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Paul George grew up a Clippers fan, wanted to be drafted by them

Despite the media traction nearly suiting him in purple-and-gold for the start of the 2018-19 NBA season, Paul George actually grew up an L.A. Clippers‘ fan and wanted to be drafted by the organization. This poses a vast difference from the myriad of reports that have come out about him wanting to be with the Los Angeles Lakers by the start of next season once he becomes a free agent.

“I grew up a Lakers and a Clippers fan,” George told Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports, who claims he’s interviewed the All-Star forward hundreds of times and has never heard him say he was a Lakers’ fan.

“I idolized Kobe. There will always be a tie here, a connection here. People saying I want to come here… who doesn’t want to play for their hometown? That’s a dream come true, if you’re a kid growing up on the outskirts of L.A., to be the man in your city. But it’s definitely been overstated. For me, it’s all about winning. I want to be in a good system, a good team. I want a shot to win it.”

The newly-introduced Oklahoma City Thunder forward would rule out staying put if he and running mate Russell Westbrook manage to make a deep run in the postseason.

“I’m not a stats guy,” said George. “I’m playing this game to win and build a legacy of winning. I’ve yet to do that. I’m searching for it.”

“If we get a killer season in Oklahoma, we make the conference finals or upset the Warriors or do something crazy, I’d be dumb to want to leave that.”