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Paul George
Paul George
Position: F
Born: 05/02/90
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $16,900,000
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In the midst of discussing the teams’ recent addition, Texas center Myles Turner via the 2015 NBA Draft, Pacers coach Frank Vogel provided an update on the face of the Indiana Pacers, Paul George. “His calf is healed,” Vogel said. “His leg is healed. He’s claiming to be 100 percent. He looks really good, and I’m just saying if you talk to him. If you watch him in half-court workouts right now, the amount that he was favoring (the calf) at the end of the year, which was noticeable and expected, he’s not favoring it right now. He looks really good. He’s in L.A. right now but he’s been back as recently as this past week,” Vogel continued. “He’s looked really good in individual workouts. Obviously, training camp and two-a-days — that’ s a different story. He still has a long way to go. He’s looking really good right now.”
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Fortunately for Pacers fans, team president Larry Bird wasn’t influenced by the 2010 mock consensus. This was the best call of his career as a team president. None of the other players projected for the Pacers that year have had nearly the NBA career George has had, although Hayward, who went a pick ahead of George, has been productive enough for Utah to be awarded a max contract. No wonder NBA decision-makers either ignore the mock drafts or chuckle at them. “I don’t pay a lot of attention to them,” Pacers scouting director Ryan Carr said. “I’m more worried about where we have guys ranked. “I know the guys who run the main ones. They’re good guys and they’re working hard, but they’re doing it for public consumption, not for us. I’ll stick with our internal thinking rather than someone who isn’t in all our meetings and isn’t invested in what we’re trying to do.”
He was ready for the biggest challenge of all. A little more than 10 months after a horrific leg injury and just hours after impressing his coach with an hourlong workout, the Indiana Pacers’ two-time All-Star proclaimed he felt like his old self and was ready to face his biggest rival. “I’m dunking on both legs, and if we were in the Finals tonight, I’d be ready for LeBron,” George joked before the first pitch at a celebrity softball game. “I guess I should say I’d be ready for the Warriors.”
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With each year, George, the Pacers’ 2010 first round pick, has gotten more and more involved in the Indy community. Taking over for Roy Hibbert, he’ll co-host the annual Caroline Symmes Celebrity Softball Challenge with Robert Mathis from the Colts in June. The fans have always shown him great support, especially since his leg injury last August. “This is my city,” George said when I asked him about his increased involvement. “A city that I came to love and it’s vice-versa. This city has shown me the most love. I don’t think I do enough to be honest.”
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If you didn’t know, Pacers guard Paul George loves to fish. Loves it. Sometimes he takes his teammates out on the water to bond with them and talk about things. Like switching on pick and rolls and spacing and stuff like that. Probably. But recently, George won his first fishing competition, and I’m not saying basketball should worry because he’s found a new love in competitive fishing, but he did say that he’s “hooked” now, so I’m not not saying that.
Late in the regular season, Paul George returned from his serious leg injury to try and help the Pacers make the playoffs. While the Pacers fell just short of the postseason, George is still helping, only this time he is helping to make a difference in the lives of an Indianapolis family. According to The Indy Channel, George recently donated $10,000 to help the Esterline family buy a wheelchair-accessible van for their young daughter Daisy. George didn’t donate this sizable amount of money in a grand ceremony, instead he just went online and donated to the family’s GoFundMe account under his name.
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Paul George was diagnosed on site with a left calf strain. He has since gotten an MRI, which confirmed the trainer’s opinion. “There’s no timetable on his recovery but it’s not considered serious,” coach Frank Vogel said Friday after his end of the season wrap-up press conference. The good news is that it’s not an injury to the right leg he fractured on August 1, but instead his left one. Overcompensating and an increased workload was likely the cause. George was carried back to the locker room by teammates David West and Donald Sloan.
Inside a quiet Pacers’ locker room where the only sound was the water pressure from the showers, George spoke in a low voice. He tried to highlight the positives after enduring this latest setback, but judging from his somber tone, George had a tough time searching for the silver lining. “Just came off a screen and felt a pop, but they looked at it and it’s nothing more than just a calf strain,” George said, slowly. “It wasn’t a knee injury but it’s tough, you work so hard in rehab and have something else pop up. The good thing is, I know we’ve got a long summer and a lot to look forward to.”
Now, George waits to find out the extent of his calf strain. However, George has already accepted that he soon must take on a new road to complete recovery. “It’s motivation just to get back to who I was but I’m going to be smart about it,” George said. “I don’t know whether it was overcompensating being on the left or what but I’m motivated to make sure that this right leg is strong as my left, so nothing like this pops up again. It is frustrating but the good thing is I have a whole summer ahead of me and a lot to look forward to working out.”
Limited to a playing time restriction in the 15-minute range, George still scored 10 points. He has countered rust with aggressiveness and refused to settle for jumpers even if it resulted in some clunky-looking drives. “He’s a little slow right now but he’ll be fine once he gets his rhythm and his legs under him,” said Lance Thomas, one of several Knicks assigned to defend George Wednesday. “He’s a warrior for doing what he did to get back out there. … He just overcame a horrific event.”
Andrea Bargnani will end his season injured but playing as the Italian forward attempts to salvage his career and reputation. According to a team source, Bargnani suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb last week. The injury to Bargnani’s non-shooting hand will not prevent him from playing in the Knicks’ final five games, including Wednesday at the Garden against returning star Paul George and the Indiana Pacers (34-43).
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During the Pacers’ 112-89 win, George played 15 minutes and scored 13 points (5-of-12 from the floor with three 3-pointers) and picked up two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Though George also turned the ball over three times and picked up just as many fouls, the Pacers (34-43) outscored the Heat by 12 while he was on the floor. So, he’s back. And throughout the NBA, even rivals recognized the moment. “There’s been a lot of injury stories this year, but that’s one of the good stories,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We all saw it on TV. Even from a competitor’s standpoint, it was great to see that he’s back out on the court. It has to come on our game, who cares? The fact that an injured player is back, we’re not hiding from competition.”
After spending months in rigorous rehabilitation, undergoing two surgeries on his fractured right leg and vacillating between states of doubt and hope, Paul George will finally return to the court. As the Indiana Pacers host the Miami Heat on Sunday night, George will play 10-15 minutes off the bench in the latest step in the recovery process. “It’s almost (like) being drafted again,” George said, “and getting thrown back out there for the first time and fans getting a glimpse of their newest player, it’s that same feel.”