The REAL Reason Why Paul George LEFT Russell Westbrook For Kawhi & The Clippers (Ft. NBA Trade)

Jul 10, 2019
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Paul George left Russell Westbrook and the Thunder for Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers with a trade, but why? #NBA #PaulGeorge #Westbrook
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By now we all know that Paul George is a Clipper, that he demanded a trade from the Thunder, that he was unhappy with the Thunder and with Russell Westbrook, but why?

The NBA never stops man, now Russell Westbrook will most likely get traded, but this is now the second time in 3 years that an All-Star, MVP candidate has decided to leave Russ. Paul George demanded a trade instantly after Kawhi asked him to join him. This also comes just one year after Paul George decided to resign with the Thunder and always saying he loves Russ. And then he probably saw this throughout the season. So I wanted to break all this down and get to the bottom of why NBA stars don’t want to play with Westbrook.

While Paul George’s usage rate dropped from 28.7 to 24.8 which was to be expected, Russ’s also dropped from the ridiculous 40% in his MVP season to 32.6% in 2017-18 which was still the second highest in the league. That season was filled with weird adjustments, from Russell Westbrook trying hard to let PG fit in to then taking over again. They were 2nd to last in passes made as a team. But the icing on the cake was the playoffs. Their first round match up was with the Jazz, a team led by a rookie in Donovan Mitchell and while that team was solid, the Thunder were the heavy favorites. Westbrook declared that he was going shut that stuff off next game after Rubio had a triple double in Game 3, but Westbrook became uber-aggressive in Game 4 and had 4 fouls before the half. He had to be way less aggressive in the second half, hurting his game. While Rubio was a plus 22, Westbrook was a minus 14 even if Westbrook dropped 23 and 14 rebounds. The But even with all this happening, even with the disappointing season, and this disappointing playoffs series, Paul George decided to resign for 4 years, not even taking a meeting with the Lakers where he had originally wanted to go to. Paul George said Westbrook and him had unfinished business. Westbrook was the main reason why Paul George decided to stay and I’m sure Westbrook is a really good person and teammates must love him.

Russell Westbrook just had his best regular season in the Paul George era, so basically this was better than the year before. Westbrook shot a worse field goal percentage, worse from 3, worst from free throw. But there was one thing that Russ definitely worked on, and that was being more of a floor general. More importantly, Paul George’s usage rate increased to 28.7. There were more times this season that Russ gave the ball up to PG and let PG operate, especially when he was hot. Russell Westbrook led the league again in pass to assist ratio, beating out James Harden for how many off his passes are assists. The Thunder finished the season 49-34 which was only one game better than last year, but what really mattered was the playoffs. After all that had happened last year, you would think Russ might keep his emotions in check or at least know how to use them to his advantage. Throughout all of Game 3, Russell Westbrook was celebrating in the face of Damian Lillard. That was contagious as his teammates got in on the action. Damian dropped 50 in that Game 5 and if you read some his comments like telling Westbrook to stop running from this whooping or how he was amused by the celebration, you can tell that Dame was motivated by Westbrook’s antics. But that is who Russell Westbrook is in his core.

But let’s just push all the basketball talent to the side for the moment and let’s shift to Kawhi Leonard. While Kawhi Leonard is super-competitive, he is probably the opposite on court personality that Westbrook is. Kawhi’s still a fun guy, but his composure and calmness in the biggest moments is special. And that bleeds into his teammate. It allowed the Raptors to focus more on the game of basketball.

So like I said, forget that Westbrook’s game doesn’t fit the modern NBA. Paul George saw that two years in a row, Westbrook’s personality detrimentally affected the team. If the core was with Westbrook, the issue would still persist. Despite Russ being this great guy, his refusal to change himself for the betterment of the team is why pairing up with a low-key guy like Kawhi so appealing. This might be a wake-up call and Russ could adjust, but unless Russ dramatically changes, Paul George and the Thunder were destined to be a playoffs team and nothing more. But what do you think? Where will Russell Westbrook go because he’s probably getting traded? How will PG and Kawhi work?

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  • So where is Russell Westbrook heading? Follow me on twitter for all my takes @MJ2KALLDAY (twitter.com/MJ2KALLDAY)

    MJ2KALLDAYMJ2KALLDAYYear ago
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      drew tha brodrew tha bro2 months ago
    • Rockets

      Peachful KnightPeachful Knight3 months ago
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      Troy StoneTroy Stone3 months ago
    • I dunno. Have a feeling he’s going to Houston

      That KidThat Kid3 months ago
    • I was at game three when OKC won

      Luke MurphyLuke Murphy4 months ago
  • Big game Dame waving 👋🏿👋🏿👋🏿👋🏿👋🏿👋🏿 Bitch.

    Rolando Sta ElenaRolando Sta Elena5 days ago
  • Fuck you MJ 😂do your research first and stop with that cringy ass voice

    Jess EdJess Ed17 days ago
  • Personalaty

    Eashan KakullaEashan Kakulla23 days ago
  • Dude, you always have been and still are a Brodie hater. GTFOH.

    SpiritFirstSpiritFirst25 days ago
  • bull shit

    Van WestVan West28 days ago
  • fun fact: never forget when the trio paul george, carmelo anthony and russell westbrook in okc got destroyed by a young donovan mitchell in the first round of playoffs hahaha

    My Interesting FactsMy Interesting FactsMonth ago
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    ball all day oball all day oMonth ago
  • Well green is worse

    KAREY ELIASKAREY ELIASMonth ago
  • pang season lng si westbrook

    Chan TVChan TVMonth ago
  • everyone who was glad Westbrook came rockets give me ah like lmao

    loose1984 gooseloose1984 gooseMonth ago
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    Alychia CrossAlychia CrossMonth ago
  • The glass at 1:12 has me in tears man😂😂😂😂

    Reginal MozartReginal MozartMonth ago
  • Ricky Rubio is soft af

    The benzoThe benzoMonth ago
  • Personality

    Angel RickersonAngel RickersonMonth ago
  • Who's here after Rockets won againts Thunder in Game 7?

    ebet okokebet okokMonth ago
  • they finished 49-34

    Eric GrigorasEric GrigorasMonth ago
  • Westbrook is kinda Sysco doh just saying.

    Kelvin GillettKelvin GillettMonth ago
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    kl the beastkl the beastMonth ago
  • This video did not age well

    Matteo WiseMatteo WiseMonth ago
  • did y’all ever think that it was pandemic Ps fault they lost the playoffs i mean he almost cost the series against the mavs

    JT Comedic RapperJT Comedic RapperMonth ago
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    menderin Omermenderin OmerMonth ago
  • Russell loves to be with dudes with number 13

    victor manuel romero cordovavictor manuel romero cordovaMonth ago
  • Swore it was Westbrook’s fault that he underperformed, but what happened this year? 😂

    GadziGadziMonth ago
  • Video like this needed to be made to show how they both made mistakes instead of throwing all the blame on pg but it sounded a tad like a hate video

    Ronald HicksonRonald HicksonMonth ago
  • Westbrook has a high standard but mans pre greedy

    Harley LowerhuttHarley LowerhuttMonth ago
  • LOL

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  • I thought you were an idiot when this video came out and I still think you're an idiot now. Nice video trying to sell BS lolololol

    Mr SteezeMr SteezeMonth ago
  • Now let's talk about how trash curry is I feel this channel is always biased with curry lel

    Smachi MaxSmachi Max2 months ago
    • @jj taylor broke he's hand for the rest of the season yah right losers will make excuses.

      Smachi MaxSmachi MaxMonth ago
    • @Smachi Max he broke his hand stfu you troll you gotta be playin

      jj taylorjj taylorMonth ago
    • @jj taylor nope I'm talking bout this season Steph when he fake an injury cause he can't carry the team

      Smachi MaxSmachi MaxMonth ago
    • I hope you talking about seth

      jj taylorjj taylorMonth ago
  • Paul George also turns to George Paul

    Smachi MaxSmachi Max2 months ago
  • This video aged poorly. Rus having a resurgence with the Rockets, and pg stating the trade had nothing to do with Rus. Clickbait if anything

    Josiah YoungbullJosiah Youngbull2 months ago
    • Westbrook is just a shit point guard, what kind of point guard has low iq and can’t shoot. This ain’t the 1980s. The modern nba needs high iq guards that can shoot when wide open Atleast. The only player who gets away with it is simmons cos he makes up for it with his height

      Rezw.nnRezw.nn26 days ago
    • @subscribe please this aged poorly.. Lakers in 5 🤣🤣

      IV SkyIV SkyMonth ago
    • Uhm what?

      Eiji SawakitaEiji SawakitaMonth ago
    • Lakers in 4

      subscribe pleasesubscribe pleaseMonth ago
    • Westbrook has the same problems with the rockets

      Super GuySuper GuyMonth ago
  • Russ just gotta let his game come natural and stop talking shit all the time focus more on his team he'll be aight then

    Marcus WhiteMarcus White2 months ago
  • MJ: *Exists* *Glass breaking intensifies*

    Josh wJosh w2 months ago
  • He knew Russ was leaving first

    Flash 98Flash 982 months ago
  • Dame > Russell

    TRAVIS CABBTRAVIS CABB2 months ago
  • Bullcrap. All of Russ' teammates have spoken highly of him as a teammate and friend except the snake himself. Furthermore, your ENTIRE video is contradicted by the very first clip of the video. "He's a standout guy." He didn't leave because he hated Russ. PG just wanted to go to LA and it just made it better that Kawhi signed with LA too

    Adonijah LovettAdonijah Lovett2 months ago
  • Houston Winning a chip

    TTV DA MOBTTV DA MOB2 months ago
  • Mj do u h8 Russ???

    Daniil J. McDonaldDaniil J. McDonald2 months ago
  • The NBA never stops Covid: hold my mask

    LR501LR5012 months ago
  • Every video I have watched about Westbrook that doesn't kiss his ass has been hated on by the most ignorant ass fans. I am so glad to see these morons get exposed by saying it was Billy Donovans bad coaching and now his first year without Russ, he's voted by all the other coaches as coach of the year. He finally has a true Point Guard and guess what, his team is doing way better. Wetsbrook is a ball hog, stat padder, morale killing, emotional diva. He does not deserve a ring.

    Ruminating15Ruminating152 months ago
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    Tab LetTab Let2 months ago
  • I think the rockets

    bombing cannonbombing cannon2 months ago
  • You making pg look gay in the title lol

    H iH i2 months ago
  • So many Russell Retards fan here. No one actually see what he force his teammate to do. It’s so obvious that Russell Westbrook wanted all the glory for himself. He doesn’t even fking care about his teammate.

    Frost WolfFrost Wolf2 months ago
    • Is that why PG had a career year and was leading the MVP race until the All-star break where he got injured? I never understood people who make stuff up just to hate on a player.

      bluesrockfan36bluesrockfan362 months ago
  • 5:27 “The thunder finished 49-34.” Bruh that’s 83 games not 82

    DJ CarlosaurDJ Carlosaur2 months ago
  • Kawhi can develop a better game with pg. Thats why he made the move. PG has talent that can develop others.

    DeQuan GrooverDeQuan Groover2 months ago
  • Russell have big arrogant & will never win aring

    Ibrahim moseIbrahim mose2 months ago
  • Who is watching this in 2020 like if you are

    Mighty NinjaMighty Ninja3 months ago
  • Watching Yes in 2020

    Mighty NinjaMighty Ninja3 months ago
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    Stan guian-IllanesStan guian-Illanes3 months ago
  • Russ ain't every winning a ring lol

    Luis GonzalezLuis Gonzalez3 months ago
  • If kd melo George and russell were a team today they probably have the greatest squad ever

    Coothie is cool 23Coothie is cool 233 months ago
  • You know in 2019, PG shoulders were messed up and George Paul showed up in that series

    TitlebreakerTitlebreaker3 months ago
    • @Olivier Colletaz Because he asked for the defensive assignment. Go watch the interviews and the games then come back. Russ did not get outplayed by Ricky Rubio... what the hell man. 14/7/7 vs 30/12/8. Come on now. Did you see game 5 of the series? Where Westbrook willed the OKC out of a 20+ point loss into a win? The biggest comeback in playoff history. Ricky Rubio didn't do that. PG didn't do that. Or how about game 6? Where PG scored a total of 5 points? You're being ridiculous. You clearly just hate Russ to the point that you lost all objectivity. Outplayed by Ricky Rubio... smh. Also don't speak like Ricky Rubio is trash, he's a great player.

      bluesrockfan36bluesrockfan362 months ago
    • @bluesrockfan36 why was it pg guarding lillard on the last shot of the series? because he was their best defender all series long. this kind of argument, using lillard hitting a 30 footer on pg to try and make it sound like pg's defense wasn't really better than westbrook's, is so childish it's laughable. same for the famous elimination game against utah, when everybody knows that russ sh*tting the bed, in the first 4 games, getting outplayed by ricky fckin rubio, is why they were down 3-1 and lost the series. no comment on your ridiculous opinion about the stat lines. scoring efficiency and defense matters way more than assists, especially when it comes to the kind of assists russ gets with his usage rate and turnover numbers. add that to the gulf at the other end of the court and the fact that russ was once again, like against the jazz, the one getting outplayed by his matchups. pg wasn't great, and in the clutch he wasn't even good, but he was still better than russ.

      Olivier ColletazOlivier Colletaz2 months ago
    • ​@Olivier Colletaz Good defense? You obvioulsy didn't watch the games. Lillard's half court game winner shot was over whom again? Honestly, 23/9/10 are better stats than 29/9/4. The difference in assists contributes to more points. Yes, Russ 2PT% was pretty low, but his 3PT% and FT% (even though he struggled all season due to injures) was _higher_ than PG. Statistics will never tell you the true story behind a game. But since you insist go pull the statistics from the 4th quarter of the elimination game. Where PG was 1 for 4 in the FT line, where Russ shot over 66% from 3PT range where he had 4 assists 1 steal and one block. Where he got crucial rebounds. PG in crucial games was trash, I'm sorry, I really love his game but this is undeniable fact. For more evidence go watch the elimination game with the Jazz.

      bluesrockfan36bluesrockfan362 months ago
    • @bluesrockfan36 bla bla bla. pg put up 28.6/8.6/3.6 on 58% true shooting with good defense. russ 23/9/10 on an abysmal 46% true shooting, hunting for assists, bargaining on defense, taking more shots than pg despite his horrific shooting, and rockin the baby to trashtalk lillard, his matchup, who completely outplayed him in the series. never said pg was perfect but he was better than russ in that series that's not arguable.

      Olivier ColletazOlivier Colletaz2 months ago
    • @Olivier Colletaz You didn't watch the games then. I was rooting for PG, but he would *dissapear* in the 4th quarter, as in literally get the ball and immediatly pass it back. It was a disgrace.

      bluesrockfan36bluesrockfan362 months ago
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    Iliyan PopoffIliyan Popoff3 months ago
  • PG left the Thunder because he is hella weak. Same reason he left Indiana. Westbrook aint the best but aint the reason everybody keeps losing either.

    MrOunce3MrOunce33 months ago
  • Ur an idiot PG was ass in two straight years. Worse than CNN

    Amin YussupovAmin Yussupov3 months ago
  • Cause Russ a stat padding bum

    bobby joe young #2 because stephenG blocked mebobby joe young #2 because stephenG blocked me3 months ago
  • Please help me just click

    Richard WigTVRichard WigTV3 months ago
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    44dys alliance44dys alliance3 months ago
  • 5:29 Thunder finished a 49 - 34 season... I love your math

    Dong LiuDong Liu3 months ago
    • *33

      Lekobe RobloxLekobe Roblox2 months ago
  • RUSS 2WOUD O ROCKETS

    Achyutam AgarwalAchyutam Agarwal3 months ago
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    SpotOrthodoxSpotOrthodox3 months ago
  • Ur intro makes me laugh 😂

    LIT FIRE NINJA SHOYOLIT FIRE NINJA SHOYO3 months ago
  • Paul George injury prone and overrated af!

    Christopher Yoon KimChristopher Yoon Kim3 months ago
  • we have barely seen a player with so much athleticism bit he is also the dumbest player ibhave ever seen. it must be hard to play with a guy doing everything he cannot do or shooting that much whereas he is not a shooter

    TIM TIMSTIM TIMS3 months ago
  • Personality! Great vids

    am47601am476013 months ago
  • Too keep things simple Russ has let his childish emotions take over and destroy his game and talent.

    i.heloui.helou3 months ago
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    Avi TAvi T3 months ago
  • Dude get to the point. This video sucks

    Ken DavisKen Davis4 months ago
  • OKC got a real PG now

    Domo JonesDomo Jones4 months ago
  • Westbrook was injured that season I give him props 4 playing

    Domo JonesDomo Jones4 months ago
  • Steven Adam's as Aquaman

    Domo JonesDomo Jones4 months ago
  • Low I.Q

    Domo JonesDomo Jones4 months ago
  • Love him as a person but cant play wit him

    Domo JonesDomo Jones4 months ago
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    Sarvajeeth MareeduSarvajeeth Mareedu4 months ago
  • Your mind of a Westbrook hater and it’s pretty obvious

    GravlyyGravlyy4 months ago
  • U know what's funny Russ shoots a 3 or a free throw: Oh my gosh he's trash Giannis shoots a 3 or freethrow: Hes a great player 🙄🙄

    Shakym LassiterShakym Lassiter4 months ago
    • @ً‎ً ً I'm not going to read all that so I'm going to say "ok"

      Shakym LassiterShakym Lassiter3 months ago
    • Russ is a GUARD. He's held to a different standard. And even excluding the fact that Westbrook is the typical build for a shooter, literally the same height as the greatest shooter of all time, opponents deadass went UNDER screens when Westbrook played in OKC, as Westbrook has one of the worst shot IQs for a 'star' player ever. Proven by despite being a horrendous 3pt shooter and decent midrange shooter when OPEN, last year he took FIVE threes a game shooting 29% from 3 and 42% from the field. Giannis, however, if we still use the standard of last year Giannis shot 57, rounding to 58% from the field "only off of driving", but if he was only driving he's predictable and there should be a way to stop him but there isn't. And this year, leaving Giannis WIDE open from the three is taking a gamble as he's literally shooting a better percentage from three than Westbrook as a 6'11 forward. Giannis improved his game which is why he is praised because his only "weakness" has become acceptable. Westbrook still thinks shots 4 feet behind the arch are acceptable which is why he's literally shooting 25% on barely 4 attempts.

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  • He is a fun guy

    Abdullah Al-SageerAbdullah Al-Sageer4 months ago
  • Because Kawhi is Kawhi and Russel is Russel

    Gabriel GallardoGabriel Gallardo4 months ago
  • so you think paul george chose kawhi over lebron cuz of drama? please gimme a break

    Jesse HigginsJesse Higgins4 months ago
  • Westbrook should be playing tennis or badminton as a single player. Lol

    jimson rolejimson role4 months ago
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    DAVE the gamerDAVE the gamer4 months ago
  • For one that last game against the Jazz where neither of them could hit a Game winner or a shot to tie the game up and save the series.....melo should’ve been in....coach probably thought cause he wasn’t in the game before that one that it was okay to not use him....stupid move to only rely on PG and Westbrook against a solid jazz team

    CulleyCulley4 months ago
  • Bruh westbrook been showing y’all the type of guy he was why do think kd dipped 👀

    Cj PrinceCj Prince4 months ago
  • Only reason PG resigned was because he knew Presti and the Thunder as a small market team would play him THAT BAG to stay. He then could request a trade after the next season to an LA team with fat ass contract. Pretty smart considering his injury history and recent sub par playoff performances

    Triston WellsTriston Wells4 months ago
  • SO you’re just gonna completely gloss over the fact that down 3-1 against the Jazz, Russell Westbrook had back to back 40 point games on 43% FG and 43% from 3? And PG went 2/16 in the elimination Game 6? That PG felt that it was his fault they lost the series bcuz it was? Russ made mistakes but he understood he had to clean them up and had a legendary Game 5 and in Game 6 had another 40pt game with 7 threes made

    Raw Precision MediaRaw Precision Media4 months ago
  • Paul George leaving OKC had nothing to do with Westbrook.

    Asaru PtahAsaru Ptah4 months ago
  • 0:40 not to be a downer but coronavirus heard what you said and responded with “hold my beer”

    Daniel JacksonDaniel Jackson4 months ago
  • @MJ2KALLDAY yooo facts is wrong and so you not going to talk about how Paul George after all star break he started to decline and how he went into the playoff with hurt shoulders where he couldn’t even help Westbrook out in the playoff and the year before once again how you allow your self to lock up by joe ingles

    Byron MccastleByron Mccastle4 months ago
  • Pg, he lowkey a snake

    Ilham ShahriarIlham Shahriar4 months ago
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    Ian PierceIan Pierce4 months ago
  • PG knew he wasn't going to win a championship with Westbrook.

    Efrain VillalobosEfrain Villalobos4 months ago
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    Samuel JacksonSamuel Jackson4 months ago
  • man don't desrepect russ like that

    Katleho MtimkuluKatleho Mtimkulu4 months ago
  • okc front office made terrible mistake not building the team around harden and durant. 😕

    Kenn AquinoKenn Aquino4 months ago
  • From Indianapolis: Paul George is SHADY. He NEVER intended to stay in Oklahoma.

    Dennis The Comic Novel Monitor NicholsDennis The Comic Novel Monitor Nichols4 months ago
  • Quit hating on RUSS. why is ring chasing so praised? PG had no success in Indiana so how is RUSS responsible for further failure? PG could have played better, same as blaming RUSS for KD leaving. Was RUSS responsible for KD being ejected in game 7? Was he solely responsible for blowing 3-1 lead? Was he responsible for KD disappearing in the playoffs vs GSW? Was he responsible for trading Harden? This is nonsense bro.

    SPACE•TIMESPACE•TIME4 months ago
  • Russ you are so terrible at free throw 2017 4:40

    Ori AyodeleOri Ayodele4 months ago
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    UzumakiYTUzumakiYT4 months ago
  • bro he left to play with another star not because of russ?

    Liesl AitkenLiesl Aitken4 months ago
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