George Makes Staples Center Debut, Confirms Championship Aspirations


In his Staples Center debut with the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George finished with 37 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 forced turnovers. The Clippers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 150-101 on Saturday night.

After the end of the 2018-19 season, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded George to the Clippers in exchange for four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick, and two upcoming pick swaps.

George grew up in California; he idolized Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. At one point, there was hope he would end up in purple and gold. However, when free agency came around, he elected to re-sign with Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.

George previously played for the Indiana Pacers for seven seasons, where he became a powerhouse name in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers made the playoffs in six of the seasons he was there. In his career, George has averaged 19.8 points, 3.3 assists, and 6.4 rebounds per game.

The Clippers have never won an NBA Championship, and neither has George. Teammate Kawhi Leonard has championship experience of his own, as he’s won titles with both the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors. With the current roster in place for the Clippers, there are championship aspirations in Los Angeles as well.

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