In the latest installment of “Podcast P” featuring Paul George, the LA Clippers’ All-Star forward welcomed former NBA Champion Dahntay Jones as a special guest. Jones, a member of the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers team that famously overcame a 3-1 deficit to upset the Golden State Warriors, shared insights from his championship experience.
The conversation delved into the aftermath of the Cavaliers’ historic victory and the subsequent moves made by the Warriors, notably the addition of Kevin Durant to their roster. This led to a discussion prompted by George about what it was like to compete against a formidable trio consisting of prime Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Durant.
Jones elaborated on the challenges they encountered and shed light on the mindset within the Cavs locker room following their defeat to the Warriors the following year.
He revealed that amid discussions about bolstering the team to contend against the Curry-Thompson-Durant trio, he proposed the idea of acquiring Paul George.
According to George, the Cavaliers were receptive to the notion of bringing him on board, and the deal nearly materialized. George recounted a pivotal meeting he had with LeBron James at his residence, describing it as a transformative experience.
“The deal almost went down,” George disclosed. “I wasn’t sure how serious it was, or if it could happen, but after the meeting, we went to [LeBron James’] place, we talked it out… Bron convinced me…”
“In addition to that meeting,” George continued, “you know Bron, he’s got a chef… It’s a whole different lifestyle, I needed a chef… my entire life changed after that.”