The Los Angeles Clippers will need a healthy Paul George in order to live up to expectations this season
Paul George has recently revealed that he’s going to miss the preseason and the start of the regular season as he continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. The hope is that he could make his season debut in November.
George is coming off one of his best seasons in recent history but struggled towards the latter portion of the year due to his shoulder injuries, which he addressed this offseason. Perhaps, when he returns, we could see the best version of George that we’ve ever seen.
Paul George’s two surgeries are enough motivation for him to get ready for this season. While he has to take a break from the game as he continues to rehab, this in no way is a setback. This is an opportunity to show the world that he is still getting better, and can still play at an elite level on both ends of the floor.
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That’s the hope that the Clippers have, as they hope George and Kawhi Leonard will create one of the most fierce combos in the NBA, and certainly in the Western Conference. The Clippers are currently one of the favorites to win the 2019-20 NBA Championship, and one of the primary reasons why is George.
It’s going to be interesting to see which Paul George we see after he makes his season debut with the Clippers. Will he look like his old, elite self or will he have to knock off some rust?
To add on to the update on Paul George, the NBA has also come together with the owners of the league to create new tampering rules and to no surprise, Paul George is at the center of that attention.
Because of the way that Paul George made his way to the Los Angeles Clippers, there’s going to be an assurance that the all NBA team’s contracts can be avoided. This means that teams can lose draft picks and players can get fined by the NBA.
The NBA now has the power to fine teams to up to $10 million for tampering.
This is just the beginning, though. The NBA can also suspend any team executive for tampering. NBA players can be tampering just by talking to other players and trying to convince them to come to their team. Those kinds of talks can lead to being fined up to $10 million.
How do you feel about these new tampering rules and fines? How do you think players like Paul George will respond to these rules?