One major mark of a leader is that he has to have earned his stripes, that he has have experience and success--Paul George doesn’t have any of these things in terms of the post season. George has made a habit, in the first two games vs Cleveland, at calling teammates out publicly. A leader encourages his teammates even when he has some constructive criticism for him, he doesn't want to embarrass the very teammates he will need to count on later.
2) Down 0-2:
If George knew how to lead he would focus more on the state of the series and build his teammates up versus breaking them down. He recently criticized Lance Stephenson publicly, a player that isn’t the most pleasant of people. Why would George “poke a bear” if he knows that the team will need that same bear to fight off a potential 3-0 deficit. Don’t get me wrong, George has every right to address what he feels is an issue but why do so in front of the media? This strategy taints his message and will likely fall on Stephenson's deaf ear.
1) Man in the Mirror:
George has been playing spectacular ball in the series but why not put the blame on himself? Why not say to the media that he needs to do more? This strategy may just rally his teammates versus alienating them. Basketball is a team game, not individual, he needs to breathe life into the team not deflate his fellow players. He is currently averaging about 30 ppg 7 rebounds and 7 assists and still staring down a 0-2 deficit, he needs his teammates...he needs them to be confident.