Paul George: Interest in LA “Overstated”
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Oklahoma City Forward Paul George downplayed his long talks about interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers next off-season.
“People saying I want to come here, who doesn’t want to play for their hometown? That’s a dream come true, if you’re a kid growing up on the outskirts of L.A., to be the man in your city. But it’s definitely been overstated.” George told SI. “If we get a killer season in Oklahoma, we make the conference finals or upset the Warriors or do something crazy, I’d be dumb to want to leave that.”
George has spent his entire career with the Indiana Pacers, making the Eastern Conference Finals twice with the team (2012-13, 2013-14) in a losing effort. George is a four-time All-Star, and is coming off one of his best seasons as a pro, averaging 27.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.6 steals, while shooting 39.3% from three and 46.1% from the field.
George is going to an Oklahoma City Thunder team that lost in the first round last year while pretty much being dragged through the season by reigning MVP Russell Westbrook. Now, the Thunder once again have two stars on the team, and if Westbrook returns to MVP form next year, they should go a on a bit of a run in the playoffs.
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Of course, this wouldn’t be about selling the idea this isn’t just a one-year rental for the Thunder.
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