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March 29, 2015 Updates

Paul George is still hopeful he can make a return to the Indiana Pacers lineup this season. The two-time All-Star forward said he feels like he has passed all of the tests to play but is still waiting for clearance from the team's medical staff before he makes his season debut. "I feel good, but it's not just me who has to feel good," George said after Saturday's practice. "Everybody has to feel good about it. That's what we're waiting on. Everybody has to be on the same page." ESPN.com

The word among some Indiana Pacers officials is that Paul George hasn’t looked good in recent practices but has looked great. George suffered a hellacious compound fracture of both bones in his lower right leg during a scrimmage with the U.S. National Team last August. The scuttlebutt is George may return to action, possibly as soon as this week. The Pacers entered Saturday’s action one game out of the eighth – and final – Eastern Conference playoff spot. Racine Journal-Times

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March 24, 2015 Updates

The Pacers' two-time All-Star told reporters Monday that although he's eager to clear the final hurdle in his 7½-month recovery from a broken right leg by returning to game action, he's not going to push himself to go too soon. "We want to make sure I'm as close to 100 [percent] as possible," George said. "It's not coming down to you know, 'Paul's feeling good, let's get him out there.' It's about making sure everything's where I'm comfortable, where the medical staff is comfortable, where the front office is comfortable." ESPN.com

Bird said George's progress this week will help determine when he might return. "He's getting a lot better. I think he's gotta go through a series of tests this week, just like we've always been doing to see where he's at," Bird said. "I think he's cleared by the doctors to play, but obviously, he's not in shape. "Just because he's cleared to play doesn't mean he's in shape to play. And I don't want Paul to go out there until he feels comfortable with his conditioning and the way he's practicing. I'd like to see him do a little bit better." ESPN.com

March 23, 2015 Updates

Paul George's long-awaited return is still on hold. The Pacers say their two-time All-Star will not make his season debut Monday night against Houston -- and that they still have not established a timetable for his return. George has not played since his right leg gruesomely snapped after he ran into a basketball stanchion Aug. 1. USA Today Sports

Larry Bird on Paul George: "It was a rough go at the beginning, which we knew it was going to be. He (isn’t) going to be Paul George, 100 percent. We know that. But I think mentally he wants to get out there, play a few games and get ready to see what he needs to do this summer to get back to 100 percent -- and he will. "I expect him to play this year. I hope he does for his own good -- not for us to get in the playoffs or anything like that, but just for his own mental state. I think anytime you go through an injury like that, you have to get back out there and prove yourself. But he’s not going to be 100 percent." Twitter

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This summer’s mini-camp will include another exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV, where George snapped his right leg against the bottom of the basket stanchion last Aug. 1. The stanchions at Thomas & Mack have since been replaced by ones that are further from the court. Though George has been practicing with the Indiana Pacers for three weeks, he has yet to decide if he’ll play this season. But he told NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner on Wednesday that his summer plans won’t change whether or not he plays between now and the end of the Pacers’ season. And when asked about the mini-camp, he was clear that he intends to be there. “I’m in,” George said. “Of course.” “The day it happened,” George added, referencing his injury, “right after, I told them I looked forward to continuing on with USA basketball.” NBA.com

Griffin was chosen for the 2012 Olympic team, but was a late scratch (replaced by Davis) due to a knee injury. A back issue forced him to pull out of consideration for the 2014 World Cup team. And with so much time between now and August, he couldn’t say that he’d definitely be in Las Vegas. Paul was similarly unsure. Attendance at this summer’s mini-camp isn’t necessarily mandatory for those who want to be considered for the Olympic team, but it is a measure of a player’s commitment to USA Basketball. “All of our players are invited,” Colangelo said. “By who attends and who might not attend, that in itself is saying something. Really, this is all up to the individual guy. Each player makes his own decision on how he figures into USA Basketball.” NBA.com

March 16, 2015 Updates
March 15, 2015 Updates

When asked if he thought he would play this season, George's eyes shifted down as he chewed on his lip and searched for an answer. Later, George acknowledged that he accepted the reality that a comeback might be delayed until the start of the 2015-16 season. "For sure, that's always been the plan. It would have been a miracle..." George said before catching himself and changing gears. "I wouldn't say a 'miracle,' but it definitely would have been ahead of schedule to come back and play this year. That was the dream. But for sure to be on schedule to start next year." Indianapolis Star

For several weeks, media and fan interest have surged on a potential George comeback — sometimes, even overshadowing the Pacers' team success since the start of February — but coach Frank Vogel has carried around a caution flag, waving it at any mention of a perceived timetable for his star player's return. "He's coming, he's developing. We're not going to get into good days and bad days," Vogel said Friday. "When he's ready, we'll let you know." Indianapolis Star

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