The dream was no different for George Hill than for any other kid with NBA aspirations growing up.

Hill dreamed of playing for his hometown Indiana Pacers every time he waited outside Market Square Arena for Chris Mullin to leave so Hill could have Mullin's finger braces. Or when Antonio Davis would play Sega Genesis with Hill while Davis waited to get his hair cut at the salon where Hill's mother worked.

After three years of developing his game and learning from some of the best in San Antonio, Hill is home and preparing to live out that childhood dream.

Hill, who was acquired from the Spurs in June, will make his regular-season debut with the Pacers tonight when they take on the Detroit Pistons at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

And as one of his favorite songs -- "Put On" -- by rapper Young Jeezy goes, Hill says he's ready to "put on for the city of Indianapolis."

"My baby is home," Hill's mother, Tina, said. "That was his childhood dream. (Team president) Larry Bird decided to bring him home, and now he's here."

As much as Hill, a former star at Broad Ripple High School and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, wants to help the Pacers build off their success from last season, he also wants to continue to be a role model for the city's youths.