Four words have haunted Paul George's reputation for years: "That's a bad shot."
All of Rip City knows the story.
Damian Lillard hit a stepback 37-foot jumper as time expired in Game 5 to win the First Round series against Oklahoma City with George guarding him. Dame waved them goodbye. George told the media it was a bad shot before requesting a trade to Los Angeles. Russell Westbrook never suited up for the Thunder again. Portland ended up advancing to the Western Conference Finals.
Now nearly two years later, Paul George has changed his tune after seeing Lillard and Steph Curry torch his All-Star team by splashing long three after long three, including two half-court shots from Lillard, the second of which was the game-winning shot.
"Well, I guess I was criticized for the right reasons, for calling Dame's shot in the playoffs a bad shot," said George following the All-Star game. "I mean, I see these guys' range is crazy, the ability to knock those shots down. And it's not like it's a halfcourt heave; these are... well in their range. They probably could shoot it deeper.
"Dame and Steph both were inching further and further back. I don't know if that's quite my range on a consistent basis... I can't see myself shooting those as part of my halfcourt offense.
While it took this long to admit, we love a good redemption arc.