Paul George is speaking out about the challenges of being stuck in the NBA bubble … saying he battled with anxiety and depression while going through a historic slump.
The L.A. Clippers superstar had been under-performing during the playoffs before erupting for a 35-point game against the Mavericks on Tuesday … and spoke in detail about what it was like to struggle with the mental aspect of the game in Orlando.
“It was just a little bit of everything,” George said after the huge Game 5 win. “I underestimated mental health, honestly. I had anxiety, a little bit of depression. Just being locked in here.”
“I just wasn’t there. I checked out.”
FYI — George was REALLY going through a tough time on the court … becoming the first player since 1960 to shoot less than 25% in 3 straight games.
It got so bad, it was to the point where PG-13 was posting cryptic messages about haters on IG … and was trending on social media.
The 30-year-old said it all changed for him after speaking with a team psychiatrist … who helped him get in a good spot before the 154-111 win.
“My energy, my spirit was changed. That’s all it needed. That’s all I needed. I came here, I knew what my job was. Left it all on that court …. Ready to move forward.”
The Bubble situation isn’t exactly a cake walk for some of the NBA players — while the league has done a good job keeping players healthy and safe, many are having a tough time being away from their families and friends for so long.
Props to George for speaking out about his mental health issues — it’s not an easy thing for people to discuss, especially on a national platform … and he deserves credit.