LA Clippers’ Paul George Speaks of Vengeance for Trolls and Critics of Last NBA Season

January 16, 2021 4:15 pm

The LA Clippers are a serious threat in the West, and they have a point to prove this season. The Clips were humiliated in the 2020 season, and their two best players in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard took a lot of flak for their inability to deliver when it mattered most. 

Despite Kawhi Leonard being the more valuable player in the team, it was Paul George who faced more heat owing to his long streak of playoff failures. The star forward suffered a phase of darkness after taking all the criticism, but is back and hungry for success. 

Paul George assures to play at an MVP level this season

Paul George is not the one to back down. Just like other top players, PG has endured moments that demotivate an athlete, but his willpower is rock-solid. His only priority after the 2020 season was to get stronger and prove his doubters wrong.

That was the only goal on his mind during the offseason, besides getting engaged!  On a serious note, George’s incredible training efforts are now reaping him the results, and the 30-year-old is now beaming with confidence. 

Dec 27, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) controls the ball against Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Clippers are on a three-game winning streak and Paul George is currently filling the stat sheets with 25.3 points per game! During a recent post-game presser, George revealed the reason behind the surge in his numbers and his confidence. 

“After (last season), it was the only way I could respond. I immediately went straight to a dark place of where I had nothing but to get better…I’m coming back with vengeance…people saw weakness. I had to address that” the six-time All-Star mentioned

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Kawhi Leonard vouches for his fellow LA Clippers teammate

The Kawhi-PG combo proved to be one of the exciting duos last season. Though the pair didn’t live up to their potential, they’ll probably play together for a couple of more seasons at least. The best part is that they get along so well and back each other up when times are tough.

The fans and media put George under scrutiny for his sub-par performance last season, especially in the playoffs. Hence, he had to put in extra work during the offseason, and Leonard was witnessing it firsthand at the gym.

Jan 13, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) moves the ball against New Orleans Pelicans guard Sindarius Thornwell (15) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard also mentioned to the press that he didn’t have any idea how the current season would shape up for George owing to all the drama on the back of his head. But, he also stated that PG is really focused at the moment, which is a huge positive for the team. 

Things are indeed looking bright for the Clippers, despite their offseason moves. They’re gradually finding the right rhythm as a unit and it will only get better as the season progresses. Can they make a better run in 2021?

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Arjun Athreya

Arjun Athreya is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers Basketball and Tennis for Essentially Sports. His journalism degree offered extra motivation to pursue his interests in the ever-growing world of sport. Arjun is based out of Chennai, India, and draws inspiration from several athletes, chiefly Michael Jordan, and Roger Federer. He loves exploring areas that present new opportunities.

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