to continue to that. We did that the last game we played em’. They just have a lot of weapons now, great coaching. they’ve mastered their system and their philosophy that Bud (Mike Budenholzer, Coach, Milwaukee Bucks) teaches them. but we have a chance to really beat em’.
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