Clippers’ Paul George Opens Up About Playing Alongside Idol Carmelo Anthony

Published 04/08/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
Mar 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) shoots the ball during the first half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Paul George is having a solid second season with the Clippers this season. After a horror show in the 2020 playoffs, the 30-year-old has turned it around in some style this season.

The 7-time All-Star had one of his best games this season against the Blazers. With six three-pointers in addition to knocking down 11 of the 18 attempted shots, PG-13 scored a whooping game-high 36 points leading the team to a 133-116 victory.

Clippers’ Paul George speaks about Carmelo Anthony

NBA players rarely get to play against their idols, but what George has managed over the years is absolutely astonishing. The 30-year-old, who modeled his game after Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony, played with Melo during his time with the OKC Thunder and now has had the opportunity to share the court with him again.

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After their recent victory against the Blazers, PG13 spoke about Melo. He said, “I was a big fan. I went through a bunch of stages from growing up idolizing his game, being a fan of his from afar, to matching up against him having tough playoff matchups against him, and then being a teammate of his.”

George opened up about the respect he has for the veteran and said, “I admire who he is, who he’s been to this league. He was a hell of a teammate for me my time in OKC the one year with him. We just appreciated him so much, one of the most genuine dudes, good dudes.”

The 30-year-old still thinks that the Blazers’ veteran still has a lot to offer to the game and said, “He’s obviously got a lot of game in him, you know I think he’s set up to play for as long as he wants with his skill set.”

Melo surely is one of the most beloved veterans in the league and is a key player coming off the bench for the Blazers. With a bunch of games coming up in a very short period of time, Portland will hope that Melo can step up his production coming off of the bench.

As for Paul George, he along with Kawhi Leonard are championship hopefuls. Given that they have added some key players, the Clippers look like a competitive side in the West. Can PG13 help the Clippers trump the cross-city rivals, the Lakers?

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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