The Pacers star took his turn on the show, and Kimmel kept turning the conversation to the Lakers.
Did Johnson’s comments affect him? George:
Nah, man. I love Magic. I love Magic. Great dude.
I know I’m always going to get those ties. I’m an L.A. kid. Actually, at my home, Kobe is the biggest person in my house – not even me.
Have you talked to Kobe Bryant about joining the Lakers? George:
Not yet. I plan on working out with him. Pick his brain a little bit.
Are you nervous about working out with Kobe? George:
Absolutely. Absolutely. I’m training now to get ready to work out with him.
This is the worst-case scenario for people in Indiana, right? George:
It is. I love Indy, though. It’s really a hard –
George didn’t say anything incendiary. He very well could stay with the Pacers – especially if he makes an All-NBA team, announced Thursday, which would allow him to sign a designated-veteran-player extension for a higher max.
But George’s interest in the Lakers is well-known, and it seemed he was planting the seeds for an Indiana exit during the season. It’s hard to see him appearing on a Hollywood show where he knew he’d be asked about the Lakers as anything other than a continuation of his Lakers flirtation.
Will that lead to him actually joining the Lakers? That’s a much more difficult question to answer.