It’s something of an open secret at this point that the Los Angeles Clippers were a huge disappointment last year.
Although they were a trendy pick to win the title, they completely fell apart in the bubble – culminating in Doc Rivers getting his walking papers, owner Steve Ballmer wanting to trade everyone and and fire all the coaches, and a massive off-season scramble to acquire more talent.
So will history repeat itself this year? In George’s mind, the answer is no.
As far as he is concerned, he is in a much better place now that he doesn’t have to play in the NBA Bubble.
“Well I think this year it’s been easier because I have outlets,” George said, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.
“You know, I’m able to live a normal life. I can go home, I can see my family, I can spend time with my family, I can interact with other people outside of this team. And so that alone has just been a big difference to be back to some normalcy.
“It’s a big difference from the bubble life to where I’m at now from a headspace standpoint.”
And now that George is in a healthy head space, the rest of the league is officially on notice – the Clippers are here to win a championship in 2021.
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Earlier this year, George went in great detail explaining why he deserves more respect. An important first step will be a successful playoff run this season.
If George is ultimately successful in leading LA to a title – all his past sins will be forgotten.
Should the team flame out in the postseason once more, however – expect the George slander to come back stronger than ever.