Clippers President Says Paul George Has Had a Productive Off-Season

The Los Angeles Clippers are going into the new season with a lot of hope that they could come out at the top of the standings. Kawhi Leonard seems to be on track to return fully healthy. John Wall was acquired in the off-season to add depth and scoring along with veteran leadership. Paul George has been working on his game tirelessly, and Lawrence Frank, President of Operations for the Clippers, has taken notice. 

The Clippers acquired George in a trade in 2019. Coming off a season where he was third in the MVP race, and pairing him with Kawhi Leonard, who just won a championship, seemed to be a championship in the making. However, the pair did not play much together due to injuries and have only appeared in 80 games in three years as a tandem. Also, George only played in 31 games last year, averaging 24 points per game and 5.7 assists per game, the highest in his career. 

Subsequently, George was criticized by the media and fans for underperforming in the playoffs due to inconsistent play in his first season in Los Angeles. That did not derail the seven-time all-star though known for his two-way play, offensively and defensively, and led the team the following season to the Conference Finals.

George reminded fans and players alike during the off-season that he is still capable of playing at the all-star caliber he is used to. He even showed up to the famed Rico Hines runs to play alongside other NBA players to improve his game. Frank has praised his consistency and has deemed it a "very productive off-season," for George. Also added that his leadership is to credit for helping acquire Wall to the team.

Clippers fans can be optimistic going into the new season, that their star players are putting in work and will be able to compete at the highest level. In a competitive Western Conference, the forgotten team in Los Angeles is hoping to make some noise, and George is looking forward to erasing some doubts. 

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