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Paul George ‘wanted to go home’ to play for Lakers; his hometown hopes he still does

first_img Heisler: Lakers dream of LeBron James, even a middle-aged one “My reaction was surprised and also excited for him that he gets to play with Russ (Russell Westbrook),” said George’s high school teammate Olando Miller, “but it sucked he didn’t come to L.A.”George has maintained his All-Star play alongside Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City, averaging 20.6 points and 5.5 rebounds, helping the surging Thunder to a 20-17 record and fifth place in the Western Conference.He is widely expected to exercise his player option this summer, however, with the Lakers expected to be his most aggressive suitor, even after the NBA fined the franchise $500,000 for tampering in August.The Thunder, of course, will fight to keep the four-time All-Star. Westbrook was long expected to consider the Lakers in free agency, too, but in September he signed a $205 million contract extension that will keep him with the Thunder through 2023.The Hawthorne native and former UCLA star said the Thunder will not need to make a sales pitch to keep George.“Sales pitch is going to be when we win the championship,” Westbrook said. “Beat that pitch.”George can’t duck questions about the Lakers, however, and he doesn’t really seem to mind them. Before leaving Oklahoma City on Tuesday, he told local reporters that the deal that landed him in the Sooner State was a win-win, but that he did not regret that his desire to play for the Lakers became public.“All that was said was a destination I would have loved to go to,” he said. “There wasn’t a gun pointed to the head, ‘Hey, send me here.’ I just stated somewhere I wanted to go play. You ask 80, 70 percent of guys in the league if they would love to go back home and play for their city, play for their home.”On Wednesday, George reiterated those sentiments while speaking glowingly about playing in front of friends and family at Staples Center, something that harkens back to his childhood.“This has just been a tradition within the household,” he said, “to watch Laker games.”Following the Thunder’s shootaround at UCLA on Wednesday, George called the league’s tampering investigation of the Lakers “kind of comical,” and said it was based on his relationship with assistant coach Brian Shaw.“The only thing me and B-Shaw ever spoke about was fishing,” George said, “and challenge each other on fishing trips. B-Shaw has way, way, way better class than to try to recruit me.”When the league announced the fine on Aug. 31, it singled out communication by Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka with George’s agent Aaron Mintz that the league determined “constituted a prohibited expression of interest in (George) while he was under contract.”ESPN reported Wednesday that the league did investigate George’s relationship with Shaw, a Pacers assistant from 2011-13, but determined it did not violate tampering rules.The people of Palmdale, meanwhile, do not fall under the NBA’s jurisdiction, nor can they be penalized for tampering. They are free to recruit George all they want.“I know Paul, he’s a very loyal guy,” Hegre said Tuesday morning, before stepping into practice to prepare his 9-4 Hawks for a nonleague game the next night against Hart High in Newhall. “I know his loyalties are with the Thunder.”And while the high school coach said he has not discussed free agency plans with his former star, he too appreciates the potential storyline of him coming home.“It really is nice when it is a local guy,” Hegre said. “To cheer for the hometown hero. I don’t know if anybody knows whether that’s going to become a reality or not. He may retire with OKC.”Until then, George’s hometown will be hoping. His high school teammate will be hoping.“It’s kind of crazy just to think that a buddy of mine could possibly play for the team that we grew up watching,” Miller said, “and grew up loving.” LOS ANGELES — When Paul George decided that after seven seasons he no longer wished to player for the Indiana Pacers, he approached the team’s management and asked them to trade him to the Lakers.“I wanted to go home,” George said Wednesday morning, hours before leading the Oklahoma City Thunder into Staples Center. “Simple as that.”With George speaking wistfully about what might have been last summer, his hometown is holding out hope for what could still be. The Lakers have failed to recruit top free agents each of the last four summers, but they have built their strategy for the 2018 offseason around signing two superstars to lead a young core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.They hope one of those stars will be George, who grew up an hour from downtown Los Angeles. For the more than 150,000 residents of Palmdale, on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Lakers’ pursuit of George is a constant source of local gossip.“Obviously living in the middle of Laker nation I get that a lot,” said George’s coach at Knight High School, Tom Hegre. “People saying, ‘Man, I hope he’s a Laker next year.’”It goes to the highest levels of city government, with a mayor who identifies as a Lakers fan.“The anticipation is something that people are kind of watching,” Mayor Jim Ledford said this week, “hoping that this thing unfolds the way we hope it does.”The Lakers made their pitch for George last year, but hours before the opening of free agency on July 1, the Pacers traded him to the Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Woods Park Open brings out 61 disc golfers and plenty of winners

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Skyler Struble of Wellington was one of the 61 disc golfers at Wellington’s Woods Park Open. Disc golfers spent the day going through the 18-basket course twice.Sumner Newscow report – The Woods Park Open held in Wellington on June 25 brought out 61 disc golfers.The official results are below. Photo gallery of the event can be found here. The feature story on the tournament can be found here.MPO Brandon Nelson 58 52 110MPO Ben Maass 59 59 118MPO Mike Unruh 65 58 123MPO Andy Horning 62 62 124MPO Lupe Esquivel 61 66 127MPO Russ Horning 63 65 128MPM Chris Smith 53 54 107MPM Shan Mann 57 64 121MPM Chris Dendurent 68 62 130MPM Greg Larmer 63 68 131MPM Lance Roberts 67 66 133MPM Isaac Dimmit 71 63 134MPM James McLaughlin 71 72 143MPM Arty Hicks 80 75 155MM1 Craig Winters 69 67 136MM1 Lee Penner 70 70 140MA3 Will Gibson 67 67 134MA3 Joel Winter 70 65 135MA3 Geno James 68 68 136MA3 Breck Lund 72 67 139MA3 Chuck Hickey 75 70 145MA3 Darren Odell 81 73 154MA3 Tyler James 75 81 156MA2 Skyler Struble 59 69 128MA2 Spencer Hickey 68 65 133MA2 Nathan Brenner 71 66 137MA2 Jeffrey Burdiek 71 67 138MA2 Isaiah Esquivel 68 72 140MA2 Aaron Suiter 71 71 142MA2 Cody Ervin 72 72 144MA2 Don McCaig 74 72 146MA2 Matthew Siri 77 70 147MA2 Brad Kohl 74 73 147MA2 Patrick Schroeder 77 72 149MA2 Jarod Wiens 68 82 150MA2 Josh Kelley 75 76 151MA2 Colton Whaley 78 77 155MA2 Scott Carpenter 84 80 164MA2 Cason Bahr 77 999 DNFMA2 Butch Stewart 79 999 DNFMA2 Nick Layton 84 999 DNFMA1 Tyler Janney 54 65 119MA1 Braden Struble 59 66 125MA1 Brady Delp 59 66 125MA1 Quentin Ray 63 65 128MA1 Jason Adkins 58 70 128MA1 Adam Gate 65 68 133MA1 Jeff Ring 63 70 133MA1 Branden Rusk 73 61 134MA1 Matthew Newton 64 70 134MA1 Kyle Grim 69 66 135MA1 Nick Hunt 70 66 136MA1 Josh Sapp 66 70 136MA1 Lance Small 74 70 144MA1 Austin Dunn 72 999 DNFFPO Cae Morris 66 70 136FPO Miranda Fulton 69 75 144FPO Carol Schonlau 77 71 148FA2 Kristina Hickey 86 79 165FA2 Heather Kohl 89 82 171.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more