by Nick Hamilton (@NickHamiltonLA)/ (@NitefallMedia)
LOS ANGELES – Clippers forward Paul George has gone through a location change since the summer trade that brought him to Los Angeles from the Oklahoma City Thunder, and rehabbing his shoulder from surgery to repair his right rotator cuff and left labrum. Through it all from finding a home, to commercials, George has remained focused on one thing — returning to the court in a Clippers uniform to contribute with his fellow teammates like Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams, Pat Beverley and the rest of the squad.
He practiced on Saturday without any limitations, and emphatically stated during a media session at the Clippers Training Facility, “I’m tired of rehabbing. It sucks,”
George continued, “But, you know, I’m here for the long run. I’m here for the long haul.”
George being the perfectionist he is, wanted make sure he’s in sync and won’t disrupt any chemistry the team currently has. He missed training camp and the preseason, so the team will insert him back in the lineup soon. With a timetable of his return still being a mid-November date, the possibility of him doing in Los Angeles could be high.
“From a health standpoint, I feel great. But I think with rhythm especially, with where these guys are at right now in their season, they’re flowing right now, so I just want to come in with an easy transition.”
When George returns, and gets back in basketball shape look out, between himself, Beverley and Leonard that defensive juggernaut will reign supreme over opposing offenses throughout the NBA.
According head coach Doc Rivers, George could make his debut on Monday against the NBA champion Toronto Raptors at Staples Center.
On Sunday George was honored at Fresno State with the school retiring his jersey number.