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It hasn’t taken long for Paul George to make his presence felt with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“He’s learning a new team, new culture, new environment, new situations,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan told reporters (via the Oklahoman). “The fact of the matter is he has a lot of experience under his belt from where he’s been in his career that I think he can bring to help our team, to help guys in the locker room and help different players in terms of what they may be dealing with. There’s no question, his experience and his voice will be important.”
George is a 6-foot-8 wing who came over in a trade with the Indiana Pacers — a team he practically willed to the playoffs last season after years of success.
Now, he won’t have to do it alone. Not only do the Thunder boast reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, but they also acquired former New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in a trade.
“Honestly, in this league, it’s hard to do it alone,” George said. “You know, Russ averages a triple-double (last season) and he couldn’t get out of the first round.”
The Thunder have their sights set on more than that, as George indicated he expects them to challenge the mighty Golden State Warriors for Western Conference supremacy.
Sound far-fetched? Maybe. But with the likes of George, Westbrook and Anthony, you never know how long the Thunder can roll.