Rehabbing Paul George looks to Rio


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Nobody knows better the extra hours of work and dedication that go into pursuing the Olympic goal. Nobody understands more than Paul George the risk that goes into such a decision.

But nearly a year after gruesomely snapping his right leg during a warmup game in Las Vegas and missing almost all of the 2014-15 season, the Pacers star says he wants to be back with Team USA for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

George also says he has the full support of original Dream Team member Larry Bird, Pacers president of basketball operations, and the entire franchise, according to ESPN.com.

“Larry, of all people, knows how important it is to play and represent your country. So he’s got my back on that one, and it’s a personal goal,” George said. “Coach (Mike) Krzyzewski knows I’m on board.”

George, however, said he won’t be in attendance at Team USA’s minicamp next month in Las Vegas, according to the Indianapolis Star.
He was speaking from the Kroger Unplug and Play Paul George Basketball ProCamp at Avon High School on Indianapolis’ west side, where he was helping to teach 250 youngsters the finer points of the game.

He said he can’t wait to put the injury behind him.

“I feel great,” George said. “I still notice some things that are not Paul George characteristic yet, but I feel good and the good thing is we’re still in mid-summer. By training camp, I’ll be ready to go.”

4 Comments

  1. Tyrone Humes says:

    Larry is a scary judge of talent, who would have traded Dale Davis for 19 year old Jermaine Oneal? Now he does it again with Miles Turner and Joe Young. To have one top 10 Summer League rookie is awesome but to have two!! Even without Paul George the Pacers is a 4-6 seed in the East with the new acquisitions. There is still two more roster spots left lets see what they do with it.

  2. jake s. says:

    dunk it young man

  3. Amadou Fofana says:

    Good luck young man

  4. reynaldo says:

    go ahead young man