Clippers’ Paul George says he’s around 85-90%, aiming to return in November
LA Clippers star Paul George says he’s not back to 100% yet after offseason shoulder surgeries, but he’s feeling good with where he’s at and is hoping to be back in November:
Paul George says he's not 100% yet, but he's at around 85-90%. Says he's not far from a return for the #Clippers.
(per NBA TV)
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) September 29, 2019
The return date for Paul George is a bit of a moving target. But he told me today he’s out all of training camp and hoping to be back “November-ish” catch the full interview in @SportsCenter later today.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) September 29, 2019
George had surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder in May, and that was followed up by surgery to repair a labrum tear in his left shoulder about a month later. George’s shoulder injuries derailed what was a career season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 29-year-old was in the MVP conversation all season. While he was clearly third in the pecking order behind the historic seasons from Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, his averages of 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.2 steals were prolific numbers in their own right.
Unfortunately, George’s shooting fell off toward the end of the year, and he struggled with his long-distance shooting in the Thunder’s first-round series loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
With frustration mounting after another disappointing first-round exit, George asked the Thunder to trade him so he could play with Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles. The Clippers pulled off the coup of the offseason by giving up a ransom for George in order to pair him with Leonard, whom they signed in free agency.
Once George is healthy, LA will boast arguably the best duo in the NBA.