Pacers point guard George Hill tells the epic tale of his childhood horse, Ropey (Video)

Dan Devine
Pacers point guard George Hill tells the epic tale of his childhood horse, Ropey (Video)

Most NBA fans probably don't know a ton about the Indiana Pacers' George Hill. Sure, they might flash on some general facts and impressions when the 27-year-old point guard's name comes up — steady but not flashy, used to play for the San Antonio Spurs, traded for the pick that became Kawhi Leonard — but they likely don't know much beyond that. Who is George Hill? What are his hopes and dreams? And perhaps most importantly: Did he ever own a horse named Ropey that he rode through the streets of Broad Ripple, Ind., as a young person?

Thanks to Larra Overton, Bob Kravitz and Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star's "Holding Court Live" program, we finally know the answer to that last question. It is yes.

Don't get it twisted, though. Hill knows there has been a lot of loose talk in the media about Ropey in the past, and he is here to set the story straight — the story, of course, being that time that his riding of Ropey wound up leading to another horse kicking straight through the windshield of an oncoming car. Take it away, George:

Well, that certainly is a fairly crazy story about a horse car accident. But at least we heard it straight from the source; there can be no misconstruing Hill's words, since he was the one who spoke them, and we regrettably cannot corroborate them with Ropey, since, as Hill notes, Ropey's whereabouts are sadly unknown. (If you're reading this, Ropey, we hope all is well.)

Also, in case you weren't counting, I was. George Hill said the word "horse" 37 times in less than five minutes. I'm not sure whether that's a record or not, but it sure feels impressive, and sets what I imagine is a pretty high bar for the next NBA player to clear when he tells his horse story in front of cameras at a bar, which I suspect will be happening any minute now.

Hat-tip to Candace Buckner of the Star.

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