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April 5, 2015 Updates

As the USA Basketball coach, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski was one of many who watched in horror when Paul George broke his leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage in August. And now, as George prepares to return to the court, a happy coincidence provided Krzyzewski an opportunity to wish him well on his return. For The Win

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." Indianapolis Star

Before the team left, there was a ceremony where Four-Star General Martin Dempsey, the United States current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented the USA team with honorary dog tags. Since Paul was unable to participate in the ceremony, General Dempsey will present Paul with his honorary dog tags on April 5 before the game. NBA.com

April 4, 2015 Updates

Paul George has chosen Easter Sunday to make his long-awaited comeback from a gruesome leg injury. George announced via Instagram on Saturday morning that he intends to play in Sunday night's home game against the Miami Heat. ESPN.com

March 31, 2015 Updates

He is a 6-foot-8 ghost who walks among them, a franchise player who flashes his old form often in scrimmages -- "I've seen him do windmills," teammate Roy Hibbert said -- but is still not back on the court. He was supposed to return March 14, according to him, and then he was supposed to return March 21, according to ESPN. Both predictions were wrong. And so the Pacers enter the final fortnight of the season still waiting, still hoping, that their franchise player can return. NBA.com

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

March 28, 2015 Updates
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

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