Almost a year ago to the day, Paul George arrived in Los Angeles with Kawhi Leonard to bring the Clippers into a new dimension. A real masterstroke succeeded by the franchise, and its whimsical owner Steve Ballmer, because it automatically placed itself among the favorites for the title.
Twelve months later, the COVID-19 crisis requires, Californians have fallen behind on their goals. They will have to wait until October to hope to win the first Larry O’Brien trophy in their history.
As for the 30-year-old winger, he had a mixed season due to physical problems in the shoulder and then in the thigh. However, he still believes as much in his troops and says he is delighted within this organization. The way of being the former CEO of Microsoft helping a lot, as told by “PG13” in the Knuckleheads podcast.
« It’s about the culture he wants to build here. He tells us over and over: ‘Come see me if something we need or want isn’t in the locker room. I want this to be the preferred destination for each player on the start. I want to build a story here ‘. He has understood who the owner was before him and he wishes to break away from him. Honestly, this is a chance. »
Involvement, presence and dedication
The least we can say is that Steve Ballmer has nothing to do with Donald Sterling, at the head of the Clippers between 1981 and 2014 before he was suspended for life by the league for his racist remarks. .
Passionate, the current owner is indeed never the last when it comes to spending to make his franchise competitive, to improve his comfort, to vociferate to encourage his players at the edge of the court or even to participate in the animations! ” It is not a spectacle. He doesn’t try to attract attention. It’s him, he’s 100% all the time Adds Paul George.
And to continue, always on the endearing personality of the boss. ” After the games he sends us messages and says: ‘Good job, you hung on and you all fought’. […] He is still with us. After the games, he is waiting for us in the corridors. When we finish the meetings, he congratulates us and claps our hands, we have the impression that he is among us. He’s not just an owner, he’s part of this team. It’s a real pleasure to play for him, to do things well for him. We want to win a title for him. »