A day after Russell Westbrook called his All-Star snub "outrageous", Paul George told ESPN it was "awesome" to see his Thunder teammate have his back, while also noting Westbrook is making George's future free-agency decision "easier" to make.
"Top two in his (Paul George's) position", said the Thunder star who was picked as a reserve. "I'm gonna tell them something about that, '" George said. And to be honest, he should be a starter.
"I don't know who else made the team, but I know four people from one team". "And then going two years not getting there, this one I just wanted to get back because I felt like it was something they didn't want to give me".
But Westbrook's case meant a lot to George. I just don't understand.
George is still an upcoming free agent and has not shied away from claiming that he will take time to make a decision this summer and that the Lakers are on his short list of choices. "It don't make any sense, regardless of anything else... I think it's outrageous but it is what it is". "Coach said we have to do something unique tonight and that's what the great teams do, and I feel like we're trending in the right direction".
The only way for Westbrook's comments to make free agency easier for George would be if George were already leaning toward staying with Oklahoma City. The Thunder, though, still lead the league in steals as a team with 9.4 per game and George is a big reason for that.
The MVP's rant about George's All-Star snub was something that he appreciated and described it as "awesome". Meanwhile, he is averaging 20.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. "He's even a better person, and I know that has nothing to do with the All-Star ballot, but I was just disappointed, because if they're picking the 12 elite players in the West, 12 elite in the East, he is without question one of the 12 elite players in the West".
The New York Knicks are expected to be sellers at the trade deadline with a 21-27 record that has them four games out of the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference, and as such, are openly shopping four players, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.