Can OKC replace Kevin Durant with Paul George? As Lesley McCaslin interviewed George about his move into Durant’s big vacated shoes, she noted how loud it was — “about as loud as it is at Chesapeake Energy Arena.” That’s where OKC phenom Russell Westbrook practices his uniquely versatile form of basketball, and where George is set to play 41 home games — and presumably some playoff games — next season.
George told McCaslin that he didn’t know OKC very well. In fact, all he know is “the Sheraton” where the Pacers stay and the aforementioned Chesapeake Energy Arena — because if you’re a visiting player, especially a star like George, you remember hearing the OKC fans. As for what else George knows about the Thunder, he says it’s pretty simple: “no idea about Oklahoma… but when I got the call I was excited. I know how classy and first class the organization is. To play alongside Russell Westbrook, I think [we’ll] do great things together.” It just got even louder at Chesapeake. George has spent his entire 7-year career with Indiana, averaging 23.7 ppg last year.