Paul George is chronicling his offseason in a three-part SportsCenter series. The latest episode includes some very interesting soundbites.
First, right at the beginning of the episode, George addresses the possibility of playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. George is a California native and grew up a Laker fan.
Clearly, judging by his comments, he's thought about wearing the purple-and-gold before.
“I love LA. This is home. I grew up watching Kobe. When I first fell in love with the game and I’m outside playing in front of the house, I’m not picturing myself in an Indiana jersey or picturing myself in a Thunder jersey, I picture myself in a Lakers jersey. Everyone in the league would say that they would love to go back home and play for their city. It’s just something about representing home.”
Then, in later footage from a meeting with Dwyane Wade on June 12, George brings up the Lakers, as well as a pair of other teams: the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he played last year, the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Here is the transcript from For The Win:
“At the end of the day, that’s what I want to do. I want to be a champion. In a way, it’s like I want to come here, and play for the home team and put a Lakers jersey on. That’s always gonna be something that I want to fulfill…”
“…but at the same time, it’s like what’s the best move, though. I know who I am as a player, and I just want to help a team win, and I feel comfortable doing so with (Russell Westbrook). Then there’s other places to from Boston to Clippers to… (Wade cuts in here to tell George that whatever he decides, he can’t regret it)”
You can watch the full second episode of George's series below.
Basically, PG-13 is being coy here and doesn't want to give too much away. He knows he has to play it close to the vest for a few more days.
The third and final installment of George's three-part documentary is set to air after he reveals his decision.