‘Story I Always Tell’: LA Clippers’ Paul George Shares His First Kobe Bryant Moment

Published 01/18/2021, 9:12 AM EST
Jan 6, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) holds onto the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Paul George has been playing at an excellent level this season. The Clippers’ guard is playing some of the best basketball of his career. Thanks to his spectacular play, the Clippers have a 10-4 record this season, the second-best in the league, behind only the Los Angeles Lakers. Paul George has even gotten MVP considerations because of his play.

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Paul George talks about Kobe Bryant

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After the Clippers win over the Indiana Pacers, Paul George spoke to the press. He revealed his first time playing against Lakers’ legend Kobe Bryant, with an incredible story. It was his second season with the Indiana Pacers, and he was given the assignment of guarding Kobe. Kobe had an altercation with George’s teammate and took his frustration out on George. He said:

“The very first time was actually here in LA. I think it was my second year, I didn’t get to play in my first year… I got the opportunity, I was matched up with him, it was my assignment to guard Kobe. It is the story I always tell – one of the greatest and funniest moments…Them two was going at it, Kobe and Shaw and here I am in the middle when all of this was going on.”

George added, “I was guarding him and he got his back down, patent pump-fake and I went flying forward… and he caught me in the air, gave me a little elbow, went past me and laid it up. He ran down to where B. Shaw was and yelled at B. Shaw ‘check the young fella for feathers.’ That was the first moment of being on the court, guarding Kobe.”

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Could George be in the MVP race?

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

Since that game, George has grown by leaps and bounds. Now, George is a multiple-time All-Star and has been an MVP contender in the past. George is one of the best players in the NBA currently, being able to score from any part of the court. This season, he has been playing like he has a lot to prove after his poor performance in the playoffs last year.

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Can Paul George become an MVP this season? Right now, he is playing some of the best basketball on one of the best teams in the NBA. If the Clippers continue playing the way they have, Paul George will be one of the top contenders to win the title.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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