Former Clippers Star Matt Barnes Warns Paul George – “LA Is a Monster, They Will Eat You Up.”

Published 12/05/2020, 5:23 PM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: Paul George enters at the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)


Paul George and the Clippers have had a rough time in the NBA Bubble. His performance was especially put under the spotlight after team’s loss against Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals.

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But George is pretty determined that his team can perform this season. He hasn’t been away from controversies, though. In his recent appearance in All The Smoke, he had made some bold comments about why the Clippers failed last season. One thing clear, Paul George wants to run it back with the Clippers.

In yesterday’s media availability PG said that he wants to retire as a Clipper. To this former Clippers Matt Barnes at ESPN’s The Jump said, “He is just overthinking every situation. We know what he can do. We have seen Paul at his best and he is one of the best players in the game when he is playing his best on both sides of the ball.”

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“I think he is in his head too much right now, so he needs to get out his head cause LA is a monster they will eat you up. If you’re going to give excuses, they will eat you up.”

“The only way for him to happily retire with the Clippers is to go out and play every single night like we know he is capable of. I’m excited to see his bounce back season because he knows he didn’t do what he needed to do along with Kawhi in the playoffs.”

Former NBA champion and Boston Celtics’ legend Paul Pierce also chimed in and said, “He just has to go out there and be himself. One thing that can help him retire as a clipper is to go and win a championship. Go out and win a championship. It won’t matter what you do after that. If you want to retire a clipper, put up or shut up, that’s it and he has that ability.”

Can Paul George redeem himself in the Clippers?

Paul George missed multiple matches from the start of the season, he could not build the chemistry needed for the team.

While others clicked, George always felt out of place. His on-court performances were also unimpressive. When the playoffs came around, it looked like PG would step up. However, he was very inconsistent.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 24: New Clippers player Paul George speaks at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. George and Leonard were introduced to the media and fans as the newest members of the Clippers. (Photo by Scott Varley/MediaNews Group/Daily Breeze via Getty Images)

Unlike the previous one, Clippers aren’t the title favorites for this season. However the entire team, especially Paul George will be fired up to prove their doubters wrong.

The 6-time All-star over the years has become a lethal shooter. Despite having a disappointing playoff run, PG averaged 41.3% from the three point line. If he is in his element, he can decimate other teams’ defenses.

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New coach Tyronn Lue will try to build some cohesion within the team. If Paul George can replicate his 2018-19 numbers this season, we might be seeing a Clippers side ready to beat any team.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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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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