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Paul George Reveals Why He Chose His Jersey Number Eight

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Over the past few years, the Los Angeles Clippers were thought to be a serious force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference after the team signed superstar forward Kawhi Leonard and made a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire fellow superstar Paul George.

Although the Clippers were thought to have a short championship window, the team kept making moves to improve the roster, as they added future Hall of Famers Russell Westbrook and James Harden to the squad, which resulted in the team having arguably the most talented team in the league.

Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the team fell apart due to injuries to George and Leonard and the team was never able to live up to expectations, and now that era is officially over.

George decided to leave his hometown in order to join forces with Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey on the Philadelphia 76ers, making them a potential perennial title contender moving forward.

With George starting fresh yet again, the journeyman has decided to make a change to his jersey number, as he chose No. 8 to honor Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, as he said on his podcast recently via Kobe Bryant Stories & Motivation.

Paul George chose #8 on the Sixers, honoring his idol Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/bvv6Z68R0t

— Kobe Bryant Stories & Motivation (@kobehighlight) July 7, 2024

George is one of many Los Angeles natives who worshipped Bryant and tried to model their game after him. He was fortunate enough to have a relationship with him during the latter part of his professional career.

Fortunately for George, he’ll have a decent chance to contend for a title in Philadelphia while playing alongside Embiid and Maxey.

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