Watch: Paul George booed by Lakers fans
Lakers fans did not give Paul George a warm welcome to Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
George’s Oklahoma City Thunder were at Staples Center to face the Lakers, and the fans in attendance booed George during introductions and when he touched the ball early in the game.
Thunder’s Paul George booed by Staples Center crowd during introductions after passing on Lakers without a free-agency meeting pic.twitter.com/yYvl4biThT
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) January 3, 2019
Staples Center just booed Paul George as loud as I've heard them boo anyone. pic.twitter.com/mhYr0UDoNJ
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) January 3, 2019
Lakers fans were hoping to land George in free agency over the summer. They were teased with reports last year that George wanted to leave the Pacers for the Lakers, which precipitated trade talks. George eventually was acquired by the Thunder in a risky move that paid off when he chose to sign an extension with OKC without ever meeting with the Lakers.
Feeling all along that George was coming to them and not even having him meet with the team is something the fans have not forgotten and were happy to remind him about.