Lakers’ Russell Westbrook still isn’t over how things ended with Paul George


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One of Russell Westbrook’s favorite fatherly duties of the past few months is taking his son, Noah, to and from school. Every now and then, he spots a familiar face: Paul George.

“They do the same sports,” he said. “We’re kind of in communication always. I see PG a lot when I’m picking my son up from school. He’s picking his daughter up or dropping them off. Vice versa.”

Westbrook says of George, the Clippers’ star who is having his most statistically productive season since they played together, “We’ve always been tight.”

That relationship was the foundation of George’s decision to re-sign in Oklahoma City in 2018 as a free agent, which was then seen as two SoCal natives striking out to do something special in the Midwest.

George said at the time that Westbrook “is what guys who want to be a part of and build something with.” But in two seasons together, they built 48- and 49-win teams that lost in the first round. Their last season together is best remembered for who ended it: Damian Lillard, pulling up from deep to walk off the series.

If you watch Westbrook’s documentary “Passion Play,” you might never know that this super team ever happened. Maybe that’s because of how…

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