Six-time NBA All Star forward Paul George says he "owes" the Los Angeles Clippers a first NBA Championship after signing a supermax extension with the team. George, who was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Clippers in the summer of 2019, agreed on a five-year, $226 million deal with the Clippers this week.
"I owe them a trophy," George said about the Clippers, as quoted on Sports Illustrated. "This is where I want to be. This is home. I'm at home. I want to build a real foundation. Ultimately this is where I want to leave the biggest imprint."
After his first season with the Clippers, George made it clear he wanted to spend the rest of his career with the team from Los Angeles. George, 30, and the Clippers then agreed on a long-term deal. "This deal was more about my loyalty to this team and this organization," George said.
George previously had stints with the Indiana Pacers and Thunder. "I loved everywhere that I've been, but at this point of my career this is where I want my biggest legacy to be," George claimed.
George explained the Clippers' playoff collapse
The Clippers failed to reach the NBA Western Conference Finals after an epic collapse in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets.
The Clippers, who were the favorites to beat the Nuggets, blew a 3-1 lead against the Nuggets. "It was tough, because we were confident," George told former NBA player Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes on "All The Smoke" podcast.
"We went up 3-1, we felt like, we're going to win the next one. We lost. We [were] like, cool, we're up 3-2, we gonna win the next one. We lost. But during that whole process, we never worked on adjustments. We never worked on what to do differently.
We just literally having the same s--- happen over and over again. It started to play a trick on you like, man, what's going on?" George and the Clippers never thought they would really lose to the Nuggets. "We are talking amongst each other like the conversation is, we are going to be all right.
The conversation should have been like, nah, we need to change this, we need to switch this up. I don't think we deserved it. We wasn't prepared enough going into it. ... We didn't put the work into it. It was kind of just like, yo, we got PG, we got Kawhi [Leonard], Lou [Williams], Trezz [Montrezl Harrell].
We going to be straight; we are going to figure it out," George added. It remains to be seen if George can lead the Clippers to their first NBA title this coming season.