Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George couldn't hide his happiness after being selected to the All Star Game. George, who performed disappointingly in the playoffs last year, received lots of criticism after the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets.
George entered the offseason motivated to bounce back this year and prove the doubters wrong and so far he has been doing that. "With all the noise, everything going on, you find motivation through it," George said of all the criticism that he's heard since the Clippers' collapse in the second round last postseason, per ESPN.
"You dig deep. And you'd be amazed what comes out of it. It was honestly just using everything as motivation, fueling all of that toward this year. "[All-Star] is a good milestone, the start of how my season is going.
But definitely [not] where I want it to end. So I got a lot more work to do."
George voices concerns over the All Star Game
Several NBA stars, most notably four-time NBA champion LeBron James, argued against holding the All Star Game during the pandemic.
"I am just not a fan of it with everything going on," George said. "I think it is just smart [to not hold one] ... I get we have an amazing league, I'm not discrediting that. But I don't think -- just in the middle of a pandemic -- it is something that needs to be had."
George was fined this season over a health and safety protocol precaution. "Especially, [for] personal reasons, I got fined for spending time with a teammate, or having a teammate over and yet we are having this All-Star Game," George explained.
"So again I got personal reasons why I disagree with the game [being held]." Clippers head coach Ty Lue is also happy for George as he never doubted in the abilities of his star. "He's always been an All-Star, you know in my eyes," Clippers coach Ty Lue said.
"He's one of the top two-way players in our league, you know he has been for a while." "He deserves it, and the kind of year he's having, you know this year, it just shows the hard work he put in over the summer to get back to this point." George is averaging 24.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists this season.