Clippers news: Paul George hopes L.A. tenure is the 'closing of my journey
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Paul George hopes Clippers tenure is the ‘closing of my journey’

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PLAYA VISTA – Paul George is back home in Southern California, and while other stops in the NBA didn’t pan out as planned, he’s hoping his third team will be his last. The forward was traded to the LA Clippers, now playing just an hour away from his hometown of Palmdale, California.

At Friday morning’s shootaround, George expressed his happiness to be back home once again

“This journey has been a blessing,” said George ahead of tonight’s matchup against the Rockets. “Not a lot of people get to say they played back home.”

All summer, George expressed how excited he was to be back home where his journey began as a a kid. He even put out a tremendous piece for The Players Tribune called ‘The Other Side Of The Mountain,’ where he talked about growing up in Palmdale and playing basketball in the San Fernando Valley.

George cited the desire to have his tenure with the Clippers be the end of his professional basketball journey.

“Honestly, I’m hoping that this is the closing of my journey — to be able to finish here in LA. It’s a great chapter, great last part of my book, hopefully. I’m looking forward to doing big things here.”

Big things meaning things that have never been done in franchise history: reaching a conference finals, reaching an NBA Finals, and winning an NBA Championship.

In his first four games with the Clippers, George is averaging 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 4.0 three-pointers per game on 53 percent shooting from the field and 47.1 percent from beyond the arc.