Paul George on why he wanted to leave Indy: ‘I kind of felt a rebuild coming’

Thunder F Paul George played with the Pacers for seven years. During that time, George and the Pacers went to the Eastern Conference Finals twice, but ran into LeBron and the Heat. Over time, the Pacers got old, and ultimately, they went from the top of the Eastern Conference to barely making the playoffs the past two years.

George, who told the Pacers that he would not return to the team at the end of next season, explained to SI’s Lee Jenkins why he was going to leave the Pacers in the summer of 2018:

 “Here I am, the last guy, and I kind of felt a rebuild coming. I felt like the window had closed. I thought they were going in a different direction and I wanted to go in a different direction.

Ultimately, George was traded to OKC, and is very happy to get the help that he needs to compete:

“I’m thrilled,” George says. “All I was asking for was a little help in Indy. Now I’m getting a lot of help in Oklahoma.”

If things go well in OKC, George would be willing to stay with the Thunder:

“I grew up a Lakers and a Clippers 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. I’m not a stats guy. 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.”

If a few things go right, the Thunder could make it to the conference finals, but beating the Warriors is a long shot!i

LaVar Ball on Lonzo taking advice from Kobe: ‘Zo’s got to play his game’

LaVar Ball is at it again. We have seen how Kobe Bryant has helped Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas during these playoffs. Maybe Kobe could do to the same for other young players, including Lonzo Ball. LaVar Ball disagrees. Ball joined Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ Show on ESPN 710 in LA, and gave his thoughts on whether Kobe could help his son:

“I don’t need advice from Kobe Bryant. Zo’s got to play his game.”

Ball went on to say:

“If they’re at practice and he sees something and Lonzo listens to him or whatever, he’s good. … But it’s just not, ‘OK, I’m talking to Kobe, so now I’m going to be good.’ If Kobe sees something that Zo is doing, then go from there. But I’m not trying to pattern after nobody.”  

It probably could not hurt Lonzo to take advice from Kobe, but maybe daddy knows best!

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas getting advice from Kobe

Isaiah Thomas did it all last night in game 2 against the Wizards. When they needed him the most(4th Qtr & OT), Thomas scored 29 of his career high 53 points, and he did it on his late sister Chyna’s 23rd birthday. Why has Thomas been playing so well? We may have found the reason. According to A. Sherrod Blakely, Thomas has been doing some film study with the “Mamba.” He has been getting support from Kobe Bryant since game 2 against the Bulls.

“He was going over my film with me, and teaching me things he looks at when he watches film. That’s probably been a big help for me,” Thomas said. 

Thomas said Bryant reached out to him after the death of his sister.

If he keeps playing like this, Thomas might need talk to Bryant all the time.