Why Paul George’s ESPN series is bad for the Lakers

Coming into the summer of 2018, it seemed like it was a foregone conclusion that Paul George was going to the Lakers. We have been hearing about George to the Lakers for past few years. Even before he was traded to OKC, you thought George would end up with the Lakers.

Now, with reports that the Lakers are concerned that George may sign elsewhere; George to the Lakers may never happen.

Here is another reason why George to L.A. may not happen. The 28-year-old George, who is a California native, has a three-part series airing on ESPN’s SportsCenter, which is documenting his free-agent decision.

The last man to have something similar was LeBron James back in 2010. James had a show titled The Decision. On this show,  which aired on ESPN, James announced his free agent decision. As we all know, James decided to leave Cleveland and take his talents to South Beach.

James took a massive beating from many different places after The Decision show. In Cleveland, his jersey was burned, and he was ripped mercilessly by players, media members, and fans alike. James, who was loved by many, became a villain.

The kind of backlash James received would not have happened if he did The Decision show and stayed in Cleveland.

“If I had to go back on it, I probably would do it a little bit different,”  James said in October 2010.

George does not seem like a guy who would be comfortable being a villain, and that is what he could become if he announces he is going elsewhere on ESPN.

With that being said, don’t expect George to leave the Thunder. He saw the backlash LeBron received eight years ago. He knows what could happen when you publicly diss a franchise on national TV.

Expect Part 3 of  “Paul George: My Journey,” to end with the five-time All-Star returning to Oklahoma City.

Russell Westbrook calls Zaza Pachulia ‘dirty'(Watch)

Warriors C Zaza Pachulia has been accused of being dirty by many in the NBA. He was called dirty for sliding underneath the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard in the Western Conference Finals last season, which caused Leonard to miss the whole series.

Last night, he was called dirty again. This time by OKC’s Russell Westbrook.

You be the judge:

Here is what Westbrook had to say after OKC’s 112-80 loss to the Warriors on Saturday night:

Pachulia called Westbrook’s allegations “childish.” I think I am going to side with Westbrook on this one.

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

Report: Paul George traded to OKC

According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Pacers have traded Paul George to OKC for Victor Oladipo and Domantis Sabonis.

Obviously, Russell Westbrook is excited! This one is a shocker!

Triple-double number 37 for Westbrook

Russell Westbrook has done it again! Westbrook recorded triple-double number 37 in a 92-91 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night. Westbrook hit the game-winning jump shot with 0:07 seconds left. He finished the night with 37pts, 13 rebs, and 10 asts.

Westbrook is now four triple-doubles away from tying the single season mark set by Oscar Robertson(41).

OKC has nine games left.

Russell Westbrook triple-double number 35!

Russell Westbrook has done it again. He notched triple-double number 35 in a victory against the 76ers. Westbrook is now six away from the all-time single season record for triple-doubles of 41, set by Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 season. Westbrook finished with 18 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds.

He was 6-6 from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line. Perfection! This was the first time in league history that anyone has recorded a triple-double while being perfect from the field and free throw line.

OKC has 11 games left.

Westbrook gets triple-double number 33

The Russell Westbrook triple-double show made a stop in Brooklyn last night; he messed around and got triple-double number 33. OKC defeated the Nets 122-104. Westbrook stat line was 25pts, 12 rebs and 19 assts. The Thunder are 27-6 when Westbrook messes around and gets a triple-double. In order for Westbrook to finish the season averaging a triple-double and being at 30ppg, he would need to average 21.8 ppg, 8.8 apg, and 7.5 rpg. Can he do it? I think he will.

If he finishes the season averaging a triple-double, he has to be the MVP.  I just can’t see how he could not be the MVP. What’s happening here is historic. This achievement warrants the MVP!

We’ll see if the MVP voters agree!