Are the lights of La La Land too bright for Paul George that he decided to stay in Oklahoma City? Some people would be inclined to think that way as they try to make a sense out of George choosing the Thunder over the Los Angeles Lakers by agreeing to a four-year deal with Oklahoma City this NBA offseason.
That’s not the same tune George is singing, however, as he has an entirely different reason for his choice, and he’s likely to stick by it regardless of how adamant people will be in asserting that he does not have the guts to prove himself in Hollywood.
In the third installment of his ESPN documentary, the 28-year-old swingman revealed that he merely wanted to stay loyal to Oklahoma City. Instead of chasing a ring with another team with an established legacy in terms of championship banners, George spoke about how he wanted to win a ring playing for the same championship-less franchise such as the Thunder.
“It’s more than just loyalty, it’s about doing what I think is right. I feel this is the best and perfect opportunity to cement myself and bring a championship where it hasn’t been brought. They’ve welcomed me with open arms, and I want them to feel that hype that I have toward what I think we can accomplish there. I want to be part of something that’s special and something that I’ve created. In Oklahoma, I think there is something I can create there.”