Paul George’s honest comments on being at Lakers’ ring ceremony on opening night

Brad Sullivan
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Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Paul George undoubtedly expected to win a title when he joined the team last year, but now will be forced to watch the Los Angeles Lakers receive that prized jewelry instead.

That’s because the Clippers open up their 2020-21 season on Tuesday night at Staples Center as the road team. Despite this situation, George is looking to use the event as motivation for the upcoming campaign.

The Lakers finished the interrupted 2019-20 season with the top record in the Western Conference, but since no team enjoyed home-court advantage, the Clippers were fully expecting to play for a title.

After struggling in six games to defeat the Dallas Mavericks in the opening round, the Clippers were seemingly on track to contend for a conference title as well as a league championship.

That’s because the Clippers held a 3-1 advantage in a semifinal series against the Denver Nuggets before suffering a meltdown that sent them home two rounds short of their goal.

George’s postseason performance was especially under fire and the Clippers’ head coach, Doc Rivers, ended up getting fired as a result of the collapse.

Of course, LeBron James has always had an insatiable thirst for championships and will again be joined by Anthony Davis by his side. George’s motivation may be high, but dethroning a championship Lakers team will again be a stiff challenge.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.