Paul George has spoken out in defense of his former teammate and Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook, the 2017 MVP who is one of the greatest players of all time.
George, 32, spent two seasons playing with Westbrook on the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2017-19, and he came face-to-face with his former backcourt mate on Thursday night.
George’s team had 15 points, ten rebounds and four assists to help the LA Clippers get their first win of the season as the Lakers narrowly missed out by six points in a 103-97 loss.
After the game, George told reporters that he doesn’t understand the negative press surrounding Westbrook after joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Lakers.
Paul George Russell defended Westbrook: “It’s tough when you have the pressure they put on him here. Honestly, the roster wasn’t designed for him…he was easily a 30-10-10 guy when he held the keys to the team. We can’t forget about that.” pic.twitter.com/s9OD2lSoWg
– Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) October 21, 2022
The former OKC star is +15,000 to win a second MVP award in NBA betting, but his odds could drop if a trade happens before the end of next year.
Indiana was considered a landing spot for Westbrook in a package that included big man Myles Turner and sharpshooter Buddy Hield.