“One arm pushups…BARBARIAN!” Paul George reveals two under-the-radar strongest players in NBA

Paul George played with both Steven Adams and Russell Westbrook at OKC Thunder.


“One arm pushups…BARBARIAN!” Paul George reveals two under-the-radar strongest players in NBA

Paul George and Steven Adams. (Image via SI)

There is little doubt that basketball as a sport requires a huge threshold of physical strength and conditioning in order to succeed at the highest level. A plethora of young players have had to bulk up in order to keep up with the ever-incessant physicality in the NBA.

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Paul George, one of the most gifted players of this generation, knows more than well the kind of conditioning requirements the league and its various franchises put on players. While some stars end up bulking up in the gym, others are simply naturally strong which inadvertently plays a huge role in their careers.

One such player is Steven Adams, who alongside others such as Russell Westbrook and even Zion Williamson have established themselves as one of the strongest players around. Speaking on his podcast, the Podcast P, PG13 had once gone into detail about the kind of strength his two former teammates boasted of:

You get hit by Steven Adams; your bell is rung. He is one of those dudes that don’t lift weights. He is just naturally strong. I played with a couple of players like that. [David] West bro, never lifted a weight, don’t lift weights.

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George went on to say the same thing about Russell Westbrook, claiming that David West for example, would do one-arm pushups to warm up:

You know that machine that you stand on, and it vibrates? We had one in Indiana. Bro, I saw D-West, cut the sh*t on, doing push-ups on em; ‘I don’t need weights P, I do push-ups,’” PG13 recalled while imitating his voice. “One-armed push-ups like a f*cking barbarian!

Being NBA stars, there is little doubt that all players tend to have a higher threshold of strength. However, some, like Steven Adams, end up creating a reputation for themselves, despite never really training for it.

Paul George teamed up with Russell Westbrook at OKC Thunder

Paul George is more than aware of the kind of strengths Westbrook brings to a team. Ever at his advanced age, Westbrook is a huge asset and has been graciously making an impact for the Clippers off the bench. Of course, things were vastly different when George was a teammate of Russ back at the OKC Thunder.

Paul George and Steven Adams. (Image via SI)

Westbrook was drafted by OKC Thunder back in 2008 as the 4th pick of the 2008 NBA draft. He revolutionalized the game to a great extent, and today has the highest number of triple-doubles in league history. Westbrook has in recent years been a journeyman of sorts and appears to have settled down with the Clippers to great effect.

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Coming off the bench, he has been an integral part of their success thus far and is currently averaging 11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. His production is expected to be a huge advantage for the Clippers, who have three other All-Star-level players to count on.

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