If you look at his simple line of stats, it’s easy to say that Norman Powell was successful in his move to the Clippers. With 21.4 points on average at 50% shooting success, in just 25 minutes, the former Portland player, who arrived during the season, has indeed displayed a very good level of play.
Except that we must not forget to specify that he only played five matches with Los Angeles. Why ? Because a week after his arrival, he fractured his left foot, which kept him off the courts for almost two months.
Norman Powell therefore spent more time with Paul George in the infirmary than on the court. “We saw each other in the training room, we wanted to stay positive, especially when George took it up a notch to come back”remembers the former Toronto player, champion with Kawhi Leonard in 2019, at The Athletic. “I spoke with him, to find out how he felt, how he was doing. We heard from us each time. »
His adventure with the winger, one of his childhood idols, is therefore still imperfect with only two small matches and 16 minutes in total in the regular season…
« Playing with PG is always amazing for me », he assures. “He was the player I looked up to when I was younger. We had battles in the playoffs (the 2016 first round between Indiana and Toronto), and at the beginning of my career, he encouraged me. He was never far away during my rookie season. Playing with him, plus Leonard when he’s back, it’s going to be fun. I am impatient. »
We will have to wait for the 2022/23 season to see this trio (Norman Powell – Paul George – Kawhi Leonard) in action. The first will also have a particular individual objective for the next exercise.
“I train to be among the best, I want to be in the same position as PG and Kawhi. This is what I want « , he declares. “I want to be All-Star, I want to be at that level. I think I’m ready for that, to be a primary option. I want to prove, night after night, that I can hold my own against the best players in the world. Afterwards, it’s not just the individual awards, I want to win too. It is the most important. »
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