NBA: Clippers' Paul George to miss start of season

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Posted at Sep 30 2019 09:58 AM

NBA: Clippers' Paul George to miss start of season 1
Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) speaks with media during media day at LA Clippers Training Center. Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George will miss all of training camp and the start of the NBA season as he continues to recover from offseason surgery on both shoulders.

George told ESPN at Saturday's team media day that he will be out until "November-ish."

The Clippers open the season on Oct. 22 against the Los Angeles Lakers. They play six games in October.

George underwent surgery on the right shoulder in May and had an operation on the left one five weeks later.

"I had my labrum done on my left shoulder and the rotator cuff done on my right," George told "I'm not 100 percent but if I had to put a percentage on it, I think I'm about 85, 90ish. Not all the way there, still got a little bit of stuff -- range to work through, strength to work through -- but I'm close. I'm happy with where I am at."

George was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Clippers in July and will team star forward Kawhi Leonard, who joined Los Angeles as a free agent after leading the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title.

George said he feels he and Leonard are the top duo in the league.

"When you look at two guys that plays both ends, two guys that can go get a basket, two guys that can stop you from getting a basket, elite on both ends. I don't see how you can beat that," George told reporters.

George, 29, was an MVP finalist in the 2018-19 season when he established career-best averages of 28 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals while sinking a career-high 292 3-pointers in 77 games. He also matched his career high of 4.1 assists per game.

Leonard is a two-time NBA Finals MVP with career averages of 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds over 467 games (440 starts).

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