Paul George seems to be very willing to make big promises in every team he plays for in the NBA. The swingman has made bold claims in each of his prior two franchises and nothing has changed with the Clippers. He knows the team failed to deliver last season and they want to make things up for fans but PG has taken things to the next level, showing his commitment to the team ahead of the 2020/21 NBA season.
Back in 2017, months before the Indiana Pacers sent him to Oklahoma City, George stated that he 'never wants to leave Indy'. A couple of months later, after finding out the team didn't have the same ambition he had, PG decided to request a trade.
He landed in Oklahoma City, where he played with Carmelo Anthony (for a brief time) and Russell Westbrook. After Melo left the team, George stayed with Brodie and he once again promised he wasn't going anywhere.
"I'm here to stay," George said in 2018 while at a private party in Oklahoma City.
Last year, he was shipped to Los Angeles Clippers to team up with Kawhi Leonard and the promising team they had in LA. Flash forward, we find out that PG once again made a huge promise to one team. This time he claimed he wants to retire as a Clipper.
“I want to retire a Clipper.”
“This is where my heart is and I’m happy,” he said on Friday, via Beth Harris.
“I’m my toughest critic,” he said. “I know what’s not good, what’s unacceptable. Last year was an unacceptable year for me. I know that.”
Every time he's said things like this, PG has been shipped to a different team. It happened in Indiana, then in Oklahoma City and if the Clippers don't have a deep playoff run this season, it can happen in Los Angeles, too.
He's confident that the team can get a lot better than last year, but only time will tell if he was right.