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August 4, 2014 Updates

"The thing about breaking a bone is that if you get it back in the appropriate position, it can be as good as new," said Dr. James Gladstone, the co-chief of sports medicine at Icahn School at Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. "If the muscle is not involved and the bone and muscle are fully healed, then I think he will get back (to his previous form)." Sporting News

August 3, 2014 Updates

Famed trainer Tim Grover (he’s worked with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade) has now given his take on the matter, providing a step-by-step process of George’s recovery. Tim S. Grover: Probable Paul George timetable: 3-4 months: cast. Walk: 6 months. Run: 9 months. Plyo: 11 months. Basketball activities: 12 months. Mental return? No timetable. FanSided

Paul George underwent successful surgery after seriously injuring his right leg during a Team USA scrimmage Friday. George ran down the floor in pursuit of James Harden, but collided with the base behind the basked and suffered an open tibia-fibula fracture when he landed. While he’s been recovering in the hospital, USA coach Mike Krzyzewski visited him, which made for a very sweet and emotional photo. For The Win

He says the scene was unlike anything he’s ever seen before. “Any time you have superstar in this league go down like that, it’s something you don’t ever want to see again,” Lillard said to CSNNW.com via phone Saturday night. “It was tough to see, very emotional. Unreal, but out of respect for P.G. and his family, I think we just need to stay away from that topic. We don’t want them reliving that terrible incident.” CSNNW.com

George Sr. told The Star that his son suffered an "even break" in his right leg that will allow him to return at 100 percent. Though George is experiencing some pain, George Sr. displayed a smiling expression fitting the name of the medical center when he repeated the positive prognosis his son has received after undergoing successful surgery to repair an open tibia-fibula fracture. Doctors believe that the two-time All-Star will eventually return to his career with the same athletic capabilities as before. "Paul's doing well now. He's doing good. He's just resting right now," George Sr. said. "If it had to break, it broke the right way. It broke evenly, so they're saying he should be back 100 percent. But of course, he's got to go through his long process of healing and getting back in the gym but they're saying that shouldn't stop him from doing what he was doing once he's healthy again." Indianapolis Star

Besides being surrounded by his entire family — which includes two older sisters — USA men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski made a return visit, as did Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard who walked out of the hospital with a group that included George's agent as well as a Nike representative. "He was overwhelmed with everybody reaching out to him. I think that takes away some of the pain when you know that people care for you," George, Sr. said. "Larry Bird's been calling … Larry's been calling left and right, (asking,) 'How is he? Do I need to come out there?' " Indianapolis Star

Paul George has had a lot of support from the basketball community following his season-threatening injury Friday night. Now, he's seeing support from the football community. During the Colts' training camp session on Saturday a few Indianapolis players recorded a message for the injured Pacers' star. "PG this is Pat McAfee. I want you to know from the bottom of my heart I can't wait for your speedy recovery, brother. The state of Indiana is gonna miss you, the Pacers are gonna miss you, and we can't wait to see you get back on the court. You're the best, boss." – Pat McAfee Indianapolis Star

August 2, 2014 Updates

“Paul’s doing well now. He’s doing good. He’s just resting right now,” George Sr. said. “If it had to break, it broke the right way. It broke evenly, so they’re saying he should be back 100 percent. But of course, he’s got to go through his long process of healing and getting back in the gym but they’re saying that shouldn’t stop him from doing what he was doing once he’s healthy again.” Indianapolis Star

George, 24, suffered the shocking injury in the fourth quarter of the USA Men’s Basketball instrasquad showcase held in Las Vegas. While George, Sr. said “it’s possible” that his son will miss the 2014-15 season, the timetable will be judged after he returns to Indianapolis on Monday and visits local doctors. “We’re saying the whole year,” George Sr. said. “With an injury like that, you need some time off. “Doctors said give him at least three months before he can start putting weight on it,” George Sr. continued. “Then he said from there it’s up to him how far he can go with it. We’ll have to play it by ear. He’s hurting. He still can’t believe that this has happened.” Indianapolis Star

Dr. Patrick Kersey, who treated Louisville guard Kevin Ware when he sustained a similar injury during the NCAA tournament regional finals in 2013, said George will likely need 6 to 12 weeks to recover from surgery and another 6 to 10 weeks to get back to a normal walking gait. Kersey is not treating George. A complete recovery, Kersey said, normally takes 12 to 18 months, though the fact he is an elite athlete in top shape could speed up that timeframe. NBA.com

The hardest part for the Pacers might be keeping George off the court once he thinks he's ready. ''It's a challenge because (athletes) want to push the envelope always,'' Kersey said. ''The question that is already being asked this morning is how quickly can he get back. He needs to heal. First, he has to get back to a normal life, then his body needs to work in an efficient way and once those pieces are in place, he can start training.'' NBA.com

Ultimately, that will be a choice for each player and each franchise. As USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said Friday night, now is not the time to make any decisions like that. In the immediate aftermath of a franchise player going down, one who is about to start a five-year, $90 million deal that represents the deepest investment in Pacers history, there was an outcry in front offices of the dangerous downside of playing for the national team. This has long been an issue bubbling below the surface, forgotten during opening ceremonies and on medal stands but sure to flare up again now and perhaps threaten the fantastic capital Colangelo has built by transforming the program over the past eight years. That thorny conversation is sure to be revisited in the coming days, of course. Questions about the closeness of the basketball stanchion at UNLV will arise, as well. The NBA standard is four feet from the baseline, but in many arenas it is farther back than that. To the naked eye, the stanchion at UNLV appeared to be very close to that range -- and closer than what you'd find in a normal arena. ESPN.com

The Pacers' initial statement Saturday morning made it clear that they are focused on George, not on why the injury happened or whether it could've been prevented. "There is no question about the impact on our team but our goal is to be as strong-willed and determined as Paul will be in coming back," Pacers president Larry Bird said in the statement. "Our franchise has had setbacks in its history but has demonstrated the abilities to recover. Paul will provide the example of that off the court and it is up to the rest of us to provide that example on the court. Any discussion regarding the future of our team would be inappropriate at this time. Our focus is solely on Paul and doing whatever we can to help. ESPN.com

 

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