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Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel has revealed that Paul George is making great progess in his rehabilitation after suffering a broken leg this summer.
George suffered the injury less than two months ago during an exhibition game for Team USA ahead of the FIBA World Cup, a tournament which the Americans went on to win and dedicated to their teammate.
However, the two-time All-Star has now begun to put weight on his leg and has started upper-body work in the weight room as he hopes to prove the medical team wrong and return at the end of the season.
“He’s down to one crutch or no crutches,” coach Frank Vogel said on Thursday.
“For the past three or four weeks, he’s been doing core work, upper body work in the weight room, and they want him to put weight on it.”
Team doctors have told George that it will likely take 12 months to make a full recovery, but it remains to be seen whether or not the Pacers star can return ahead of schedule.
Vogel has insisted that despite the fact that George will be sidelined for a significant amount of time, he will give his star man a clipboard on the bench and urge him to learn and break down the game from a new viewpoint.
That could potentially allow him to return a better player having thought about the game more, while his presence and hard work will also provide inspiration to his teammates who will be desperate to prove people wrong this season with many predicting a real struggle for the franchise.
George averaged 21.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season and so his absence will be devastating for Indiana, but Vogel is not panicking and believes that the team has everything needed to compete.