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Former Thunder star Paul George dedicates fishing dock at South Lakes Park

Paul George turned to the young girl standing on the dock beside him and cast his line into the lake. She followed suit. 

Behind them, a golden PG logo decorated what looked like a mini basketball court. George had been a Clipper for eight months, but on Monday he returned to Oklahoma as a member of the community. 

“This is a great occasion,” Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said at the Paul George Fishing Dock ribbon cutting Monday, “and so wonderful to see PG and his team follow through with this. And this is why, by the way, you’re always nice to people even when they leave, because they may still have something to offer.”

The process of bringing a kid-friendly fishing dock to South Lakes Park began long before George requested a trade to join Kawhi Leonard in L.A.. Last year, George and his foundation hosted a fundraiser at Topgolf, to help pay for the dock. A year and a half before that, the Paul George Foundation launched its outdoor initiative and announced that it would sponsor the OK Fishing In the Schools program for 13 Oklahoma City School District schools.

“The idea of starting my foundation started here,” George said Monday, addressing the gathered crowd. “And it came from you guys embracing me and taking me in as one of your own. And in return, honestly I didn’t  know any other way than to give back and be a part of the community.”

Maybe that explained why he fit the ribbon cutting into his brief trip to OKC for a game against the Thunder Tuesday. The Clippers landed in OKC Monday afternoon, and Paul arrived at South Lakes Park with several of his new teammates and coaches, including Doc Rivers. Thunder general manager Sam Presti also attended. Holt wore PG 3 NASA basketball shoes for the occasion.

Paul ended his speech with, “Should we break the dock in?”

The Rockwood Elementary schoolers from the Fishing In the Schools program followed him to the dock, grabbing fishing rods on their way.

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<strong>Former OKC Thunder player Paul George dedicates a new fishing dock in Oklahoma City. [Maddie Lee/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Former OKC Thunder player Paul George dedicates a new fishing dock in Oklahoma City. [Maddie Lee/The Oklahoman]

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Maddie Lee

Maddie Lee followed an NBA team from Seattle to Oklahoma City, she just took a 10-year detour in between. Lee joined the Oklahoman in October 2018 as a Thunder beat writer, fresh off a stint in Oxford, Miss., where she covered Ole Miss for the... Read more ›

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