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August 6, 2014 Updates

Eager to do something to wish Paul George well after the horrific compound fracture of his lower right leg he suffered at a Team USA scrimmage last Friday night, Fresno State's athletic department came up with a clever idea. They made the former Bulldogs star a life-size get-well card. Everyone from fans, to players, to coach Rodney Terry piled into the Bulldog Shop on the Fresno State campus Tuesday to sign the back of the 6-foot-9 card. School officials intend to send the card to the Indiana Pacers later this week so they can give it to George. Yahoo! Sports

"My whole thing is that I didn't want to go into [Clippers training] camp and put myself in a worse position," he said. "It's not that my back is broken and I'm walking around with a broken back, or I'm in so much pain. "But if I start playing basically two months earlier than everybody else and then go through all of next season and the playoffs, then I'm probably going to put myself in a bad position. I couldn't do that." Los Angeles Times

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Danilo Gallinari. Coach Brian Shaw told us during the Vegas Summer League that the big man was on schedule to be ready for training camp. A return to form for Gallinari, who has missed the last year-plus following two surgeries to repair his knee, could skip a step in the rebuilding process for the Nuggets. NBA.com

Doctors say Paul George's biggest battle is yet to come, and it may take a year or more before he returns to the Pacers lineup. One day after the two-time All-Star suffered a gruesome open tibia-fibula fracture on his right leg during a USA Basketball intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas, the questions began in earnest about George's recovery -- and whether he'd ever regain the form a that made him one of NBA's most complete players. Sporting News

"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

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

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