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Paul George Isn’t Paying for More Than 10 People to Watch Him Not Play Basketball
Paul George wrote a new blog post talking about the Pacers’ recent road trip to his coast. He’s from the Los Angeles-area so it was a home-coming of sorts for him — one he was looking forward to since he hadn’t seen most of his family since the season started.
Per usual for young NBA players, he had a hoard of family members, friends and supporters who wanted to come watch the Pacers play the Lakers. But the Lakers being the Lakers, it’s not as if he could just ask the waterboy to go score him 50 extra seats next to Jack, Denzel and Leo.
He didn’t want to disappoint people. But he also knew he wasn’t going to be playing.
So he came up with a compromise.
I had about 20 to 30 people come out, I mean high school teachers, a little bit of everybody. That’s just how big my community is back home. It’s not easy to get extra tickets for a Lakers game. I bought 10 tickets. But a lot of other people were supportive and they bought their own tickets.
At first my dad was like, ‘You know you’ve got 20-30 people coming.’ And I said, ‘You know I’m only paying for 10.’ So he let everybody know and that made it easier for me, especially since I wasn’t playing. It was tough buying tickets and they didn’t even get to see me play.
It was tough not playing that night. That was definitely a game that I circled but it turned out how it did. I’ll have my chance eventually. And we do come back to L.A. next month to play the Clippers (on Jan. 17).
Hopefully everyone will get to catch a few Paul George dunks that night.
You can also read some of his thoughts from earlier in the year here.