The 28-year-old Thunder superstar received a negative reaction from fans during player introductions ahead of his Oklahoma City Thunder facing off against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Staples Center just booed Paul George as loud as I've heard them boo anyone. pic.twitter.com/mhYr0UDoNJ
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) January 3, 2019
Lakers fans with a "warm" welcome for PG. (?⬆️) pic.twitter.com/5BYnTm1yiF
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 3, 2019
The backlash carried over into the action, as George was booed whenever he touched the ball.
“It was fun, it was fun,” George said of the boos. “I look forward to the second time, later this season, where I’ll be booed [in Indiana], and that’s in the Midwest. It was fun. I enjoyed it regardless. The booing wasn’t going to throw me off my game. I’ve been playing basketball for a really long time and a little booing and a little noise is not going to make me forget how to play basketball.”
PG13 finished with 37 points on 15-of-29 shooting in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 107-100 win.
“I’m not the only SoCal kid from this area that didn’t play here,” George said when asked about the jeers Wednesday. “But I took it with respect. This is an unbelievable organization. [I have] the utmost respect for everybody in their [front] office, for this city. You know, I’m a SoCal native. It’s always love here, regardless of the boos tonight. I mean, it is what it is. I came out here, I played my heart out and I just have fun with it.”
Lakers fan should cheer him next time, there’s no doubt he used as motivation.
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