Paul George Says He Will Be Back
Saturday Aug 16, 2014 12:00am
(INDIANAPOLIS) – Paul George says he expects to make a full recovery from the gruesome lower right leg fracture he suffered a couple of weeks ago during a Team USA scrimmage. George spoke to reporters Friday afternoon for the first time since the injury. He said he is trying to stay positive and make the most of a tough situation. The timeline for recovery is unknown, George said, but added that he can start some knee rehab as early as next week. George was injured when he attempted to block a shot on a fast break and crashed into a basketball stanchion, snapping his leg. The accident raised questions about whether the support was too close to the court and generated debate about whether NBA stars are risking too much by representing the U.S. George said he does not blame USA Basketball for the injury. George underwent surgery Aug. 2 and returned to Indianapolis on Aug. 5 to recover at home. The Pacers have not established a timetable for George's return. But doctors who have not examined George say a full recovery from this kind of injury could take 12 to 18 months. Larry Bird, the Pacers' president of basketball operations, said earlier this week the physicians who are treating George have not ruled out a late-season return, though the Pacers won't rush him back. It is missing time with the Pacers that George feels bad about.