Paul George wanted to come back to LA for a while now. It wasn't just the fact he wanted to play for the team he rooted for as a kid, the Clippers, or being in one of NBA's most coveted markets. George wanted to make sure his mom can be at every game.
George was 6 years old, playing ball outside his home when an ambulance arrived. The next thing he saw was his mother with an EMT, walking into the ambulance. His father had to explain to George that his mom had a stroke, and was taken to the hospital. Luckily, Paulette George made a nearly full recovery. She is partially paralyzed on her left side but lives a full life. Still, visiting her son in Indiana or Oklahoma City was difficult.
"Her whole day is rough. For my mom, it's hard for her to move. Gettin' out of bed is tough. She had to wake up early in the morning, catch flights, drive to the airport, it was tough on her. My mom's a trooper though, she did it, she never complained."
Paul George on The Jump
George said he could see that it was a struggle for his mom, and that was a big part of his desire to come back to LA. Paulette George has her seat in Staples now, and being there for her son is a much easier task than ever before in his career. But, for a moment this summer she thought the complete opposite had happened.
After George's agent called him to let him know he is going to be a Clipper, he suggested something else. Aaron Mintz, George's agent, suggested they tell his mom he's been traded to Toronto.
He was like 'Let's tell her you got traded to Toronto.' First thing my mom says 'Oh boy, it's cold there.' Everybody on the phone just breaks out laughing. Then I jump on 'Mom, I'm coming home. I'm coming to the Clippers.' She was just happy.
Paul George on The Jump
Paulette George got her Christmas gift early in 2019, and she will have a front-row seat for her son and Kawhi playing LeBron and AD in Staples on Christmas. For the George family, that's as good as it gets.
P.S. In conjunction with the American Stroke Association, Paul and Paulette worked to raise awareness on how to recognize and react to symptoms of a stroke. The warning signs of a stroke can be recognized using the acronym FAST: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time to call 911. Getting to the hospital on time is the most important element in treating a stroke, so if you notice these symptoms call 911. Better safe than sorry.