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Does Paul George really deserve a jersey retirement with the Clippers, or is he dreaming too big?

Will the Los Angeles Clippers honor Paul George with his jersey retirement? The veteran has previously expressed his desire to get his jersey retired by his former teams Clippers and Indiana Pacers. At least, he hopes to see his jersey hanging in the rafters one day. However, former NBA forward Kenyon Martin mercilessly dashed PG’s hopes with his rather harsh comment on the debate.

During a conversation on Gil’s Arena Podcast, All-Star Kenyon Martin claimed that there is a “0%” chance of the Clippers retiring George’s jersey. The Toronto Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers are the only two teams in the NBA that have not retired any jersey numbers so far. While the Raptors will surely have jerseys hanging in the rafters once most of their 2019 championship-winning team retires, it’s a little different for the Clippers.

Nonetheless, it would be a huge honor for the first player to have their jersey retired. Another host on the show, Brandon Jennings, believes that the Clippers should retire 6x All-Star Blake Griffin’s jersey number before anyone else. “I mean probably yeah but I don’t think it’s first though like I don’t think in the new Arena I think you put Blakes up first,” Jennings said on the Gil’s Arena podcast.

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Jennings’ argument is understandable given Griffin’s contributions during his nine years with the team from 2009 to 2018. Not only did Griffin make the All-Star team 6 times, but he was also named to the All-NBA teams on five different occasions. He was the primary reason behind the Clippers’ memorable “Lob City” era. However, there wasn’t much postseason success. On the other hand, George took the Clippers to their first Conference Finals in franchise history back in 2021.

Poll of the day

Do you think Paul George deserves to have his jersey retired by the Clippers?

Absolutely

Not yet

No way

Only if he wins a championship

Moreover, during his time in LA, George was named an All-Star 3 times and made the All-NBA third team once. This discussion was raised after PG expressed his wish on his Podcast with P with Paul George.

Paul George talks about his Pacers and Clippers jersey retirement

The 34-year-old is certain of not receiving the honor from the Oklahoma City Thunder. He cited the reason to have only played two seasons for the team. However, he has hopes for the Clippers and Indiana Pacers. “At the end of the day, it’s in the team’s hands. But man, I hope I paved the way or did enough to kinda inspire, uplift that era of the time where I was there,” PG said on the podcast.

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He even joked about how he still gets booed by the Pacers fans. He might be the first player in Indianapolis to get booed by the fans while getting his jersey retired. The 9x NBA All-Star spent 7 years from 2010 to 2017 with the team.

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And about his time with the Clippers, fans haven’t been exactly fond of the veteran. Despite giving up a major haul in terms of trade assets to OKC, the Clippers’ superstar duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George failed to win a championship. Injuries plagued their time in LA. No wonder, Martin expressed doubts about George’s chances with the Clippers.

It looks further bleak because of the latest development. The veteran had one chance to turn things around this year with the Los Angeles Clippers. But that has changed now. He left the Clippers as he inked a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers for $212 million. As per sources, the deal will see George play with the 76ers for the next four years. If not for some injuries and unfortunate circumstances, George might have already been on the list of potential players to get their jersey retired by the Clippers if not first choice.

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