Report: Paul George’s reaction to Clippers’ playoff collapse drew ‘eye rolls and bewilderment’
Much has been made about Paul George’s disappointing run in the playoffs for the Los Angeles Clippers. He has been on the receiving end of a ton of criticism from virtually everywhere, but as it turns out, even his own teammates were not exactly happy with George following what was a rough postseason showing from the six-time All-Star, especially in Game 7 to complete the collapse against the Denver Nuggets.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, George’s Clippers teammates did not take too well to his rally cry at the end of the Nuggets series:
In the postgame locker room Tuesday night, George was preaching to teammates to remain committed, for all the players to return to the team this offseason and stay ready to make another run. It was met by some eye rolls and bewilderment, sources said, because George did not back up his words with action in the series and the team has multiple free agents with decisions to make. George scored 10 points on 4 of 16 shooting and 2 of 11 from 3-point range in the Game 7 defeat.
Charania also reports that George had multiple verbal spats with his teammates throughout the playoffs. There was already a report that came out about an incident with Montrezl Harrell, and this is now claiming that wasn’t an isolated event. Apparently these issues stemmed from other players on the team calling out George for “a lack of accountability from him.” Clearly, it is anything but sunny in LA at the moment, and PG seems to be in quite a precarious situation with the rest of the team.
While there has been some speculation that the Clippers may look to trade George, as of right now it appears that won’t happen. George and Leonard committed to play together, and they’ll likely give it another go next season.
However, with both players eligible to hit free agency in 2021, this situation is one to watch.