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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 The stanchions at Thomas & Mack have since been replaced by ones that are further from the court.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

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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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A week ago, Paul George said he hoped to be the Indiana Pacers' missing piece. Friday, he said he didn't want to ruin the puzzle. Speaking to the media for just the third time since returning to practice, George was much more hesitant when talking about a potential return date than he had been previously. When asked directly, George paused, took a thoughtful breath, and said while he still wants to return, he doesn't want to risk jeopardizing the Pacers' recent strong play, which has seen the team win seven straight and 13 of their last 15. "I'm on the fence," George said. "Part of me is, they're playing so well, they've come together, to shake up the chemistry and add another body, another player in there... I don't want to be that guy that destroys what these guys have going." Indianapolis Star

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The current list of sidelined NBA stars is sobering—Derrick Rose, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Paul George, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Steve Nash—but it is not the worst season on record. Not even close, according to Jeff Stotts, who tracks injury trends on his website, InStreetClothes.com. Stotts' data indicates that this season will, in fact, end up falling below the average for the last 10 seasons. Through the 60-game mark, NBA teams had lost 3,165 player-games to injury, putting the league on pace for 4,326 games lost this season. That's below the 10-year average of 4,577 and well short of last season's mark of 4,989 games lost. Bleacher Report

March 9, 2015 Updates

Things are suddenly setting up nicely for the Indiana Pacers after they had it rough for so long. But since nothing has come easily this season, they aren't counting on that changing now. "Honestly, we're not even thinking about Paul George right now," coach Frank Vogel said. "Hopefully he can make it back this year and get in some games, but how effective is he going to be having not played in a year? This is a serious injury. He still has a lot of hurdles to pass before he's even able to get back on the court. "So our whole approach has been that he's not going to play with us this year. Even right now, we're trying to become the best possible team we can without him and if he gets back, that's just going to be a bonus." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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