As the Oklahoma City Thunder prepare for their next game on Wednesday versus the Indiana Pacers, they understand it will be a special moment for Paul George, as he will make his return to the city he represented for the first seven seasons of his NBA career.
While he has made it known in the past that he has no ill feelings toward his former team and the whole of Indiana, the four-time All-Star forward shared recently that he expects to get booed the whole night. He also added, via Royce Young of ESPN, that he does not see things to happen differently during the game.
Paul George on what he expects returning to Indiana: “Boos. I honestly wouldn’t expect it to be any other way.” pic.twitter.com/4VUET1BEGH
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) December 12, 2017
George was traded to the Thunder in the offseason after he informed the Pacers that he would opt to become a free agent after this campaign. The team did not want to risk seeing him walk away without getting anything in return, leading to their front office to pull the trigger on the Thunder’s offer to send Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, and a future draft pick in exchange for his services.
Now with the Thunder, George and company have not had a lot of success so far this season, and are struggling to string some wins together. They only have a 12-14 record to show entering Wednesday’s matchup, but a win against the Pacers will be a huge confidence booster for George and the team, which could set them up for a strong run in their upcoming games.