Russell Westbrook’s explosion about Paul George being snubbed in 2018 All-Star game showing big steps in the potential re-signing of Paul George in free agency this summer.
On Wednesday, George spoke to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols (h/t ESPN.com’s Royce Young) that he thought i twas “awesome” Westbrook went and stood up for the former Indiana pacer after the coaches snubbed George as a Western Conference All-Star reserve.
George then took it a step further:
“Russ is the reason why this decision is becoming even more easier to make, is the character Russ [has],” George said. “A stand-up guy, and he has his teammate’s back.”
George then said it went in a little more on what he meant: “It was awesome for a teammate to have your back and to stand up. And to be honest, he should be a starter. He’s been the MVP, been the best player at his position. He should’ve been a starter. But that’s another story. But the fact Russ had my back, that’s my guy forever, and it’s more apparent what this decision needs to be made when it comes down to it.”
Westbrook after Tuesday’s 109-108 win over the Brooklyn Nets exploded when asked by our own Brady Trantham on his thoughts with George being snubbed.
“Unbelievable. I think it’s just outrageous in my opinion,” Westbrook said. “I don’t know who else made the team, but I know you got guys with four people from one team. You got guys complaining about being snubbed so they can get in. You got guys that just talk about it all the time, but the guys that deserve it should be in it. I just don’t understand. It doesn’t make any sense a guy that leads the league in steals, compete every night, top two in his position, it don’t make any sense regardless of anything else… Everybody’s not an All-Star. Just because you get voted in don’t mean you’re an All-Star. I just think it’s outrageous.”
George has been heaven sent since arriving from Indiana in a trade in June. George is averaging 20.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game, first in the NBA, while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from three, a career high.
With the duo of George and Westbrook on the floor, the Thunder have outscored opponents by almost eight points per 100 (7.7).
Since starting 8-12, George and the Thunder have turned it around. Oklahoma City is 19-8 since with George averaging 21.3 points per game on 44.3 percent three-point shooting.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!