For SLAM 246, he posed up with the team’s black statement edition jersey, donning a stern, determined look. This comes around a year after George, alongside Kawhi Leonard, covered SLAM 240 — then, the focus lay on the doubled threat of the Clippers’ superstars.
Unfortunately, the Clippers duo did not do as much damage as they warned of in the magazine in the 2022-23 season. This time around, however, George will look to make his words come to fruition.
LA Clippers’ superstar Paul George makes a promise to his fans.
In an exclusive interview with SLAM Magazine, Paul George, a two-way star for the LA Clippers, talked about his approach to the season.
“Every night I’m on the floor, I’m there to dominate,” George said. “Whether it’s [being] more physical, or going right at whoever I gotta go at, you’re gonna feel me. I’m having that approach of every time I’m on the floor, I’m there to dominate and destroy you.”
His words reflected a tougher and more focused approach to the season than before. Though there is no denying the Palmdale, Calif. native’s gift at putting the ball inside the hoop, there have been times when he looked less confident.
Whether it was a sequence of missed shots or a bad playoff series, George, on a few occasions, did not attack the rim or shoot the ball as much or as confidently as he usually does. For instance, in game seven of the second-round series against the Denver Nuggets in 2020, the Fresno State product made just four shots in 16 attempts en route to an underwhelming 10-point performance.
What George now promises, however, is a more assertive, confident player who is ready to score, regardless of when, where and who is guarding him.
“And that’s just my approach—I got to finish strong and go back to loving the game and loving to dominate,” George said. “And again, that’s just how I got to approach it. [If] I come up short, that’s on me. But that’s how I gotta approach it.”