It's no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers are desperate to secure the services of Paul George this summer when he hits free agency.
Their eagerness to convince the small forward to head back to his hometown of L.A. saw the franchise get hit with a record fine by the NBA for tampering.
With the All-Star weekend taking place in the City of Angels this weekend, it represents a chance for Lakers fans to woo George and show him how much they'd love to see him don the Purple and Gold uniform.
In a recent clash between the Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center, home fans chanted "We want Paul" throughout the game.
With the 27-year-old taking part in the three-point contest, this gave Laker fans another opportunity to make their feelings known to George.
With no home player involved, the fans inside the arena were keen to see the Thunder star win and were rooting for him.
But things didn't quite go according to plan as the five-time All-Star produced a forgettable shooting display.
He put up a disappointing nine points in the first round as he struggled to knock many of his shots down and threw up a few bricks.
As this was in L.A., and because of the obvious links with the Lakers, Twitter showed no mercy for George and he received a real roasting.
Even teammate Russell Westbrook saw the funny side as he laughed at his teammate on the sidelines.
Maybe the MVP was just happy that PG13 had a rough night in his hometown amid all the talk of him returning to play for Los Angeles.
He hilariously addressed this during his press conference on Saturday as chants of "We want Paul" broke out again as the forward was just a few booths down from Westbrook.
“That’s out! Paul ain’t going nowhere. It’s over for that,” he told reporters.
Even Reggie Miller made a humourous reference to his constant links to the Lakers during the live broadcast on TNT after he watched George's horrible shooting performance.
“I guess they can stop talking all about that him coming to LA now,” Miller said. “They can stop all that LA talk now. He’s staying in OKC after shooting like this in this building.”
The All-NBA star would have loved to put on a show in front of his family and friends at home but it wasn't to be for PG. He'll hope for better success in the All-Star game on Sunday night.
Of course, most of the comments were tongue-in-cheek as Magic Johnson and the Lakers front office won't be put off one of their top free agent targets because of a bad three-point shooting contest.News Now - Sport News