Paul George gave it a go for two years in OKC and that was it for him.
Over the last decade, the Oklahoma City Thunder have managed to either draft or trade for four legitimate superstars in George, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and James Harden. More than a decade since the franchise moved to the Sooner state, they have not won a title, only made the Finals once, and have since lost three of those superstars.
The latest gut punch for Thunder fans came late last night, when George requested a trade and was subsequently shipped to the Los Angeles Clippers to pair up with Kawhi Leonard.
The one constant through all of this has been Russell Westbrook, who has become obsessed to a fault with the triple-double to the point that it has forced James Harden to Houston, driven Durant to Golden State and later Brooklyn, and now Paul George to Los Angeles.
The book is out on him. Stars don't want to play second fiddle to a stat-padder.
Westbrook is 30 and has only been to the Finals once -- and never as the lead option. You would think after driving two superstars away that Westbrook would learn to change his game, but he has failed on all these occasions. Now that he has no star around him, expect Westbrook to shoot 35 times a game and put up shooting splits that would make Josh Smith shake his head in disgust.
We hope your triple-doubles keep you warm at night, Russ. Your obsession with them has slammed the Thunder's championship window shut, driven four stars away, and made Oklahoma City as unattractive a place in the league for a star player to go.