SIXERS PLANE WAS LATE, PAUL GEORGE WAITED … FOR DR. J!

By Tommy Matthews

As usual, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne provides the best insight in the Sixers pursuit of Paul George:

Sunday evening, George invited the Sixers’ brass over to his house in West Los Angeles to make their pitch.

The meeting was set for 8:30 p.m. local time, sources said.

George was flying back from a vacation in Mexico.

Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey was at the ready. So were general manager Elton Brand and executive vice president of basketball operations Peter Dinwiddie, whom George and his family knew well from their time together in Indiana earlier in George’s career.

But the plane carrying Harris and Dr. J was delayed by weather, and a decision had to be made. George’s longtime agent, Aaron Mintz, called him to ask if he wanted to wait.

“Of course,” George told him.

Of course you wait for Dr. J … and the guy who could be paying you only the fourth maximum contract given to a player 34 years and older in league history. (Curry and LeBron James are the only other players to have received such deals.)

Both the Sixers and George had waited so long for this moment, another two hours — and a 10:30 p.m. start time — was a small price to pay.

When the Sixers finally arrived at George’s house around 10:30 p.m., they quite literally had their answer.

George was wearing an Allen Iverson T-shirt.

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