Clippers' Paul George Hoping to Return 'November-ish' from Shoulder Injuries

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2019

Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team introduce Paul George at a press conference at the Green Meadows Recreation Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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The Los Angeles Clippers will likely be without forward Paul George for their Oct. 22 season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers

George told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN he will miss all of training camp and is looking to return to the floor by "November-ish."

The six-time All-Star underwent shoulder surgery this offseason.

George is one of the best players in the league as a five-time All-NBA selection and four-time All-Defensive selection who led the NBA in steals per game last season. He averaged 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.2 steals a night in 2018-19 while playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Clippers added George and Kawhi Leonard this offseason, and the former wasted no time saying they can be the best duo in the league:

Los Angeles is on the short list of title contenders in large part because of that combination, but the incumbent group that includes Patrick Beverley, Ivica Zubac, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, among others, pushed the Golden State Warriors in last season’s playoffs.

The Clippers figure to play deep into the season and playoffs, and having a healthy George in May is far more important than October.

The shoulder issues appeared to impact his game at the end of his tenure with the Thunder, and delaying his return until he is 100 percent will help the Clippers prevent a similar situation.


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