Paul George Leaves Cartoons Behind
Paul George projects his draft position somewhere between the late lottery and pick 29. His strong play during today’s Combine activities only added to the increasingly noisy buzz associated with the Fresno State star.
George doesn’t care where he is drafted, so long as he plays on the wing.
Paul George envisions himself as an NBA shooting guard, although he’s fine switching between the 2, 3, and 4, depending on the floor match-ups. But mark this: he doesn’t want to play center.
George is a self-made wing. And it’s a fun story.
George’s dalliance with tall began at an early age. During his early years of organized basketball, YMCA coaches preferred to play him at center, which he detested. So he struck back. He gave up cartoons.
“I stopped watching cartoons and practiced dribbling in the garage,” George explained. “I wanted to be a wing. Wasn’t gonna play center. Had to give up the cartoons.”
I laughed, but George would have none of it. “I liked those cartoons. They weren’t easy to give up.”
George was the best interview from Day 1. Calm, professional, confident, genuine.
George was surprised to learn of internet reports suggesting he wowed the Spurs during his May 13 workout.
“I don’t know about that, ” he explained. “It was my first workout and I got jittery when I saw Pop on the sidelines.”
George is not sure where he’ll be drafted. His biggest concern is landing with a team that will provide him the playing time he needs to succeed. The situation with the Spurs is attractive, and George sees a great opportunity for himself playing behind Manu Ginobili and Richard Jefferson. “Maybe Manu could teach me that Eurostep,” he joked.
But George is a hot name around the league, and, so far as we know, he possesses two functioning ACLs. It’s hard to see him slipping to the Spurs at 20. But he was one of a few attractive wings that could, however remote the possibility, slide to the Spurs at 20.