All-Star guard Paul George has said that he is in a much better headspace as he enters the second postseason with the LA Clippers.
Last year, George confessed to suffering with bouts of depression whilst playing in the bubble and away from family and friends when the National Basketball Association (NBA) resumed its season in Orlando, Florida.
As George prepares for a clash with the Dallas Mavericks, he claims his mental health is better than it was entering the playoffs last year.
"Well I think this year it's been easier because I have outlets," George said. "You know, I'm able to live a normal life. I can go home, I can see my family, I can spend time with my family, I can interact with other people outside of this team. And so that alone has just been a big difference to be back to some normalcy.
"It's a big difference from the bubble life to where I'm at now from a headspace standpoint."
George averaged 23.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and shot 46.7 per cent from the field and 41.1 per cent from 3-point range in a bounce-back season for himself.
But mentally, George says he feels much better entering this postseason: "[Last year's finish] was the motivation enough needed coming into this season," George said. "I needed to be better and up to this point, it's just being who I am and being who I been."
Author: Jake Wilkin