George doesn’t blame USA Basketball for his injury…
Indiana Pacers star Paul George is looking at the positive aspects of his injury and insists that he will learn during his period on the sidelines this season.
The 24-year-old suffered a compound leg fracture earlier this month during an exhibition game with Team USA in which he had a freak collision with the basket stanchion.
It has since been revealed that he will likely miss the entire upcoming season as a result and it has undoubtedly come as a blow for the Pacers who also lost guard Lance Stephenson in the summer in a trade deal with the Charlotte Hornets.
However, George is keen to focus on the positives that he can draw from the situation and believes that he will learn a lot by watching on this season and coming back stronger than ever next year.
“I plan on making a full recovery coming back from this,” George said at a news conference.
“I’m taking this in a positive way. I get to sit back and watch the game — and just learn.”
Meanwhile, George didn’t want to place any blame with USA Basketball after suffering the injury and insisted that “freak accidents happen” and that Team USA don’t deserve any criticism for what occurred.
George underwent surgery on August 2 and the Pacers front office have been keen to stress that he will only return to the court when the medical staff deem him to have recovered fully, and as such there is no timetable on his recovery.
The Pacers star conceded that he was hurt by the fact that he couldn’t be there for his team-mates to start the campaign, but he will likely be an influential presence in the coming months and is already eyeing a return to the international fold at the Olympics in 2016.