Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers completed their historic comeback against the Indiana Pacers last Friday (down 26 points in the first half) with a culminating victory last Sunday. Sweeping the first round series 4-0 right into the hearts of the people watching in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. However, no one had more heartaches when it comes to Indiana’s lone all-star, Paul George.
Year in and year out, Paul has been grinding out most of his summers simulating his every encounter with Lebron. Every season George has been putting kinks on his arsenal. He has been improving his defense, outside shooting and has been letting his teammates get more involved. But year in and year out Paul still came out the way he started. Just like in the dying seconds in Game four, his three point shot just failed to go in.
And here comes another summer… another wasted opportunity.
Truth be told, there is no other way to win a championship for George – win against Lebron and you win it all.
Indiana just lost its grit when George Hill, Roy Hibbert and David West were gone. Lance Stephenson went on hiatus and came back half the player he was before. Indiana consistently got into the playoffs and they consistently end it before June comes. Paul George is nowhere in the level of a Kevin Durant, Lebron James and Stephen Curry. He is considered as a second tier superstar, who just can’t figure out how to get to the next level. Paul just needs to be the consistent leader, the one like Lebron who just fills out the gap needed for the team. But he also needs a new environment. The first step towards success is taken when we refuse to be a captive of the environment in which we first find ourselves. George is already contemplating in signing with the Los Angeles Lakers when his contract ends this 2018. This could be a death wish to some, moving from a playoff team to a young and inexperienced one. The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings. Paul George has been stuck in a time loop, with so much familiarity and pain that it has affected his well-being. Indiana contemplated about trading him, which means they knew George is increasingly unhappy with his team.
The chance to press the reset button and play on his hometown seems an ideal place for George. The Lakers possesses a different kind of team fused with young and eager players and provides a different perspective to the game.
As the season ended, Paul George once again going to work this summer. This time it’s not going to be his encounter with Lebron James that motivates him. This is going to be about his decision and playing with the Lakers.
It’s going to be a really difficult mountain to climb, but it’s the first step to success. Change keeps Paul George moving, growing and interested.
Is he coming home and play with the Lakers?
All I can say is… it’s about time.