Paul George, LA Clippers (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
Even after putting together 12 Hall of Fame level seasons, Paul George refuses to sit back on his laurels. The All-Star selections, All-NBA squads, and praises he’s received for his defensive chops – make George beam with pride. However, one gaping hole remains, his lack of an NBA title.
George’s ringless fingers have pushed him to the end of his rope. As most of his NBA brethren were busy lighting the grill, enjoying family time, and taking in the sights of the fireworks from the 4th of July, George found no time in his busy schedule to take part.
“Happy 4th baby!”- @Yg_Trece pic.twitter.com/VWw5Vs64d3
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) July 4, 2022
Following another disappointing season in LA, George appears hellbent on ending the Clippers title drought. During the 2021-22 league year, the Clippers’ expectations were somewhat tempered down. The year prior, Kawhi Leonard, their multiple-time All-Star and two-time champion, crumbled in a heap due to a torn ACL and would miss the entirety of this past season.
In addition to Leonard being sidelined, George battled his own injury woes. The seven-time All-Star, following a strong start, missed a total of 51 games with torn ligaments in his right elbow.
Still, while George’s 2021-22 campaign was transient, when fully fit, he dominated. In 31 games, George would go on to average 24.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game.
Ultimately, without his help on a nightly basis, opposing teams took advantage of the Clippers’ weakened roster, resulting in just 42 victories.
As year four in LA is now on the horizon for George, the Clippers’ need to win its first championship has only intensified. In an effort to ensure their 2022-23 season ends in celebration, the Clippers have made several moves during the offseason.
For starters, LA has re-signed both Amir Coffey and Nicolas Batum to multi-year deals. Additionally, LA and former five-time All-Star John Wall, have agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Currently, LA has one roster spot remaining. But while the franchise will continually look for ways to improve, George is attempting to play his part during the offseason.
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