Following the Los Angeles Clippers’ 116-109 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Paul George was inquired about a recent report that the team’s star gamers got favoritism last season.

George said that players “that put in the work … It’s a factor they get to that level.”

As the Clippers tried to turn the page to the new season, there were still sticking around questions about what failed for the group that was supposed to be the darlings of the NBA in 2019-20.

There had actually been concerns about an absence of chemistry throughout the year, however it took blowing a 3-1 playoff series lead to the Denver Nuggets in the 2nd round to fully manifest.

Per Jovan Buha of The Athletic, some Clippers players were unhappy with the perks offered to Kawhi Leonard and, particularly, George in their first season with the organization.

” George, while a perennial All-Star and All-NBA prospect, didn’t bring the very same cachet with his colleagues (as Leonard),” Buha wrote. “There was a sentiment amongst particular colleagues of, ‘What have you accomplished in the playoffs?’ multiple league sources said.”

George did have the finest season of his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018-19. The six-time All-Star ended up third in NBA MVP ballot throughout the routine season, however he shot 43.6 percent from the field in the Thunder’s first-round playoff loss to the Portland Path Sports Jackets.

Postseason drawbacks have followed George around for several years. Last season was the very first time given that 2014 his group made it out of the first round. The 30-year-old had 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting in the Clippers’ Video game 7 loss to Denver.

Despite what George does throughout the routine season, he will always be evaluated by what takes place in the postseason by virtue of playing on a team efficient in competing for a championship.